Sales of passenger cars and SUVs in Spain reached a volume of 42,377 units in the first month of the year, a 1% increase compared to 41,961 units in January 2021, according to data from the associations of manufacturers (Anfac), dealers (Faconauto) and sellers (Ganvam).
The three associations indicated that the growth experienced last month is produced by the comparison with January 2021, “a month in which the Covid-19 pandemic converged with the historical snowfall Filomena, which had populations such as Madrid blocked for almost two weeks of the month ».
They also indicated that the figures for January this year are better than those for the same month in 2021, although they represent the second lowest month in the historical series since 2000, due to the economic crisis and the lack of microchips, a situation that “fundamentally” reduces vehicle stocks.
Given these data, Anfac’s Director of Communication, Noemi Navas, stressed that the current situation “is bad”, although she indicated that measures can be taken to avoid deepening the crisis. “Greater tax pressure on renovation complicates the situation, retracts the consumer and penalizes decarbonization,” he pointed out.
Raúl Morales, Director of Communications at Faconauto, explained that the change of year has not brought about a new trend in registrations, which have been reduced “to the minimum», up almost half compared to the figures before the pandemic.
In addition, the Director of Communication at Ganvam, Tania Puche, stated that, for the second consecutive year, it has started with a monthly figure of less than 50,000 registrations, a volume that is half of what corresponds to the Spanish market by level motorization, population and per capita income.
All the channels, except the ‘rent a car’, ended January with an increase in their registrations. Thus, private customers acquired 21,567 cars, 13.3% more, while companies acquired 19,195 cars, 4.4% more.
For its part, registrations under leasing contracts experienced an increase of 22.9% last month, up to 11,076 units. However, car rental firms cut their purchases by 64.4% in January, to 1,615 units.
On the other hand, the data from Anfac, Faconauto and Ganvam show that the average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of passenger cars sold in Spain in January stood at 118 grams per kilometer, which represents a decrease of 7% . In addition, models powered by alternative energies represented the most demanded technology in Spain in January, with 45% of registrations, ahead of gasoline models, with 38.3%, and diesel, with 16.7 %.
By segments, the greatest growth was recorded among the off-road (+83.3%), urban (+34.5%) and small SUV (+13.8%) models, while the most pronounced decreases were concentrated among minivans small (-74%), large minivans (-37.9%) and large passenger cars (-14%).