If 2021 had to be a positive year in the automotive sector compared to 2020 hit, the figures conclude that this recovery will have to wait. At the end of the fiscal year last year, the automobile market closed with a meager 1% growth compared to 2020, which does not serve to make up the decrease in sales, since comparing with 2019 (the last reliably paced year before the pandemic) lThe drop in registrations stands at -32%.
In December the car market fell once again -18,7%, confirming the collapse caused by the microchip supply crisis which consolidated since June with decreases of -17.1% (June), -28.9% (July), -28.8% (August), -15.7% (September), -20.5% ( October) and -12.3% (November).
The vehicle supply shortage it continued to be noticed in December in all sales channels. The one of renters recorded the worst drop with a decrease in deliveries in the month of -45% up to 4,063 units. At set of the yearHowever, this channel increased their purchases by 58.5% compared to 2020, up to 152,326 units. With this he was able to make up the unstable moment of the market in general. If we take the pulse of the private customer we will see that a fall in December of -19.4%, up to 41,814 units while in the set of the year, your purchases fell by -12.8%, up to 372,637 units.
The consolation of the average emission reduction of CO2 that was placed in 101.4 grams (-2.5% compared to 2020), a commendable figure but still low, helped by the increase in hybrid, plug-in and electric engines, which grew by 42%. Between the last two, the increase was 62.7% in total alternative fuel registrations (34.9% of the total market). Diesel represented 19.9% of sales in 2021 and gasoline 45.1%.
The ‘king’ Seat Arona
By models, the Seat Arona has been crowned as the market best seller with 21,946 units, followed by the Hyundai Tucson a scarce 688 units (although it was the best-selling car in December with 2,423 models marketed). The third place year-on-year went to the Dacia Sandero (the best-seller in 2020) that placed 20,419 cars on the market. Peugeot 2008 (19,426) and Toyota Corolla (16,983) complete the top 5 of the Spanish market.
By brands Seat has returned to be the most sold in the Spanish market, with 70,523 units sold, followed by Peugeot with 67,266 and Toyota with 62,329. Of all the brands on the market, the one that has grown the most has been Cupra. The Seat SA Cupra brand has broken its sales record in Spain in 2021 and it has reached a total number of 11,090 registered vehicles, which means multiplying by four the sales obtained compared to 2020. The model Formentor it has been the one that has cemented that growth.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.