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The Greek automotive market (January 2019)

Passenger cars

New: The new passenger car market rose by 3,7% in January compared to the same time period in 2018.

Ιn January 2019, 9.210 passenger cars were registered compared with 8.885 units in January 2018.

Passenger car market continues to suffer strong pressure mainly due to over-taxation of households and businesses and therefore is -68,9 % lower compared to period 2000-2009.

Petrol passenger cars surpassed once again diesel variants, as 6 out of 10 new passenger cars are petrol (61,5% petrol, 32,6% diesel).

Passenger car market in January 2019 posted 9.210 registrations compared to 8.885 the year before. Petrol passenger car registrations reached 5.668 units (61,5%), followed by 3.002 diesel passenger cars (32,6%), 411 hybrids (4,5%), 67 dual-fuel cars (0,7%), 23 CNG-powered cars (0,2%) and 17 electrical ones (0,2%). 53,6% of total passenger car registrations are cars with engine size up to 1.400 cc.


Light Commercial Vehicles (gross weight up to 3,5 tons)

New: The light commercial vehicle market was up by 3,5% in January compared to January 2018.

Vanettes represent the highest share in the light commercial vehicle market (42,8%) followed by Pick-ups with a market share of 33,1%. 

Light commercial vehicles market posted 643 registrations in January 2019 compared to 621 the year before (3,5%).


Commercial Vehicles (gross weight over 3,5 tons)

New: The commercial vehicle market was down by -35,3% compared to January 2018.

In January 2019, 33 trucks were sold in total, compared with 51 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.



New: The bus market increased in January by 400%, as compared to January 2018.

Regarding January 2019, 75 buses were registered compared to 15 buses in January 2018.


Motorcycles (over 50cc)

New: The motorcycle market is up 2,9% as compared to January 2018.

Motorcycle market in January 2019 posted 1.761 registrations compared to 1.711 in January 2018. 6 out of 10 new motorcycles which were registered in January are equipped with engines up to 250 cc (60,5%), while 87,7% of total registrations are motorcycles up to 400 cc.