Optimists will see cause for satisfaction in this: the fall in new car sales stabilized in June, registering a drop of 15.35% compared to the same month of 2021. In May, the twelve-month evolution was – 16.68%. Over the first six months of the year, the drop is 15.92% compared to the first half of 2021, according to the latest statistics from Febiac, the Belgian Automobile and Cycle Federation.
In absolute figures, this gives 34,814 registrations in June 2022, against 41,126 last year. Over the first six months of the year, there were 195,387 new vehicles, a drop of 37,004 compared to the first half of 2021. The culprit is not far to seek: “production delays due to shortages of semiconductors and other components”points the Febiac.
As far as brands are concerned, the Top 10 remains identical with a month difference with the exception of 10th place, which goes to Ford (11th in May) to the detriment of Volvo, which this time finds itself 13th for six registrations less than Opel.
Among the brands with only one vehicle registered in June, we find Bugatti, McLaren and Lotus (- 87.50% compared to June 2021).
Luxury and racing brands continue to do well in the first six months of 2022, with growth of 27% for Ferrari (90 cars), 95% for Alpine (82 cars), 60% for Bentley (77 vehicles), 19% for Lamborghini (37) and even 333% for Rolls-Royce, to 13 units in six months.
2,222 Tesla registered
In the top 5, German premium brands continue to trust places: BMW (1st), Mercedes (4th) and Audi (5th). One in four cars registered in 2022 bears the logo of one of these three brands. Porsche comes much further, in 22nd place, but with a 33% increase in sales over one year.
Good progress is rare in the rankings for generalist brands above the 1,000 registrations mark. The most notable is that of Toyota (7th) with an increase in sales of 32% again over six months, to 11,300 units. The Japanese manufacturer was still 10th for the whole of 2021. Tesla, for its part, is up 52% to 2,222 electric cars registered, including 490 in the month of June alone. DS (Stellantis group) can claim solid growth of 43.5% to 1,487 vehicles. The big losers are Jaguar (-61%), Fiat (-51%) and Skoda (-41%).