New car sales in France continued to fall for the sixth month running in October, dropping 18.7% compared with October 2009, industry figures have revealed.
Adjusted for working days, October car sales were down 14.9% at 171,449 units, the French Automakers Federation (CCFA) said, falling steadily as government scrapping incentives were phased out.
The trade-in scheme, worth progressively less over the year, will finish completely at the end of December after having buoyed sales through the worst of the industry slump in 2009.
The CCFA said the slide in sales reflected the ending of the trade-in bonus system, with October’s sales back at October 2008 levels when the global economic slump began to really take hold.
French car makers held 54.7% of the market in October.
For the 10 months to October, French car sales are down 1.4% from the same period in 2010 at 1.83 million units.
The CCFA expects total sales in 2010 to reach two million units, representing a fall of 10% over 2009.