Based on vehicle registration data provided by the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the UNRAE Research and Statistics Centre (the association for foreign car makers in Italy) confirms that the trend seen during the first half of the year has now clearly reversed with regard to heavy goods vehicles. Following the increases of July and August, September saw a 30.4% rise with respect to the same month in 2019 (with 1554 vehicles registered compared to 1192).
This result means that the first nine months of 2020 bring a consolidated loss of -19.5% compared to the same period of 2019 (14,350 vehicle registrations versus 17,827).
The segment for HGVs weighing 16 tons or more follows the same trend, registering a 30.8% rise in September 2020 compared to September 2019 (1252 units versus 957), which brings the result for the first nine months to -19.7% with respect to the same period in 2019 (11,505 registrations compared to 14,329).
Incentives introduced to support the sector, available as of the end of July, have therefore given the market something of a boost, also considering the pressing need to renew fleets.
The positive trend of summer months is also reflected in the figures for light commercial vehicles, a rebound effect following the toughest months of the health crisis.
Assessments issued by the UNRAE Research and Statistics Centre indicate 16,170 new registrations, for an 18.5% rise considering the 13,651 light commercial vehicles registered during the same period in 2019, one which nevertheless experienced growth in the double figures.
Yet after the first nine months the overall drop of 22% is still significant, for a loss of roughly 30,000 units, with 105,120 registrations compared to 134,795 between January and September of last year.
If the market has taken a positive turn, confirming the initial signs of summer (and thanks also to deliveries postponed during the lockdown period and the pressing need to update an obsolete vehicle pool, 47% of which is made up of pre-Euro 4 vehicles), then the coming months will be fundamental in order to consolidate this trend.
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