The French group saw an 8.4% rise in international markets, but was faced with a 2.7% decline in Western Europe.
As a result, PSA Peugeot Citroen ended the year with a 5.4% share of the world automobile market.
The Peugeot 407 sold 241,000 units in 2005, driving a 36% increase in Peugeot sales in the upper-medium segment. The Peugeot 206 sold 673,000 units. Sales of the Peugeot 607 were up 11% for the year, thanks to the introduction of a new model equipped with a V6 HDi engine and particulate filter. Nearly 150,000 units have been sold since the 607 was launched in 2000.
For Citroen, 2005 saw the introduction of the C4, whose 239,000 units sold helped to double the marque's sales in the lower-medium segment.
The Citroen Xsara Picasso had sales of 185,000 units. The Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1 sold 33,000 and 32,000 units respectively.
The Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner made combined sales of sales of 315,000.
In the United Kingdom, PSA held 10.2% of the car and light commercial vehicle market with 283,300 registrations.
PSA expects demand in Europe to remain at 2005 levels. It said 2006 would see a ‘major new stage in the model renewal process’, beginning with the launch of the Peugeot 207 in April.
Sales outside Western Europe are expected to continue to increase at the same sustained pace as in the past two years, led by the launch of new models by both marques in the Mercosur countries and China.
Worldwide sales of PSA Peugeot Citroen in 2004 and 2005 (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles)