Economy

Delivered more cars in July for the first time since Corona

In July, 34,885 cars were registered, which is a plus of 4 percent. That is pleasing for the car industry, but over the year sales have plummeted by 25.6 percent to 192,868 cars. This is evident from figures from Bovag and RAI Association.

The crisis of the corona has deep holes. Both business customers (which account for the vast majority of the market) and private individuals bought fewer cars. In addition, Corona caused factories and suppliers to temporarily close their doors so that cars that had been ordered could not be delivered and thus registered.

Catch-up registrations

The July rise comes after major blows in the months before. In April, the number of registrations plummeted by 53 percent, in May by 59 percent and in June by 39 percent.

The extent to which this increase is due to the fact that the delivery of cars that had been bought before and could not be delivered is starting up again, according to spokesman Tom Huyskens of Bovag, cannot be said. This requires insight into the order books of car manufacturers, which Bovag does not have.

In January and February, the months when the coronavirus was barely visible in Europe, the number of registrations also fell, by more than 4 percent.

BMW

In July, growth at BMW stood out: a plus of 71 percent. Huyskens suspects that the German automaker still had a lot of orders outstanding, which could finally be delivered.

Fiat also booked a large doubling.

Striking was the huge drop in the number of registered Teslas by 94 percent in July and by 58 percent (up to 628) units in the year to date. Polestar, the electric car maker that is part of Volvo, sold 27 cars through July. Volvo is again owned by the Chinese Geely.

Volkswagen

Measured over the first seven months of the year, the number of registrations for nearly all brands declined. Only Kia, Porsche, Bentley, Morgan (from zero to one) and Polestar (from zero to 27) recorded an increase.

Of the major car brands in our country, Volkswagen (-25.2 percent) just stayed ahead of the decline in the market. Opel, usually in the top three car brands, fell by as much as 44 percent. As a result, Opel dropped to fifth place.

Kia the new number two

Due to the fact that Kia rose, the South Korean brand was the second best-selling car brand in the year so far, a good distance from market leader Volkswagen.

Peugeot (number three) sold 27 percent fewer cars, BMW (number 4) 16 percent, and Ford (now number 6) declined 29 percent

All through 2020

In 2019, 446,000 cars were sold. Bovag initially assumed that 425,000 cars would be sold in the Netherlands this year, but later that forecast was lowered to 350,000. To achieve this, nearly 32,000 cars would have to be registered every month for the remaining five months of the year.

This is slightly less than in July, but in July, as mentioned earlier, there was a catch-up effect from the previous months.

It will partly depend on whether there is a second wave of the coronavirus, says Huyskens.

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