less than a million units registered and more uncertainty

“The automotive market last year has been a want and I can’t.” This is how Anfac summarizes the year 2021, a year that was supposed to be that of recovery (how could it be worse than 2020), but it has been the year of the microchip crisis, the lack of stock and bottlenecks.

In this stage has closed 2021 with 859,477 units sold; 1% more than in 2020 but 32% less than in the same period of 2019.

We continue at 2014 levels


The lack of microchips has caused the market to close almost in line with the previous year, when due to the pandemic, registrations fell back to 2014 levels.

Specifically, passenger car registrations fell by 18.7% in the last month of the year, to 86,081 units, compared to December 2020.

Total, the private channel has suffered a drop of 12.8%, up to 372,637 units. However, there is good news for the rental channel, which increased its purchases by 58.5% compared to 2020, to 152,326 units.

The sector handles two scenarios: an optimistic one, in which around 970,000 units would be registered, which would mean a 13% growth in registrations, and a pessimistic one in which just over 900,000 units would be registered.

“We understand that the cyclical situation of microchips will improve throughout 2022, which will release part of the dammed demand that exists now and that European funds will allow progress in the recovery, which will result in an increase in registrations”, said the Director of Communication of ANFAC, Noemi Navas.

Nevertheless the employer does not see signs of recovery until 2023.

What about the entry into force of the updated registration tax?


Another factor that could affect registrations in 2022 is the entry into force -after more than two years of moratorium- of the ‘new’ registration tax.

It is tax is calculated based on homologated CO₂ emissions of the car and should have entered into force on January 1, 2021: it does not actually go up, nor does it have new tax brackets, it has only been adapted to the WLTP cycle, which offers more realistic emissions.

In other words, the more polluting a car is, the higher the registration tax will be. According to data collected by Europa Press, in 2020, new vehicles had an average price, including registration tax, of 19,341 euros, which represents an increase of 7%.

Until November 2021, that figure stood at 20.380 euros, 6.36% more than until the same month of 2020.

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