Industrial vehicles consolidate as the only growing segment – ​​El Mercantil

The registrations of industrial vehicles this month of July represent the only oxygen balloon of the sector in Spain after chaining a first half of continuous crashes. According to data provided by the National Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), registrations and sales of heavy vehicles increased in July by 23.5% compared to the same month of the year. previous year, with a total of 1,726 units. sold. In the year-to-date figure, the figure reached 13,126 units, which was 7.2% higher than the same period in 2021. Except for light industries, the other segments achieved notable increases.

However, the positive data ends there, as light commercial vehicles continue to plummet, with a reduction of 17.9% and a total of 11,279 units registered in July. In the cumulative figure for the year, the percentage drop increased to 33.1% and registrations remained at 68,138 units. For another month, the sector has directly pointed to the poor economic situation, uncertainty in the supply chain and in the pockets of users, as well as the lack of microchips as the main cause of deterioration. All of this “has been aggravated by the sharp rise in inflation and energy prices,” explains Anfac spokesman Félix García.

From Faconauto, Raúl Morales indicates that the market remains “depressed, more than 30% below the figures for 2019 and with the same problems as in recent months”. That is to say, car dealership employers recognize that there is a lack of stock and little security in purchasing. He also points to the increase in the price of all vehicles, which averages 6% so far this year. For its part, the Association of Motor Vehicle Sellers (Ganvam) also notes an upsurge in concern in the sector and stresses that “we have to go back to 2012 to see a month of July with a lower volume of registrations” .

INDUSTRY CONCERNED BY DROP IN PASSENGER CAR REGISTRATIONS
The drop in car and SUV registrations remains the main concern for the sector and the associated logistics. Until July, sales of passenger cars and SUVs were down 11% compared to the same period of the previous year, with a total of 481,135 units. Only the month of July recorded a decrease of 12.5% ​​compared to the same month of 2021, with a total of 73,378 units. “Traditionally, July was one of the best months of the year for the car as families planned to buy their new car before the holidays and car rental companies reinforced their fleets for the summer campaign,” says Raúl Morales (Faconauto). that did not happen this year.
“In addition to the lack of vehicles at points of sale due to the chip crisis, there is galloping inflation which is increasingly reducing the purchasing power of families”, explains Tania Puche (Ganvam). All these factors make users increasingly delay the acquisition of private vehicles, as Félix García (Anfac) points out. “A situation that neither represents a benefit for road safety, nor contributes to the process of necessary decarbonisation of the old-fashioned Spanish car fleet.”

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