Automotive industry in crisis: now is urgently needed

COLLAPSE – In a joint document, the most important associations of the automotive sector the Italian ANFIA, unrae managing and Federauto) express great concern for the choices made by the Government, in the recent Decree on re-launch. The choices are limited to the refinancing of the fund for the purchase of cars with low emissions. According to these associations, it is an intervention that does not allow aneffective resumption of the sector in Italy. Because, in spite of the great efforts made towards forms of mobility increasingly clean, the conditions are profoundly changed. And the numbers tell us that the impact of the pandemic of coronavirus was terrifying: the production levels have plummeted 21.6% in the first quarter of the year, a period in which the cars built are down 24% compared to January-march 2019.

HEAVY CONSEQUENCES – The lockdown has caused in practice a zero sales (-85,4% in march and -97,5% to April): approximately 361.000 registrations are lost compared to a year ago. And the “simple” re-opening of the dealers, they say, is not enough to restart the market, in view of the situation of great uncertainty facing the Country. So, in the absence of targeted interventions, the forecasts indicate that in 2020 it will close with around 5-600.000 units less than the 2019 resulting in, among other things, a failure of the sales tax revenue of about 2.5 billion euros. And among the many difficulties the associations report difficulties in the disposal of vehicles in stock at the automakers and dealers: a mole of cars unsold which will result in heavy damage to everyone, starting by the dealers already worn out from two months of zero sales.

WHY ARE WE NOT DOING ANYTHING? – For ANFIA, unrae managing and Federauto is incomprehensible that in Italy you don’t do anything to protect the car industry , and reaffirm that there is no more time: you need a major campaign of incentives for the scrapping of car and commercial old and the purchase of vehicles of the latest generation. Incentives that must necessarily expand the number of beneficiaries, always in full respect of the environmental sustainability goals.