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by Tim Beissmann

Renault Australia reversed the local and global trend in November with disappointing sales figures.

Sales for the month were down 56 percent on 2008 in contrast to the rest of the market which rebounded by an average of 20 percent.

The Koleos was the best performer, accounting for 66 of the 154 units sold, increasing by 65 percent on November 2008 and likely to top 1000 sales in its first full year.

Other models are battling however, with just five Clios and two Grand Scenics finding homes in November.

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Sales for the year are down by from 3017 to 784 cars (-26 percent) compared to the industry average of a 9.3 percent decline.

The news has been better globally with Renault recording a 32.2 percent rise in passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in November.

Year-to-date sales of passenger cars are down just 2.1 percent to 1,852,917, with European markets leading the way towards the end of the year as many scrappage schemes come to an end.

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Despite this Renault has decided to continue with its short-time work scheme – where all employees work for fewer days than normal – until the end of 2010.

Renault said its business outlook remains “uncertain” and said factories could be closed for up to 45 days in 2010, similar to this year.

It is also considering giving workers their first pay rise since 2008 and will weigh that up against demand for its vehicles.




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