Citroen have reported a significant growth in sales throughout the first half of this year.
The brand’s global sales have risen by seven per cent to 624,000 vehicles sold, with 85 per cent of those sales coming from Europe and China.
China remains the carmaker’s largest market, accounting for a quarter of the company’s overall global sales. More than 160,000 vehicles were sold there, a 16 per cent gain which outstripped the overall market growth in that region by three per cent.
In Europe, the company’s sales still rose by 10 per cent, which also outperformed the European market’s overall growth by three per cent.
Citroen’s second-largest market, France, saw sales rise by eight per cent, but the largest sales came from Spain, with a spectacular 28 per cent increase.
The most popular model sold in Europe this year so far has been the C3 supermini, with a massive 106,000 sold. Close behind was the award-winning C4 Picasso MPV, of which there were 69,000 units sold to the European market.
Citroen are also expecting to match their growth with a further increase in sales throughout the second half of the year, thanks largely to fresh products like the new C4 Cactus and C1.
Just a month after its launch, 7,000 orders have already been placed for the Cactus, which goes on sale in the UK in October and 4,500 orders have also been placed for the C1.
The new C4 Cactus represents a daring move on behalf of the brand in response to the changing needs of modern car owners, and Citroen claim that the model will offer ‘a real alternative’ to the traditional compact hatchback.
In addition, Citroen’s DS luxury brand also performed well throughout the first half of the year. Sales so far have totalled 63,800 worldwide, with China again proving to be the biggest market and accounting for 16 per cent of the overall sales.
Sales of the DS in Europe have been bolstered by the revealing of Special Edition DS models, including the recent DS3 Noire designed in conjunction with Benefit Cosmetics.