PARIS -- French carmaker Renault said on Thursday it had received 65,000 orders in Western Europe for its new Modus super-mini in the model's first three months.
The Modus, a roomier, more expensive version of the compact Clio, accounted for 17 percent of Renault's November sales, the company said in a statement.
Renault said the Modus represented 5 percent of new car sales in France in November and, along with the older Clio, had made Renault leader in the small car segment in western Europe.
It added that its November sales in the segment were up 25 percent on November 2003, thanks to the complementary nature of the Modus and the Clio.
Renault's French sales in November rose 22.8 percent to 50,613 units year on year, France's carmakers' association, the CCFA, said on Wednesday.
When Renault released its third-quarter sales in late October, Senior Vice President Alain Dassas said the firm was well placed to meet its target of producing 100,000 Modus cars by the end of the year.