Instead of transporting cars to the center of the country, the trucks are busy removing new cars from Eilat Port to the Bitbata parking lot (Photo: Keinan Cohen, Ohad Bar)
Everything was ready for a new car delivery record in January, but the opening of 2023 will not go down in the history of the domestic car industry because of an ancient reason: logistics.
In the port of Eilat and in the storage area in Bitbata, there are now tens of thousands of new cars that were imported in December in order to have time to release them from customs for the increase in the tax on plug-in electric vehicles, and the update of the green tax on gasoline and diesel vehicles, which the car importers are unable to transport to their delivery preparation facilities in the center.
In January, two additional factors added to the constant burden on the new vehicle carriers.
The first is the congestion in the storage areas in the port itself, which resulted in the Eilat port management demanding that the transport companies prioritize the removal of new cars from the port areas to Litbata, in order to make room for new shipments and other cargo.
In addition, the transport companies that own the specialized carriers for new vehicles also suffer from the shortage of heavy vehicle drivers that affects the entire transport industry.
Added to this is a jump in car imports in the last year through the port of Eilat, following the large increase in Chinese car imports.
Apart from Tesla, which unloads the Model 3 models produced in Shanghai at the port of Ashdod, the other transport companies unload Chinese vehicles in Eilat.
This is after years of a decrease in the volume of transport to the southern port of new cars, following the transition of the Japanese and Korean manufacturers to produce cars in Europe and the USA, from where cars arrive in Ashdod and Haifa.
In sixth place: BYD
While 37,000 new cars were delivered in January 2021, and the current record of 48,000 cars was set in January 2020, this morning only 31,000 new cars were registered in the licensing office that hit the road this month.
Hyundai continues to lead the market with 5,750 cars meanwhile, ahead of Mazda which jumped to second place in the market (3,600), Kia (2,810), Mitsubishi (1,800) and Toyota (1,876).
The electric cars also continue to strengthen, with a 12.5% share of the market, led by BYD, which occupies sixth place, with 1,500 cars, ahead of Geely, which delivered 542 electric cars, and Hyundai, which delivered 537. Tesla, which stunned the market with a dramatic price cut this month, delivered only one car as planned , as the previous stock was delivered before the tax increase in December, and another large shipment will arrive only in March.
In the meantime, Seat (1,280), Chery (1,150) and MG (with 1,148) stand out this month.
Mercedes continues to lead the luxury market with 1,107 deliveries, and Porsche has already put on the road this month the amount of cars it would have delivered in a year about a decade ago: 51 cars.
Ferrari, Bentley and Aston Martin each delivered two cars, and one Israeli received a new Lamborghini.
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