Last night, the Automobile Importers Association published the delivery data for 2022, indicating a 7.8% drop in new vehicle deliveries, which was mainly due to inventory problems that accompanied most of the car importers in the country.
Despite this, and despite the significant price increases of many models, a total of 268,145 new vehicles were delivered in Israel and according to senior officials in the automotive industry, if they could meet the demands, the year could end with close to 300,000 deliveries if not for the supply problems.
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One of the interesting figures of the past year is the growing fondness of the people of Israel for electric cars, which recorded a record for the year with 27,671 deliveries, and an impressive market share of 10.3%.
This figure includes only the 100% electric cars (BEV), and if we also add to the list the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that combine an internal combustion engine and an electric engine, the figure is even more impressive with 91,129 deliveries and a market share of 34%, despite the cancellation of the benefit The tax for the hybrid models at the beginning of 2022.
Among the 60 car brands currently marketed in Israel, about 32 also sold electric cars (BEV) this year.
The Geely Geometry C was the best-selling electric car with 6,816 deliveries, ahead of Tesla with 6,047 deliveries (most of the Model 3), BYD with 3,710 deliveries in just three months, Hyundai with 2,642 deliveries (most of the Ioniq 5), Eways with 1,312 deliveries, Skoda with 1,262 passes and Skywell with 745 passes.
Mercedes led the luxury market with 712 electric cars and Polestar recorded 119 deliveries in the first few months of marketing.
But not everything was rosy in the electrical industry either.
MG, which two years ago led the market, suffered from the Chinese blockade and delivered only 34 of the ZS EV models, which two years ago was the best-selling electric car in Israel.
JAC is also disappointing so far with 191 deliveries when it expected 2,000 deliveries this year upon its launch.
Photography: Shashi Cohen
The ten best-selling models in Israel in the past year were: Kia Picanto (in the main photo) which delivered 12,971 cars, Toyota Corolla with 10,751 deliveries, Hyundai Tucson with 7,432 deliveries, the old Mazda 2 which surprised with 6,941 deliveries, Geely Geometric C with 6,516 deliveries, Toyota Yaris Cross with 6,038 passes, Hyundai Ioniq in its last year with 5,747 passes, Kia Sportage with 5,728 passes, Hyundai Elantra with 5,669 passes and Kia Seltos with 5,480 passes.
Analyzing sales by brand, Hyundai continued to safely lead the market and, despite a 1.4% drop, delivered 42,540 cars.
Kia climbed to second place with 38,224 and despite a 4.5% drop in deliveries, it was ahead of Toyota which fell by 11.3% due to inventory problems in a number of key models (Yaris, C-HR and more) with 36,881 deliveries.
Mazda surprised by jumping 24.2% to deliver 18,770 cars despite not launching any new vehicles during the year, but enjoyed manufacturer support and suffered almost no inventory problems.
Despite a 30.4% drop in deliveries due to inventory problems, Skoda managed to break into the top five with 13,559 cars.
Following the list of the top ten brands Mitsubishi with 11,689 deliveries (8.9%-), Suzuki with 8,683 deliveries (17.8%-), Citroen with 8,246 deliveries (an increase of 10.7%), and a pair of electric cars that close the top ten: Geely with 6,816 deliveries and Tesla with 6,047 deliveries (4%-).
Other notable declines (almost all due to inventory problems) were recorded this year by Peugeot (-25.5%), Seat (-51.5%), Chevrolet (-42.9%), Renault (-51.0%), Nissan (-68.7%) and Honda which probably You will be happy to forget this year with an 86.7% crash in sales that was expressed in only 407 new cars delivered this year (even less than the amount of cars that arrived under the auspices of the corresponding imports).
On the other hand, MG managed to get stronger thanks to the EHS plug-in model (71.9%), Cupra (139.6%) and Opel (34.6%).
Photography: Shashi Cohen
Despite a 6% drop in the luxury market, Mercedes managed thanks to the support of the manufacturer and a large supply of electric models to grow by 14.9% to the top of the luxury market with 4,743 deliveries.
BMW more or less maintained its strength with 3,404 deliveries (-2.8%) and was ahead of Audi, which lost the lead due to significant inventory problems and dropped to third place with 2,809 deliveries (-25.4%).
The fourth place was taken by Jeep with 2,339 deliveries (-7.1%) and Lexus closed the opening five with 1,845 and a decrease of only half a percent.
Other notable figures in the luxury market: Volvo fell by 26.1%, Genesis jumped by 98.5% and Alfa Romeo lost 47.0%.
Additional interesting data: Porsche handed over 251 cars here (25.5%), Maserati with 54 deliveries (exactly like last year), Bentley with 26 deliveries, Ferrari in its record year in Israel with 19 deliveries, Aston Martin tripled itself and put 12 cars on the road and also Hongch Y ("The Chinese Rolls-Royce") proved that Chinese electric cars can be sold here for NIS 400-500 thousand and delivered 92 cars here.
If the car importers thought that the past year was also challenging in the industry, we opened 2023 with another increase in the purchase tax, a significant increase in prices for most manufacturers, fear of an economic slowdown in the economy and another increase in interest rates that makes the popular credit in the car market very expensive, which means that the coming year will also be interesting .
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