Provisional sales reports from car-maker Renault showed ‘passenger car’ (PC) and ‘light commercial vehicle’ (LCV) car sales dropped marginally in francophone Africa in the year to September 2016 despite an increase in global sales. Notable declines were seen in Chad, Niger, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On aggregate, sales in francophone Africa fell by 2.5% to just over 25,000 units sold in the year to September 2016.
Although the company sold more units in anglophone and lusophone sub Saharan Africa (SSA), the decline in those markets over the same period was more severe at almost 30% year on year. Renault experienced a sharp fall in sales in Angola, which is one of its most active SSA markets. Ghana, Senegal and Uganda have bucked the trend, posting strong sales so far this year. Sub Saharan Africa accounted for just over 1% of global sales for Renault in the PC and LCV category.