The pandemic has literally brought the Italian car market to its knees. In 2020 the sales of new cars in our country are literally collapse: more than 535,000 registrations that were lost in Italy last year, for a drop of almost 28%. A very special year, which Unrae, the National Union of Foreign Motor Vehicle Representatives, describes as the blackest year for the car of the last 16, and the third of the last 42, after the negative record of 1.3 million in 2013 followed by 1.36 in 2014.
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One of the issues raised by the trade association is a music that has already been heard by most of the insiders, and it is relative to obsolescenceof the circulating fleet in Italy: to date, approximately 28% of the 38,620,000 cars on the road are included in the Euro 0-3 emission classes. On the other hand, the growth of low-emission engines, in particular hybrids, to 0.3% ten years ago and which in 2020 doubled registrations compared to 2019, passing from a market share of 5, should not be underestimated. 7% to a 16.1%. From this point of view, things seem to be going even better in this 2021, as evidenced by the data of last February which found the overtaking the hybrid on the diesel, behind now only gasoline. Diesel which therefore confirms itself in free fall: in the last decade its share of the Italian market has dropped by 22%.
In June, the Italian car market continued to decline
As for the different bodies, it was the sedans that dominated the scene also in 2020, representing over 46% of all registrations. The SUV segment is growing and approaching in the ranking, reaching 36%. “The ‘black swan’ of the pandemic has hit the automotive industry with a collapse in registrations – explains Unrae – But thanks to the incentives, hybrid cars and on tap rose from 0.9% in 2019 to 4.3%. This contributed to the reduction of the average CO2 emissions of new sales, down from 119.1 g / km in 2019 to 108.3 g / km of CO2 ″.