In the European Union, new car registrations decreased by 2.4% in 2021, the share of diesel car sales decreased to less than 20% and the sales of electric cars continued to increase rapidly.
According to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), car sales continued to decline in the EU in 2021. After a significant drop of 23.7% in 2020 compared to 2019, new car registrations increased again in the second half the first of 2021, but a sharp decrease in the second half, mainly due to problems with the delivery of microchips (semiconductors).
With a decrease of 12.3%, the negative trend continued in the EU in the first quarter of 2022, not least because automakers are still facing supply disruptions. Among the major economies of the European Union, Italy recorded the largest drop of -24.4%, followed by France -17.3%, Spain -11.6% and Italy. Germany -4.6%.
Diesel resists, but falls undefeated
The share of diesel vehicles in new registrations was only 19.6% in 2021, in 2020 it was 27.9%, a decrease of 30% compared to 2020. In Italy, the share of diesel in new registrations in 2021 was only 20%, in 2018 the share was still 52%. In the UK, which is no longer a member of the European Union, diesel passenger cars accounted for only 8 percent of new registrations in 2021.
At the beginning of the year, before the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) made a good forecast for the EU car market in 2022. Considering the very high prices of gasoline and diesel and because of the situation. grant (buy bonus), Electric vehicles will continue to be in high demand in 2022 and are likely to see growth in many EU countries this year as well.