847,880 vehicles were scrapped in France in 2021 according to figures from AAA-Data.
According to a recent article in sudouest.fr, in 2021, the number of cars scrapped in France was half of the number of cars put into circulation on the roads in the same year:
847,880 vehicles were scrapped and 1,659,008 were put into circulation on the roads, according to figures from AAA-Data, relayed by Auto Plus’ recent magazine. Among the cars scrapped, there are damaged cars, non-running cars, wrecks and others sacrificed by the conversion bonus (PAC) set up by the government.
According to data sent by the Ministry of Ecological Transition to Auto Plus, 114,737 conversion bonuses were paid in 2021 (meaning that as many cars were scrapped in exchange for these bonuses. For five years, and the start of Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term, 912,099 bonuses have been paid. Each motorist received an average of 2,700 euros for this bonus.
In 2021, 2,300 vehicles were crushed per day. The cars sent for scrap have an average age of 20 years and 61% of them are diesels. Renault Mégane was scrapped most with 87,118, followed by the Renault Clio (78,930), then the Peugeot 206 (44,797).
Then there is the Citroën Xsara (34,146), the Renault Twingo (28,438), the Renault Laguna (26,794), the Peugeot 307 (25,683) and the Peugeot 306 (21,906). All of which are French brands. Foreign cars complete the ranking: Opel Corsa, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta.