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    Auto: European sales -2.4% in January

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    In January, 822,423 cars were registered in Western Europe (EU + EFTA + UK), with a 2.4% decline on the same month of 2021. the Aceathe association of European car manufacturers.

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    The Stellantis group registered 156,673 cars in Western Europe (EU, EFTA countries and the United Kingdom) in January, 12.4% less than in the same month of 2021. The market share fell from 21.2% to 19.1%.

    Registrations in Western Europe in January are down on January 2019 by 32.9%. The market in the area, which had not shown any signs of recovery in 2021 after the drastic fall of 2020, therefore opens 2022 still strongly in crisis. The Promotor Study Center. All 30 markets in the area – he explains – are in the red except Iceland (+ 4.4%) and Cyprus (+ 8.7%). The causes are attributable to the pandemic, but also to the difficulties in supplying microchips and now worries about the return of inflation have been added. The only positive sign is that in all countries, including Italy, interest in electricity is growing, which increases market shares. The worst result was scored by Spain, which on January 2019 suffered a drop of 54.7%, followed, in the ranking of the worst results, by Italy with -34.8%, against -33.6% of the France, -30.7% in Germany and -28.5% in the United Kingdom. Our country – explains the CSP – would have won the black jersey by blowing it to Spain, if incentives had not been introduced, both in 2020 and in 2021, to favor the transition to electricity and the purchase of traditional cars, but with emissions however contained. With regard to the measures being studied by the Italian government for the sector, Gian Primo Quagliano, president of the Centro Studi Promotor, observes that “words must be followed by deeds without further delay. The PNRR will be able to make an important contribution, but without the contribution of the auto sector, which with related industries is worth 12% of GDP, the goal of shortening the gap in terms of growth with our European partners would be even more difficult “.

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