European registrations grow 6.2% through FebruaryAutomotive News
• Three of the top five markets fall in deliveries.
• The Volkswagen Group remains the leader although its sales are down 7%
The registrations of passenger cars and off-road vehicles in the European market as a whole were 2.24 million units in the first two months of the year. It represents growth of 6.2%, according to data published by the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (Acea).
The registrations remained in the 1.14 million units during the second month of the year. It represents a 2.1% increase compared to the same month of 2015. The association estimates that it is “modest growth, especially when compared to January figures, when sales grew 10.2%.” However, “in terms of volume, sales are at the level of February 2008, just before the crisis,” say the Acea. The automotive sector thus surpasses the bad years and continues to grow, estimates the employers.
It is growing despite the fact that three of the top five European automotive markets cut their registrations. France reduced its deliveries by 2.9% in the period, Germany also fell by 2.6% in trade and the United Kingdom reduced its purchases by 0.3%. Only the Italian market grew by 6.2% and Spain remained, with an increase of 0.2%.
Leader by brands
1. The car company Volkswagen led the sales of passenger cars and SUVs in Europe in the second month of the year, with 115,821 units. It implies a decrease of 7%.
2. It remains ahead of Renault, which registered 81,280 units, 5.3% more
3. Ford was in third place, with 71,226 units, down 2.3%.
4. The fourth position is for Opel / Vauxhall, with 70,355 units, 1.5% less.
5. Fifth, was Peugeot, with deliveries of 68,422 units, representing a decrease of 3.7%.
In Spain, sales plummet in March.
Another panorama is drawn in March in the registrations of passenger cars and SUVs in the Spanish market. During the first 15 days of the month. The sales of cars stood at 35,106 units. It represents a significant decrease of 22.1% compared to the same period of the previous year, according to data provided by the National Association of Motor Vehicles, Repair and Spare Parts (Ganvam).
The organization said that this fall is explained by “the decline in purchases from rental companies due to the seasonal effect of Easter, which last year was held in March and in 2017 will be in April.”
In the first fifteen days of the month, car rental companies acquired 8,183 cars, a sharp 49.7% drop.
Private customers closed the first half of the month with a volume of purchases of 17,448 units, which represents a fall of 9.4%, mainly due to the absence of Plan PIVE.
On the other hand, car and SUV registrations reached 9,475 units between 1 and 15 March, a 0.5% decrease compared to the same period of the previous year.
Ganvam’s president, Juan Antonio Sánchez Torres, stressed that, even taking into account the seasonal effect, these figures show the need to launch stimuli that contribute to the renovation of the park, “being increasingly essential a plan of Scrapping to encourage the removal of older cars, facilitating the purchase of a new or used car in less than five years.
FIVE DAYS Madrid 16-03-2017 15:41