French car output ticks up in 2023

French passenger car production increased by 2% last year compared to 2022, says French carmakers’ association Organisation Internationale Des Constructeurs Automobiles (OICA).

The country’s automakers produced 1,026,690 passenger cars in 2023. When compared to 2019, however, the year before the pandemic, output decreased by 38%. In 2019, France produced 1,662,963 cars, compared to 927,344 produced in 2020 and 918,825 in 2021, Kallanish notes.

Light commercial vehicles (LCV) output in 2023 jumped by 28% year-on-year to 478,386 units. French production of passenger cars and LCVs combined increased last year by 11% to a total of 1,505,076. Compared to 2019, when the country produced 2,172,515, production declined by 31%.

According to the latest World Steel Association data, first-quarter crude steel production was slightly over 2.5 million tonnes. In 2023, the country’s output stood at 10mt.

Natalia Capra France