It’s a black July that of the Italian car market. The data officially released by Unrae speak for themselves: with 110,282 registrations, the lowest level of the year was recorded, down for the first time not only in the same month of 2019 but also in July 2020, the year in which there pandemic made it as mistress. The decrease compared to 136,768 registrations in July last year was 19.4%, a real drop considering that in July 2020 the incentives of the Relaunch Law had not yet entered into force.
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As for the different power supplies, there were strong decreases affecting petrol, diesel and methane, which in the month reached 27.4% of share, 22.7% thanks also to rental, and 2% respectively. LPG rises to 8.4% of representativeness, while electrified cars are confirmed in rapid and progressive rise: hybrids rise to 29.4% of share, plug-in hybrids reach 5.6% thanks also to support of the rental, and electric power reaches 4.6%. Coming to the different segments, on the other hand, the decline in registrations concerned all types of bodywork without exception: the only two happy notes concern the slight recovery of share for small cars and growth for that of the C segment. Slight growth also for SUVs and off-road vehicles, which in July 2021 represent 51% of the market. As for the cumulative in the first seven months of the year, the loss compared to 2019 rises to about 250,000 units, corresponding to -19.5%, leading to the forecast of an end of the whole year with over 300,000 cars lost, which are added to the 500,000 fewer cars registered in 2020 and bring the overall loss compared to the pre-Covid period to a chasm of over 800,000 units.
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“The renewal of incentives it was an expected measure, but the amount of resources is clearly inadequate to support, at least until the end of the year, the replacement of as many polluting cars as possible with Euro 6 cars – said the President of Unraem Michele Crisci – This is what we have repeatedly asked as Unrae and which has been received by many parliamentarians from all sides. The approved provision, as formulated, instead provides for a rapid depletion of funds and, therefore, the real risk that already in September there will be a new stop of the market ”.