European car market, growth slows in June

A June 2021 new cars registered in Europe reached 1,282,503, a number that compared to 1,131,895 cars in June 2020 represents a +13,3%. The growth of the market continues, therefore, but at a slower pace than in previous months, when the sales numbers were compared with the first period of the total lockdowns from Coronavirus.

However, the constant recovery of registrations is not enough to bring the market back to pre-pandemic levels, given that the comparison of June 2021 with June 2019 still marks a -14%.

In the first six months of 2021, sales of new cars in Europe (EU + EFTA + UK) totaled 6,486,351 units, with a growth of 27.1% on the first half of 2020. The comparison with the period January-June 2019 shows still a heavy drop of -23%.

Germany did well in June and Italy in the semester

Among the main European automotive markets, the + 24.5% of Germany stands out in June 2021, leader of growth together with the United Kingdom (+ 28%) and followed by Spain (+ 17.1%) and Italy (+12, 6%). In contrast is France which last month recorded a -14.7%. The only other major markets that fell in June were Belgium (-16.3%) and Austria (-2.3%).

Looking at the first half of 2021, we see that Italy is the one with the greatest growth over 2020 (+ 51.4%), a result dictated above all by the comparison with almost three months of sales stoppage last year. The ranking of recoveries is followed by the United Kingdom (+ 39.2%), Spain (+ 34.4%), France (+ 28.9%) and Germany (+ 14.9%).

Volkswagen still ahead of Stellantis

At the car group level, the consolidation in the first position of the Volkswagen group was confirmed in June 2021, which with 345,633 vehicles registered recorded a + 26.1% on June 2021, followed by Stellantis at 258,657 units with a + 11.5%. Third is the Renault group with + 7%. On the other hand, the groups Daimler (-10.1%), Ford (-19.8%), Volvo (-6.8%) and Nissan (-12.6%) are down.

Looking at the numbers of the individual brands, one can instead see the good moment of Hyundai (+ 56.8%), Kia (+ 46.5%), smart (+ 106.3%), Jaguar (+ 55.2%) ), Seat and Cupra (+ 45.8%), Jeep (+ 33.8%) and Toyota (+ 31.7%). On the other hand, Peugeot (-2%), Alfa Romeo (-16.2%), Renault (-23.8% and Mercedes (-12.8%) fell.

Source: Italia – News by

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