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Italian sales fell 25% in November as lack of chips squeezes vehicle supply

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Among major players, Hyundai and Kia saw significant sales increases.

Hyundai sales were up 44 percent and Kia grew by 38 percent. Their combined group share was 7.4 percent, putting the Korean group in fourth place after Stellantis, Volkswagen and Renault.

Dacia increased sales by 2.4 percent. The Duster compact SUV and Sandero small hatchback were third and fourth among the most popular models in November.

According to Dataforce, the two Dacia models leveraged the market demand for low-cost cars and the relatively low microchip content, which allowed shorter delivery times.

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The debuting Chinese brand Lynk & CO saw its 01 compact SUV take first place among the most popular models for short-term rentals, with 221 sales, Dataforce said.

Stellantis, the group formed this year after the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, saw sales of the Fiat brand drop 29 percent; Alfa Romeo was down 52 percent and Lancia suffered a 24 percent decline. Peugeot registrations fell 41 percent and Citroen was down 36 percent. Opel declined 30 percent and Jeep fell by 41 percent.

Among Volkswagen Group brands, VW brand sales dropped 27 percent, Audi registrations declined by 39 percent; Seat saw sales decline 31 percent and Skoda dropped by 41 percent. Porsche registrations rose by 34 percent.

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Renault brand sales were down 37 percent. Ford registrations dropped 42 percent.

Among Japanese brands, Toyota fell 17 percent and Nissan sales were down 21 percent.

BMW brand sales dropped 28 percent and Mercedes-Benz sales declined by 24 percent.

The new Toyota Yaris Cross crossover was the 7th most popular in November with 2,657 units sold; its sibling Yaris hatchback dropped out of the top 50 with 482 units sold, although it is still the fifth most popular model through November with over 31,000 sales.

Hybrids top the charts

Registrations of plug-in hybrid and full-electric vehicles grew 28 percent in November to 12,518. Their combined market share for the month was 11.7 percent, up from 7 percent in November 2020 but down from 11.9 percent in October, importer association UNRAE said.

Sales of plug-in hybrids increased 12 percent to 5,560, while registrations of full-electric vehicles increased 44 percent to 6,958.

The Fiat New 500 was the most popular full-electric vehicle, with 946 units sold, topping the 656 units of the Renault Twingo; the Fiat New 500 BEV sales accounted for one third of the overall 2,918 units of Fiat 500 sold in November.

The Jeep Compass compact SUV was again the most popular plug-in hybrid choice with 748 units sold, ahead of the Volvo XC40 compact SUV and the Peugeot 3008 compact crossover.

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Full-hybrid and mild-hybrid sales were up 3.5 percent for a 31.4 percent market share, higher than both gasoline and diesel car sales.

Diesel sales declined 50 percent for a 19 percent share, 10 percentage points lower than in November 2020 but one percentage points higher than in October. Gasoline powertrain sales were down 34 percent in November, with a market share of 26.9 percent, 4.2 percentage points down from November 2020.

Sales of cars powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were 12 percent lower, with a 9.2 percent market share, 1.2 percentage points higher than the previous year.

Demand for vehicles driven by compressed natural gas (CNG) dropped 31 percent, giving the powertrain a market share of 1.8 percent, down from 2 percent in November 2020.

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