The Frenchies love to drive small compact cars. It is very popular to see mini and micro cars in French big cities.
Have you ever wondered why? When i first visited France in 2010, i was amazed at how small their cars are compared to the big cars i am used to seeing in Lagos and Abuja.
Most French people drive sedans such as Audi A5 , Citroen C5 , Peugeot 607, BMW. It is rare to see cars like Range Rover Sports, Cadillac Escalade, Continental GT Bentley, Rolls Royce Phantom, Infiniti QX56.
You don't get to see a pick-up truck, 4x4 and SUV in big cities like Paris, Marseille, Nice, Lyon. They are mostly used in mountains and countryside.
Living in France today, i understand better why French people drive small cars. Here are some of the reasons based on my own opinions...
- French roads are small, it's better to have a small car to fit into them
- Fuel is very expensive in France and small cars don't consume much
- French roads are in good conditions, they don't need 4X4 to ply their roads
- Parking is rare in France, when you find a place, it's easier when you have a small car
- French people who don't get fat due to their good eating habits are able to fit comfortably into these cars
- The French couples have between one and two children, they don't need big cars for the whole family
- The new French tax schemes add extra fees to vehicles that emit more CO2 while buyers of cars that emit less than 130g/km of CO2 actually get money back. 200 Euros to 5,000 Euros. Rebates can be up to 5,000 Euros.
The French people also love 2-door cars. They also prefer to drive manual transmissions as they believe automatic cars are more for old people.
4-door cars are often considered as family cars. During the week-end, when the family go out together, you see more of family cars in form of minivans like Citroen C4 , Peugeot 807 , Chrysler voyager.
Even their vans are small...
Police cars are small as well.