Themotor marketIn the Canary Islands, 15.25% fell in January (-14.20% in the province of Las Palmas and -16.57% in Santa Cruz de Tenerife), according to data provided by theCanary Regional Federation of Automobile Importers and Car Dealers (Fredica). A total of 2,617 vehicle sales were registered in January in Las Palmas compared to 3,050 in the same period of 2019 and, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 4,661 vehicles were registered, 839 less than in the same month of a year earlier.
In a statement, the employer recalls that January has not traditionally been a remarkable month in terms of sales in the sector, but adds that the data from the start of 2020 are “worse than expected.” Thus, the passenger car market fell by 17.45%, with a drop in sales to individuals, companies and car rental companies. On the other hand, the all-terrain also fell by 11.28% in general, although this market grows in sales channels to rental companies and companies. The private channel decreased by 19.38%. In the industrial market there were setbacks in light, medium and heavy transport, while in the two-wheeler, motorcycle sales grew 1.15% while the moped market fell 2.5%.
Despite clearing doubts in the general economic situation – disengagement frombrexit, normalization in business relationsUSA-China, German economy in the recovery and conformation phase of a government in Spain-, the automobile sector continues the uncertainty of how its market will be and what the Executive will do regarding the policy applicable to the sector, according to Fredica.
For its president,Rafael Pombriego, it is “necessary that the Government establish a clear message”. “The logical and ideal thing would be to transmit to the public opinion by the Spanish Executive, in an absolutely determined way, that a thermal vehicle can be acquired with absolute guarantees of use and, therefore, without circulatory restrictions,” he adds.
For this, he stresses “it would be essential that in the transitional period until 2050 there is no discrimination of any kind for users of this type of vehicle.” “Defining this issue clearly is key since, if this imposition continues, only uncertainty will be generated with a pernicious effect on the market, since the general lack of infrastructure for alternative vehicles does not allow, at the same time, to develop that market with the necessary strength to replace the drop in sales in thermal vehicles, “he says.
In the whole of Spain, registrations of new passenger cars and SUVs fell 7.8% in January compared to the same month last year, to 86,443, which broke with a run of four consecutive months upward, weighed down by the private channel crash of 14.2%.
In addition, the enrollment figure is the lowest for a month of January since 2017, according to data from the associations of manufacturers Anfac, dealersFaconautoand sellersGanvam, which reveal that sales to consumers have been falling since September 2018 (with the sole exception of September 2019) “without seeming to exist any reason to reverse this trend.” Through sales channels, that of individuals began the year with a decrease of 14.2%, to 40,551 units; and that of renters with a fall of 12.2%, up to 13,107 enrollments. In contrast, sales to passenger cars and SUV companies rose 4.5% (32,785).