|100k C4 Picassos were sold in 2013.|
Citroën managed a slight increase in 2013, after an 11.4% drop in 2012. By combining both Citroën and Peugeot car sales, you find Citroën's share has increased from 40% in 2011, 42.5% in '12 and now 45%.
I think years ago when Peugeot acquired Citroën, one of the brands should have been a mass market brand and the other gone more upmarket. That didn't happen although the DS models in the Citroën range have been a move to take the brand up a notch in both image and profitability. Much more needs to be done in that area.
When it comes to the DS models, they are based on other Citroëns and I wondered whether to class them with the donor vehicle, but decided to keep them separate. The Xsara Picasso I assume was replaced by the C3 Picasso, but it may also have been superceded by the C4 Picasso too. I guess it doesn't matter too much.
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|10||10||11||C4 Air-X/C Cr||13,757||1.1%||-32%|
Data source: Thanks to PSA.
Summary: I wonder what direction Citroën will take from here. Going more upmarket would be an option, leaving Peugeot to take the volume route. I guess the classier DS range has been reasonably successful but the sales for them are still quite low. It would be a long process to get Citroën to a higher level because with premium cars, perception is everything and Citroën is still very much viewed as a mass market brand.
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