Renault Achieves New Monthly Sales Record, Clio The Star Photo:
Tony O'Kane | Jul, 06 2015 | 12 Comments

Renault Australia has more than enough reason to feel bullish about its place in the Australian market, having just notched up a record month of sales with 1410 cars sold in June - its best monthly result since re-entering the country in 2001.

Not only that, but, for the Financial Year 2015, Renault Australia recorded a record 11,331 sales - an all-time best for any French car brand in Australia.

The Clio has been 'the force' behind that result, with 299 sold in June and 1386 sold since the start of the year.

Of those 299 sales 62 were for the Clio RS, giving Renault's baby hot hatch a significant 20 percent slice of the sales pie.

The Koleos medium SUV, despite its advanced age (this is its eighth year of existence), is still a strong performer for Renault Australia with some 224 sold in July. Credit much of that to a range refresh that was introduced in May.

The Megane hatch and wagon range was third-down on Renault Australia's sales totem, with 204 sales for July and 763 for 2015 so far. The Clio-based Captur compact SUV was next, with 170 July sales.

While Renault's sales are the healthiest they've ever been, it still remains a minor player in the segments it competes in.

Most of its core models account for between 0.7 and 1.4 percent of their respective segments, though the Clio performs slightly better with a 2.5 percent market share.

But both the Megane and Koleos are due for replacement - and soon.

The Megane's all-new successor is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and the next-generation Koleos will likely debut toward the end of 2015.

The Koleos is also expected to gain a seven-seat variant, which will give it an edge in a medium SUV segment where such a configuration isn't that wide-spread.

Meanwhile the new Megane promises improved quality and refinement to go head-to-head with the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308.

Once both become available Down Under, new Megane and Koleos, Renault will have reason to be confident of its firming base here.

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