European Car Industry 2013: trends and perspectives.

In the 2012, the entire European (29 countries inside EU Community and EFTA area) car market dropped at 12.5 million cars (not including LCVs) down 7.7% from 2011 and 21.6% from the all-time record volume, posted in the 2007 at 15.961.000 units.

Focus2move analyzed the annual performance of each country, looking at the gap between 2012 and the all-time record.

Czech Republic, Denmark and Switzerland posted the new record driven by a robust economy and, in case of Denmark, the renewal of car park with greener products.

Norway failed the record by only 0.3% caused by an awful December (-19%). However the record was achieved last year as in case of Belgium and Austria. These two countries in the 2012 have lost respectively 14.7% and 5.9% remaining not far from their best.

Luxemburg, Slovakia and Sweden in the 2012 maintained their gap from the record below 10%.

The Netherlands record was posted in the 1999. However the market is quite stable and in 2012 was 17.5% far from the best.

France and Germany posted their record in the 2009, due to the really strong incentive support introduced by the governments to protect the sector in the middle of the financial crisis. In 2012, France was 17.5% far and Germany 19.0%.

The UK in 2012 was the best big European country. However, the gap from the 2005 record was 20.7%.

Italy posted the record in the 2007, at 2.5 million units and after five years of consecutive decline the market in 2012 was 44.0% lower.

Similar the Spanish trend, with record posted in the 2006 at 1.6 million, followed by 6 years of consecutive decline and a 2012 level of 0.7 million, down 57.2% from the record.

However, 9 countries performed worse than Spain with really huge lost in Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Hungary.

In the table below, the 28 EU countries, ordered by the 2012 gap from the record year:

 

Record Year

Record Volume

2012 Volume

2012 Gap from record

Czech Rep.

2012

174.009

174.009

0,0%

Denmark

2012

165.845

165.845

0,0%

Switzerland

2012

328.129

328.129

0,0%

Norway

2011

138.345

137.967

-0,3%

Luxembourg

2008

52.359

50.399

-3,7%

Austria

2011

356.145

336.010

-5,7%

Slovakia

2009

74.717

69.267

-7,3%

Sweden

2007

306.799

279.899

-8,8%

Belgium

2011

572.211

486.737

-14,9%

The Netherlands

1999

611.487

504.543

-17,5%

France

2009

2.302.398

1.898.883

-17,5%

Poland

2010

333.492

273.554

-18,0%

Germany

2009

3.807.175

3.082.504

-19,0%

United Kingdom

2003

2.579.050

2.044.609

-20,7%

Finland

2005

147.949

111.159

-24,9%

Slovenia

2008

71.575

48.648

-32,0%

Italy

2007

2.493.106

1.396.248

-44,0%

Iceland

2005

18.060

7.930

-56,1%

Spain

2006

1.634.608

699.583

-57,2%

Ireland

2000

230.795

79.632

-65,5%

Portugal

1992

276.972

95.289

-65,6%

Latvia

2007

32.771

10.665

-67,5%

Hungary

2006

187.676

53.059

-71,7%

Romania

2007

315.621

66.436

-79,0%

Greece

2000

290.222

58.479

-79,9%

Bulgaria

2003

152.981

19.825

-87,0%

Estonia

2003

208.426

17.265

-91,7%

Lithuania

2003

358.432

12.170

-96,6%

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