Unprecedented collapse for the European car market in April

In April 2020, registrations of new passenger cars in the European Union posted a year-on-year decline of 76.3%, latest ACEA (The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) data show.

The first full month with COVID-19 restrictions in place resulted in the strongest monthly drop in car demand since records began.

With most showrooms across the EU closed for the entire month, the number of new cars sold fell from 1.143.046 units in April 2019 to 270.682 units last month.

Biggest losses in Italy and Spain

Each of the 27 EU markets recorded double-digit declines in April, but Italy and Spain endured the biggest losses, with car registrations falling by 97.6% and 96.5% respectively.

Demand dropped by 61.1% in Germany, while France saw an 88.8% contraction in April.

From January to April 2020, EU demand for new passenger cars contracted by 38.5%, owing to the negative impact of the coronavirus on March and April results.

So far this year, registrations fell by half in three of the four key EU markets: Italy -50.7%, Spain -48.9% and France -48.0%. In Germany, demand contracted by 31.0% over the first four months of 2020.

EU production losses: 2.424.955 motor vehicles

EU-wide production losses due to factory shutdowns amount to at least 2.424.955 motor vehicles so far. This figure includes passenger cars, trucks, vans, buses and coaches.

The average factories shutdown duration is 30 working days at the moment.

CountryProduction lostDowntime (working days)
Austria26,48034
Belgium33,36025
Croatia29
Czech Republic155,06029
Finland11,60425
France278,42534
Germany605,72229
Hungary51,55222
Italy159,33641
Netherlands30,81925
Poland101,95736
Portugal41,52535
Romania68,67331
Slovakia114,63224
Slovenia19,39927
Spain452,15534
Sweden23,46415
United Kingdom250,79240
TOTAL (EU + UK)2,424,95530
Production lost in motor vehicles factories | Source: ACEA
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