Market Europe: in December the triple jump, + 21%

The increase in robust, double-digit, for the european market of the car: in December you register, in fact, an impressive +21% compared to the same month in 2018, which, however, had registered a fall of 9% compared to December 2017.

The result, moreover, also appears to have inflated by a massive use of new registrations in “tactics” on the part of the Houses, and distribution networks, also in view of the introduction in 2020 of a new and much more restrictive targets on emissions of CO2.

In any case, thanks to a sprint to the end of the year, goes into the positive territory on the annual performance.

Data released by the Acea, the Association of European car Manufacturers, indicate that in December, new car registrations in the eu-28+EFTA have been 1.261.742, equal to +21.4% over the 1.039.272 of the same month in 2018; in this way, the 2019 closes slightly higher (+1.2%), and on the 2018, with 15.805.752 cars compared to 15.624.948 a year ago.

From the analysis of the results of the month for the country, it produces a generalized growth of sales, with almost all markets in the double digits and the only Norway (analysis-9.7%) in contrast.

The focus on the 5 Major Market highlights the role of the locomotive of Germany (+19,5%, driven by the company and rental) and the modest, recovery in the United Kingdom (+3,4%, driven by rental); growing at double-digit France (+27,7%, driven by auto-enrolment) and Italy (+12,5%, thanks to strong increases in long-term rental and car-registrations) as it expands 6.6% in Spain (supported by the company and rental).

Thanks to the data of December, Germany in 2019 touch the sales records of the last ten years (+5%, while with a private demand still weak) and bring in positive territory France (+1,9%) and Italy (+0,3%), while reducing the passive part of the United Kingdom (2.4%) and Spain (-4,8%).

The Italian brands recorded in Europe, 69.431 registrations in December (+13,8%), with a market share of 5.5%; growth in the month, the Fiat brand (+25,4%) and Alfa Romeo (+1%).

In 2019, the registrations of the brands touch the 946.571 unit, (to 7.3%) with a share of 6%; and the outstanding positive result of brand Lancia/Chrysler (+20,6%).

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The 2019 closes with 3.607.200 registrations of new cars, the best result of the last ten years, and a growth of 5%, with about 172,000 units of the 3.435.778, 2018; in December were recorded 283.380 cars, about 20% more compared to December of 2018.

In 2019, individuals slow down to 0.4%, amounting to 34.5% of the share, while the legal persons leap, with a more 8,1% corresponding to 2.361.992 cars, 65.5% of the share.

Petrol cars registered in the year are 2.136.891, approximately 59,2% share, a slight decrease compared to 62.4% in 2018, while the diesel with 1.152.733 registrations stores a 32% share, stable compared to the 2018.

The voltages close in 2019, giving positive signals: hybrid vehicles (+83,7%), with 239.250 unit, and up to 6.6% of share, the electric (+75,5%), with 63.281 cars, touch a 1.8% share.

In the year, are down 29% sales of passenger cars to cng, to 7.623 unit, while LPG grew by 56%, for a total of 7.256 unit.

Great Britain

The demand for new cars in the Uk in 2019 , with a fall of 2.4% compared to the year 2018, with 2.311.140 sales against 2.367.147, leading to the third consecutive year of decline, although the uk market remains the second-largest of the European Union.

In 2019 record losses, both private (-3,2%, to 1.018.258 unit) that the company (-34,4% to 60.435 recordings) and rental (+0,8%) proceeds, in contrast with 1.232.447 vehicles, climbing up to the altitude of 53,3% (+1,6% on the year 2018).

On the front of the power supplies, in 2019, the diesel record -21,8% on 2018 to 583.488 vehicles, with share down to 25.2% from 31.5% in 2018; the growth of the gasoline car is modest (+2,2%), brushing of 1,500,000 cars in 2019, with a share of 65%. In contrast to vehicles with alternative power supply, which in the 2019 touch the record portion of 7.4%; the electric car, with a 37.850 registrations, mark a +144% on 2018, and are now at 1.6% share, surpassing for the first time the plug-in hybrid, that drops to 18%. The market of the car full-hybrid grows by 17%, while there is a boom of sales for the mild-hybrid diesel (+740%) and mild-hybrid gasoline (+172%); the cars rechargeable conquer the 3.1% of the market, while the hybrid traditional 6.7%.


In 2019 in France were registered 2.214.279 new cars, equal to +1.9% compared to the 2.173.481, 2018; December, you are recorded 211.194 registrations, +27,7% compared to the 165.390 2018.

Between feedings, continues the negative trend of the diesel, which in 2019 will lose 5% on 2018, amounting to 34% of the fee (in 2014 it was 64% of the market). Grow gasoline (57,9% share and 1.281.802 cars), hybrid (up to 5.7% share) and electric (1.9% for representativeness, with approximately 42.800 vehicles).

On the front of the bodywork, 2019, crossover and SUVS constitute 38% of the market, the 2% in 2018, while the sedans recorded a slight decline, from 50% of the share in 2018 to 49% in 2019.


Registrations of new cars in 2019 were 1.258.260, equal to 4.8% 2018, when immatricolarono 1.321.437; the last month of the year has registered an increase of 6.6% with 105.853 sales against the 99.290 of the same month in 2018.

For the full year, the channel of the private sector has seen a fall of 12% (586.317 cars), while both in December and in the year the company and rental have supported the market, with increases in the month of 14.3% (39.423) and 48.7% (16.293 unit), and 3% (433.657 unit) and the +0.2% in 238.286 unit) in the aggregate per annum.

According to power, sales of diesel vehicles in the month fell 4% to December 2018, with a share of 29%, and in 2019 they lose 26%, amounting to 28% of the quota).

The petrol-powered cars rose in the month of 7%, with a share of 58%, and during the year increased by 2%; and finally, the cars with supplies alternatives are worth 13% of the market in the month (+39%) and 12% in the year (+40%); growth, in 2019, electric (+64% and 0.8% share), plug-in hybrid (+31% and 0,6% share), cars with gas (+21% and 2% of the share) and hybrid non-rechargeable batteries (+43%, and 8.6% of share).

The comments of the Associations

“The December figures confirm the fundamental weakness of the market European car – says Andrea Cardinal, Director General of unrae managing – that would have ended the year in decline in the absence of substantial recourse to sales unprofitable for the sector automotive sector, already burdened by the huge investments required by the pressing technological challenges. The loss of 50,000 jobs in 2019 in the German automotive industry and the recent study of the National Platform on Mobility for the Future was established by the German government, which fears the loss of more the 400,000 jobs in the next decade because of the rapid transition to low-emission engines, confirm the urgency of a european industrial policy to support the automotive industry continental, which occupies nearly 14 million people. In this context, unrae managing to be hoped that the ambitious Plan to invest 1,000 billion euros for the “Green Deal” announced by the new European Commission, it can act as a catalyst for integrated policies to support the industry European car, both on the side of the demand and the supply, from charging infrastructure and connectivity, are necessary for the achievement of the challenging targets for reduction of emissions”.

“For the european market – it detects Paolo Scudieri, President of Anfia – 2019 is the sixth consecutive year of growth, a result obtained thanks to the recovery of sales in the 4th quarter of the year and despite a weak start, due to the prolonged effects of the introduction of the test WLTP, a slowdown of the european economy and of the factors of uncertainty in the international context, from trade tensions with the USA, to the braking of the chinese economy, to the Brexit and the european elections, up to the evolutions of the european legislation on the reduction of CO2 emissions of new cars. 2019 will be remembered as the year in which the sustainable development has entered in a predominant way in the agenda of international and national institutions. The european Union has taken a net position on the environmental issue, with the aim of becoming the first continent to climate impact zero: a very ambitious challenge, which will only be addressed with a system approach, involving all stakeholders, but also one of the greatest of our time”.