Western European automotive market started to decline (EU + EFTA + United Kingdom). In January - according to ACEA data, the association of European car manufacturers - 1,135,116 cars were registered with a drop of 7.4%.
Auto: FCA, -6.7% sales in Europe in January
The FCA group registered 64,148 cars in Europe, EFTA and Great Britain in January, 6.7% less than in the same month of 2019. The share increased slightly to 6.7% compared to 6.6% in January of last year. Overall FCA achieves a better result than the market with share increases for the Fiat (+ 0.3%) and Lancia brands, up 0.1%. With over 47,200 registrations, the Fiat brand obtained a 4.2% share in January, up from 3.9% a year ago. Significant growth for the brand in Italy, where sales increased by 5.6% during the month. Panda and 500 confirmed once again absolute leaders in segment A, with a share of 37.6%. Panda is the best-selling car with almost 16,900 registrations and a 20.45% share: in terms of market share, January is the best month ever since its launch. Behind Panda the 500, which with more than 14 thousand registrations increases sales by 12.5%. Alfa Romeo registered 3,400 cars in the month for a share of 0.3%. Among the models, Stelvio in Italy is among the best sellers in its category, with a share of 11.3%. In our positive country, Giulia's result was also at the top of the D segment among the sedan versions. There are 10,800 Jeeps registered in January that allow the brand to maintain its 1% share, the same as a year ago. Significant results for Renegade which, with almost 5,600 registrations, obtains a 4.2% share in its category while more than 4 thousand are Compass sales: both models are at the top of sales in their respective segments in Italy. Lancia also closed the month with a better result than that of the market: with 6,250 registrations it obtained a share of 0.6%. Ypsilon is also among the best-selling cars in Italy in January (second overall) and confirms its leadership in the B segment with a share of 17.2%.
Auto: Quagliano, sales down but greener
There are several reasons for the Centro Studi Promotor that affect the start of red sales of cars in Europe, EFTA and Great Britain. "In the first place - explains the president Gian Primo Quagliano - in January we are paying the forcing made in December to dispose of car stocks that it would no longer have been possible to sell in 2020 for the new crackdown on emissions levels. Demonization still weighs diesel which determines a growing interest in alternative power supplies which does not correspond to an offer of electric cars consistent with the spending capacity of the mass of motorists and a situation of infrastructure for recharging batteries still very far from the minimum standards ". The consequence is "a growth in percentage terms, but not in absolute values of the registrations of electric cars accompanied by the demand for heavy incentives, but at this moment there are no conditions in Europe for these to be accepted. The economic situation is slowing down and Coronavirus flu could also severely penalize car purchases. " In the 5 major markets, the most significant drop is in France (-13.4%) with sales of electric cars which in January reached a share of 10.9% compared to 2.8% in January 2019. The drop was more contained in Germany (-7.3%) with a sharp decrease in registrations of diesel cars to the benefit above all of petrol solutions, but also of alternative fuel supplies. Italy also recorded a 5.9% drop with a growth in interest in alternative power supplies. In particular, for the pure electric car the increase is 586.6%, but the incidence on the total sales remains very modest (from 0.2% in January 2019 to 1.2%). In the United Kingdom the drop is 7.3% and there is also a strong interest in alternative food. Spain closed January with a 7.6% drop.