The sale of cars rises 19.16% in February and already exceeds 138,000 units in the accumulated

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Registrations of passenger cars and SUVs in Spain reached 74,001 units, 19.16% more compared to the 62,102 registered in the second month of 2022, according to data from manufacturer associations (Anfac), dealers (Faconauto) and sellers ( ganvam).

In the accumulated of the first two months of 2023, deliveries of cars in the Spanish market stood at 138,039 units, which represents a year-on-year increase of 32.1% in relation to the 104,470 units recorded in the same period of 2022.

Regarding these data, the three organizations have indicated that in the last months of 2022 sales fell due to “bottlenecks in vehicle transport”, for which reason the organization considers that “it is not clear how much of the increase obtained in January and February would correspond to these sales retained in November and December”.

Likewise, they have stressed that despite the increase registered in the second month of the year, registrations are still 22% lower than those of February 2020, the pre-pandemic period. Along these lines, they have stressed that the accumulated figure for 2023 is still 24% lower than the pre-pandemic period.

By channels, private customers purchased 32,463 passenger cars and SUVs in February, an 8.6% increase, and 64,489 units accumulated in the year, 25.3% more, while companies registered 32,041 units in February, 12 .9% more, and 59,908 units since January, 25.9% more.

For their part, the ‘rent a car’ firms acquired 9,497 passenger cars and SUVs in the national market in the second month of 2024, which represents a strong increase of 148.9%, while in the accumulated figure up to February the figure it shot up 151.4%, up to 13,642 units.

Likewise, the registration data for February indicate that the average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of passenger cars sold in the second month of the year remain at 118.8 grams per kilometer traveled, 0.95% lower than the average. of emissions from new passenger cars sold in the same month of 2022.

In the accumulated of 2023, emissions stand at 118.7 grams of CO2 per kilometer travelled, 0.46% less than the same period of the previous year.

“Growing is always positive, but when compared to the data from February 2020, when we still did not know about the pandemic, it still places us a long way off. In that February, 98,221 units were registered, so we still have a monthly market that loses more than 20,000 sales in comparison. The parts supply chain continues to improve, which benefits the improvement, but we still have logistical bottlenecks”, has valued the director of communication of Anfac, Félix García.

Along these lines, he stressed that prices “do not help”, in reference to inflation that continues to rise, “although in a more contained way”.

“That is why the sector insists that if the aid for the purchase of electrified vehicles were direct and not subsidies, it would help to promote the market as a whole and more so the low and zero emissions market that contributes, to a great extent, to rejuvenating a mobile fleet that flirts with being 14 years old”, he added.

Meanwhile, Faconauto’s communication director, Raúl Morales, has opined that the improvement in registrations in February means chaining two consecutive months with a positive market, although he has remarked that the organization does not foresee “a change in trend” in relation to the previous year since the operations that were pending last December are being registered in these first months of 2023.

“It is a priority to recover the market and there is no doubt that this start of the year is encouraging, but we have to make this become a trend and that, little by little, the path of registrations necessary for a country and an economy like Spain is recovered “, he asserted.

Likewise, the communication director of Ganvam, Tania Puche, has indicated that the momentum of registrations in February continues to rise thanks, above all, to the rental channel, which doubled its purchases with respect to the same month of the previous year.

“However, we are still very far from pre-pandemic levels, so despite the improvement we cannot speak of market recovery. The economic uncertainty and the difficulties in the logistics and supply chain will not allow, at least, until 2024 to overcome the psychological barrier of one million units registered per year”, he highlighted.

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