July ended with a poor number of car registrations and new SUVs in Spain. A total of 73,378 units were registered last month, down 12.5% from the same 31-day period in 2021, according to the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC) and independent sales employer GANVAM, Tania Puche , explains that “we have to go to 2012 to see a month of July with a lower registration volume, which brings us back to the numbers of the economic crisis at the time”.
For the full year, the numbers don’t look much better, down 11% from the first seven months of last year. Specifically, between January 1 and July 31, 481,135 copies were recorded.
For the year as a whole, sales add up to an 11% drop compared to the first seven months of 2021
This data includes operations conducted with individuals, businesses and landlords. If we analyze them separately, we can say that last month only sales to companies managed to achieve a positive result with a growth of 2.7% and 31,035 registered units. The single channel, for its part, suffered a 12.1% drop to 31,330 sales. As for the purchases made by tenants, they continue the annual trend of sharp decline and have accumulated 11,013 units, down 38.9% from the same month last year.
Undoubtedly, these are negative numbers that show how difficult it is for the industry to overcome the situation before the pandemic, when an average of 1.3 million new cars were sold annually in our market. The microchip crisis, inflation and fuel price increase are some of the causes slowing down the growth of the market.
In fact, according to sources from dealership association Faconauto, July has traditionally been one of the busiest months of the year for sales as families plan to buy their new car ahead of the holidays and Car Rentals They reinforced their fleets for the summer campaign.
According to Faconauto, the market remains depressed and is more than 30% below 2019 figures
None of that happened in 2022. Raúl Morales, Communications Director at Faconauto, assures that “the market is still depressed, more than 30% below 2019 figures”. He also explains that buyers are faced with an increase in vehicle costs – up an average of 6% so far this year – and now a rise in cash prices, which is increasingly putting the average Spanish family off the opportunity to purchase a new vehicle.
Their purchasing power is falling more and more, which in part forces them to resort to the second-hand market. Félix García, Director of Communications and Marketing at ANFAC, points out that so far this year almost the same number of passenger cars over 15 years old have been sold as new vehicles. And this trend is not good for road safety or the environment, because the older a car is, the less technical driving aids it has and the more emissions it emits through the tailpipe.
In terms of new cars, the Dacia Sandero was the most registered in July with 2,368 units, followed by the Opel Corsa (2,132) in second place and the Hyundai Tucson (2,079) in third place. This Asian SUV retains the sales lead so far this year. Specifically, 13,986 units were delivered between January 1 and July 31, 950 more than the Seat Arona (13,036) and 2,282 more than the Dacia Sandero (11,704). Next, we present the ranking of the most registered models in July and the first seven months of 2022.
Most registered models in July 2022
Dacia Sandero: 2,368 units
Opel Corsa: 2,132 units
Hyundai Tucson: 2,079 units
Peugeot 2008: 1,916 units
Ford Kuga: 1,762 units
Citroën C4: 1,657 units
Toyota Yaris: 1,624 units
Fiat 500: 1,603 units
Renault Capture: 1,553 units
Kia Stonic: 1,504 units
Most registered models January to July 2022
Hyundai Tucson: 13,986 units
Seat Arona: 13,036 units
Dacia Sandero: 11,704 units
Toyota Corolla: 11,577 units
Volkswagen T-ROC: 11,338 units
Toyota C-HR: 10,988 units
Peugeot 2008: 10,116 units
Peugeot 208: 9,589 units
Fiat 500: 9,217
Volkswagen T-Cross: 8,818 units