FAST FIVE: EU Auto Registrations Plunge In Dismal Pre-Coronavirus January Numbers

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EU Auto Registrations Plunge In Dismal Pre-Coronavirus January Numbers For months we have been commenting about how the global auto market is mired in recession.

Many of the new numbers out of China, including a dismal January sales number and expectations for an awful February, are being blamed on the coronavirus (despite the fact that January's number doesn't really even include the virus impact yet).  Now, the numbers out of Europe – where they can't just turn around and place the blame on the coronavirus, are looking equally as awful and are sounding a much bigger alarm about the global automotive industry.  New car registrations fell 7.5% on the year to 956,779 vehicles.

Names like Toyota and BMW were able to slightly buck the trend: VW Group sales drop 0.1% y/y; ytd down 0.1% PSA Group sales drop 14% y/y; ytd down 14% Renault Group sales drop 16.4% y/y; ytd down 16.4% Ford sales drop 18.6% y/y; ytd down 18.6% FCA Group sales drop 6.4% y/y; ytd down 6.4% BMW Group sales rise 3.8% y/y; ytd up 3.8% Daimler sales drop 10.1% y/y; ytd down 10.1% Hyundai Group sales drop 3.9% y/y; ytd down 3.9% Toyota Group sales rise 10.1% y/y; ytd up 10.1% Nissan sales drop 0.5% y/y; ytd down 0.5% The drop is sales is being attributed to tax changes in some member states that prompted consumers to make their purchases in December, instead of January, according to Marketwatch.

Perhaps their respective governments should take a look at whether their micromanagment of the market isn't contributing to the problem, instead of solving it.  The future doesn't look promising for the EU either: the ACEA forecast in January that the industry is likely to contract by 2% in 2020.  Sweden, France, Germany and Spain all posted the ugliest numbers, with Sweden plunging 18%, France falling 13.4%, Germany falling 7.3% and Spain falling 7.6%.  European car sales -7.4% – France: -13.4% – Germany: -7.3% – Spain: -7.6% #autos – Joumanna Bercetche (@CNBCJou) February 18, 2020 New numbers will be released on March 18, which will be the first full set of data since the coronavirus outbreak.

We will be keeping a close eye on those numbers to see if “taxation” winds up getting the blame for a beleaguered global economy yet again.  Tyler Durden Wed, 02/19/2020 – 04:15.

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