Car market continues to suffer (Update)
In June of this year, 16,3% fewer cars were registered in Belgium and Luxembourg compared to the same month in 2020. Thus, the balance is positive for the first semester compared to last year (+ 7,3%, 232 391 newly registered cars), but seriously negative compared to the 310 000 cars in 2019 (-25,1%).
Sector federation Febiac also points to the semiconductor shortage as one of the main factors, and of course, the pandemic, which isn’t finished yet. As the Brussels Motor Show organizer, Febiac also indicates the absence of a show at the beginning of 2021 as one of the major reasons for the backdrop in sales.
The fact that in June the sales figures were worse than in the same month last year also causes a big concern at sector federation Traxio. Even the sales of second-hand cars, until now almost immune to the pandemic crisis, are now falling back (-5,7% in June compared to last year).
“These figures are alarming for the whole car sector,” says Filip Rylant, spokesman for Traxio. “Everybody hopes that the production and delivery problems (chips shortage, etc.) will soon be solved. After that, sales of new cars should rise to an acceptable level again, evidently so when the sales of second-hand cars start to lose pace.”
BMW still king
Fort the first half-year, BMW retains its pole position, registering 23 858 sales in total, or a market share of 10,27%. Last month, however, VW recaptured first place, followed by daughter Audi. Mercedes is fourth in the ranking for June, Peugeot fifth.
If we look at the brands which have performed well, BMW is outstanding with a 36,76% increase compared to 2020, followed by Audi (+29,28%), Volvo (+25,93%), Peugeot (+18,43%), Skoda (+16,01%) and Mercedes (+10,81%).
Also worth mentioning, but less spectacular in absolute figures, are the 22,61% growth of Mini, the +21,9% of Mazda, or the +25,93% for Porsche. The market top 5 is as follows: BMW, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Audi, and Mercedes.
Brands that are not doing so well these first 6 months are Renault (-19,08%), Fiat (-15,08%), Nissan (-19,24%), DS (-14,45%) Honda (-14, 01%), Lexus (-11,84%), Alfa Romeo (-10,02%), and Toyota (-9,08%).
Noteworthy is also the -13,07% regress of Tesla, but like Toyota, they’ve (re)made good progress in June (+20,82% and +34,50%, respectively).
That same month of June was a small catastrophy for Renault (-59,02%), Ford (-44,80%),or Nissan (-43,72%) and Alfa Romeo (-42,07%). Ford has one consolation: it already sold 700 Mustang Mach-E EVs this year, which is still some 270 more than newcomer Polestar, for example.
Same tendencies in Germany…
With 1 390 889 cars sold in Germany, the last 6 months were the second-worst sales semester since 1991, the worst being the first 6 months of 2020 due to the pandemic.
The problems with the availability of semiconductors also give trouble for German manufacturers. As a result, sector association VDA has dropped its production forecast for this year from +13% to +3% compared to a disastrous 2020.
Nevertheless, all sector organizations predict a better second half of the year. Volkswagen stays number one in Germany and saw its sales rise by 23,9% compared to last year. The same for BMW (+19,8%). Mercedes, on the contrary, has stagnated (-0,6%).
Electric and hybrid cars continue to grow in popularity. Full electric cars rose by 311,6%, representing already 11,6% of new sales. Hybrids rose by 191%.
… and France
The same story in France. 922 600 cars were sold in the Hexagone between January and June 2021. That is 28,9% better than in 2020 but 20,9% worse than in 2019. And like in Belgium, June has been a dreadful month, with 14,7% fewer sales than in 2020 and 13,9% less than in 2019.
Stellantis has done well when talking brands, obtaining 34,5% of market share and 26,3% better sales for the first 6 months. On the other hand, the Renault Group has a 23,4% market share but progressed only 15,4%. Although most of the growth is due to Dacia (+54,7%), Renault sales have been rather stable (+4,3%).
Amongst the imported brands, VW is the big winner (+54,8%), while the others obtain between +6,1% (Toyota) and +2,9% (Daimler).
Diesel cars have been eroding further (23% market share now), while hybrid cars already represent 24,3% of the new car market. Full electric cars also progress (to almost 8% market share) while petrol cars still represent more than two-fifths of the market (42,3%).
The model top five in sales are Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Peugeot 2008, Dacia Sandero, and Citroën C3.