In the first semester, car registrations in Romania had

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Car registrations in Europe decreased by almost 14% in the first half, but the Romanian market evolved in the opposite direction and recorded the strongest increase in registrations compared to the first six months of last year, according to data published on Friday by the Association European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA).

According to the quoted source, 5.597 million cars were registered in January-June 2022 in the European Union, the United Kingdom and the EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), down 13.7% compared to 6.485 million units in the first 2021. This is in the conditions in which all major car markets in the EU (Germany, France, Spain and Italy) recorded double-digit declines, ranging from a decline of 22.7% in Italy to one of 10.7 % In Spain.

On the other hand, in Romania, car registrations increased by 23.1% year-on-year in the first half, to 58,712 units, which is the highest percentage increase recorded in Europe.

June 2022 was also the 11th consecutive month of declining car registrations in the European Union, with a decline of 15.4% to 886,510 units, given that problems along supply chains they continued to limit vehicle production. ACEA points out that the 886,510 cars registered in the EU in June represent the lowest figure for this month since the publication of statistics in 1996.

All four major car markets in the EU (Germany, France, Spain and Italy) recorded double-digit declines in June, the most important being the 18% decrease in Germany and the smallest being 7.8%. registered in Spain.

In the case of Romania, car registrations registered a decrease of only 6.6% in June, one of the most modest in the EU, with 11,067 cars registered on the local market.

Among the major general manufacturers, sales of the European leader Volkswagen fell by 18.5% in the first half of this year, due to sharp declines in the case of the Skoda and Audi brands. For the Stellantis group, sales fell by 22.5% in the first half, with a significant decline especially for the Peugeot, Fiat and Citroen brands.

Renault group sales fell by only 8.1% in the first half, thanks to the 16% advance in sales of Dacia cars, with 210,526 units registered in Europe in the first six months of the year, which offset by the decrease of 20.8 % of Renault car sales.

Instead, the South Korean group Hyundai-Kia continued to grow in the European market, with a 9.9% advance in registrations in the first half, so that now Hyundai-Kia is behind the Renault group when it comes to share market in Europe.

Starting in the spring of 2021, the car market in Europe and America is hampered by a number of logistical problems, such as the shortage of semiconductors. Electronic chips, made mainly in Asia, are indispensable for the production of phones and laptops, but also for cars that include more and more technology. With a stabilization of the semiconductor supply, ACEA forecast a return to car sales in the second half of 2022, but the war in Ukraine has limited this optimism.