New car registrations in the EU fell 23.1% in September, compared to the same period of 2020, reaching 718,598 units, the lowest level since 1995, due to the lack of chips. In Romania, the decline was 17.8% to 8.942 cars, according to data released by ACEA – Association of European Automobile Manufacturers.
All major markets contracted in September, with the largest declines in Italy (-32.7%), Germany (-25.7%), France (-20.5%) and Spain (- 15.7%).
In the first 9 months, new car registrations in the EU increased by 6.6% to reach 7.5 million units.
The strongest increases in the first 9 months were recorded in Italy (+ 20.6%), Spain (+ 8.8%) and France (+ 8%). In Germany, the market fell by 1.2%.
In Romania, new car registrations increased by 4.3% in the first 9 months to 88,262 units.
In Britain, new car registrations fell 34.4% in September, but rose 5.9% in the first 9 months.
Automotive groups recorded double-digit declines, the largest being 43% recorded by the Daimler group (45.5% in the case of Mercedes Benz).
The Volkswagen group recorded declines of 27.7%, Stellantis 29.9% and Renault 21.8%. BMW registrations fell 19.4%.
Dacia registered a 12% drop in registrations to 33,269 cars and the EU market share fell from 4% in September 2020 to 4.6%.
Dacia registrations in the EU increased by 4.2% in the first 9 months, to 281,577 cars, representing a market share of 3.7% compared to 3.8% in the same period of 2020.
In the EU + EFTA + UK area, Dacia registrations fell 13.6% in September, but after 9 months they increased by 2.8% to a total of 299,357 cars.