France, a pioneer in the automotive industry, continues to hold its place on the global stage as the 11th-largest automobile manufacturer in the world based on unit production in 2015. That number stays more or less the same, though now the industry on a global scale is in flux due to the many challenges posed by supply chain issues and the pandemic. Within Europe, it proudly stands as the third-largest, following Germany and Spain. This enduring legacy has been a testament to France's commitment to engineering excellence and innovation. At the heart of this thriving industry are two automotive giants: Stellantis and Renault Group.
Stellantis boasts ownership of some of the most iconic brands, including Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall, which were originally part of the PSA Group. Stellantis has left an indelible mark on the automotive world, representing the pinnacle of French automotive craftsmanship and innovation. On the other hand, Renault Group has played a pivotal role in shaping the automotive landscape. Under its umbrella, you'll find renowned brands like Renault, Alpine, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, along with a significant stake in Nissan, further cementing its influence on the global stage.
But the automotive story in France isn't limited to these powerhouses alone. Additional players have left their marks on the industry. For instance, Bugatti, a name synonymous with luxury and speed, Bugatti has redefined how a modern luxury car can look and behave on the road. Venturi is a small sports car manufacturer and Formula E team sponsor that exemplifies France's commitment to pushing the boundaries of performance and sustainability in the automotive realm. We also have to mention Aixam and Mega owned by Polaris Industries and headquartered in Aix-les-Bains. These microcar brands embody the essence of efficient urban mobility.