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The Greek automotive market (April 2019)

 

Passenger cars

New: The new passenger car market was up by 17,2% in April compared with the same period the year before.

In the first four months of 2019, 38.592 new passenger cars have been registered compared to 37.274 the year before (+3,5%).

Passenger car market continues to suffer strong pressure mainly due to over-taxation of households and businesses and therefore is -61,3% lower compared to period 2000-2009.

Passenger car market in April 2019 posted 12.303 registrations compared to 10.498 the year before. Petrol passenger car registrations reached 8.799 units (71,5%), followed by 2.742 diesel passenger cars (22,3%), 594 hybrids (4,8%), 49 CNG-powered cars (0,4%), 25 dual-fuel cars (0,2%) and 17 electrical ones (0,1%) .

 

Light Commercial Vehicles (gross weight up to 3.5 tons)

New: Light commercial vehicle market was up by 13,4% compared to April 2018 by posting 610 registrations compared to 538 registrations the year before.

Since January 2019, 2.507 light trucks have been registered compared with 2.342 the same period in 2018 (+7,0%). Vanettes represents the highest share in the market (43,1%) followed by Pick-ups with a market share of 35,3%.

Concerning April 2019, Vanettes represent the highest share in the light commercial vehicle market (42,6%) followed by Pick-up cars with a market share of 34,1%.

 

Commercial Vehicles (gross weight over 3.5 tons)

New: The commercial vehicle market continued its positive course in April and is up 62,5% compared to the corresponding month in 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, 178 units were registered as compared to 148 the year before, suggesting an increase of 20,3%.

In April 2019, 52 trucks were sold in total, compared with 32 the year before.

Moreover, imported used Commercial Vehicles still cover the greatest share of the specific market segment. New CVs represent only a small percentage, pushing the average age of Commercial Vehicles in Greece to high levels. This, expectedly, generates environmental and road safety issues.

 

Buses

New: The bus market in April was up by +185,7% compared to April 2018.

During the first four months of the year, 154 buses were registered compared with 89 the year before (73,0%).

Regarding April 2019, 40 buses were sold in total as opposed to 14 buses in April 2018.

 

Motorcycles (over 50cc)

New: The motorcycle market continued its positive course and is up by 23,1% in April 2019 compared to the year before.

Since January, 9.138 motorcycles were registered compared with 8.140 the year before (+12,3%).

Motorcycle market in April 2019 posted 3.336 registrations compared to 2.709 in April 2018. 6 out of 10 new motorcycles which were registered in April are equipped with engines up to 250 cc (58,8%), while 84,2% of total registrations are motorcycles up to 400 cc.