TurkeyTurkey overtakes Europe in Automotive

2021-02-01 10:02

The Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on many industries, especially in the first period.

Automotive was among the one of the most affected sectors. The strong measures it placed and particular reasons such as delayed demand due to increased buying appetite, has enabled Turkey to remain strong in automotive sales comparing to Europe.

According to the data obtained from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), in the total market including the European Union (EU-26) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and the United Kingdom, the automotive market (passenger, heavy and light commercial) decreased by 23.6 percent to 14.086.918. In 2019, 18.443.305 units were sold. In 2020, the automobile market decreased by 24.3 percent to 11.961.182 compared to the previous year and the commercial vehicle market decreased by 18 percent to 1.793.353 units.

No European country has been able to increase its sales

When the European automotive market is analysed by countries; No European country was able to increase its sales last year, the EU, UK and EFTA countries combined. The highest decrease compared to the previous year was in Croatia with 40.6 percent, Bulgaria with 34 percent and Portugal with 33.9 percent.

Sales in Germany, one of the important countries of Europe, fell 18.7 percent in this period, 23.8 percent in France, 28.3 percent in England, 26.6 percent in Italy and 31.3 percent in Spain.

Turkey was the only country that increases its sales

EU, EFTA countries and the United Kingdom, covering the total market, was announced as the only country in Turkey increase their sales.

Turkey ranked as the 6th country in the European automotive sales with an increase of 6.8%, 6th in the European automobile sales ranking with an increase of 57.5% and 4th in the European commercial vehicle sales with an increase of 77.2% compared to 2019.

German automotive giants are in trouble

Car manufacturers, who were in a very difficult situation due to the pandemic, had to stop production by closing their factories. This situation seriously affected German automakers.

The automobile summit was held via video conference with the participation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, state prime ministers, automotive companies and labor representatives. At the summit, it was emphasized once again that the German automobile industry is facing major economic and structural challenges.

On the other hand, in the statement made by the German Automobile Association (VDA), it was emphasized that the situation of sales number in the automotive industry was “serious” in the coronavirus crisis and that consumers were still hesitant to buy cars.

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