Cars, the 2022 year is black: registrations down almost 10%

Despite the strong recovery in December, one of the worst results of the last half century

Bad year, 2022, for cars. 1,316,702 were registered, compared to the 1,458,032 registrations registered in 2021, with a drop of 9.69%. Despite the recovery in December, with growth of 20.99%, and a trend reversal that has lasted since the summer, it is one of the worst results of the last half century. Data from the Ministry of Transport outline a scenario that is still difficult but with some glimmers of recovery.

Amphia. “In 2022 the context in which the automotive supply chain found itself operating, already marked by the crisis of semiconductors, raw materials and logistics, further deteriorated as a result of the repercussions of the conflict in Ukraine, which triggered a serious energy crisis and further bottlenecks in supply chains at European and global level”, says Paolo Scudieri, the president of Anfia. But it was also the year in which, finally, he notes, “we were able to count on a specific automotive Fund with multi-year planning, up to 2030, of the resources allocated, both for measures to support demand, for the dissemination of zero and very low emission technologies, and for the tools accompanying the production reconversion of the supply chain.In continuity with this programming, the 2023 incentives for the purchase of new zero and low emission cars are now available: an allocation of 575 million Euros divided into the incentive bands 0-20 g/km of CO2 (electric cars), 21-60 g/km of CO2 (plug-in hybrid cars) and 61-135 g/km of CO2 (traditional hybrid cars and internal combustion engines emissions, with the requirement of scrapping the old car), the first two also accessible to the car rental sector, and bookable from January 10. A measure that we hope will give a significant boost to the demand for low-emission cars een since the first months of the year”.

csp. “One of the worst years of the last half century closes in style for the automobile”, sums up the Centro Studi Promotor. “In December, there were 104,915 car registrations with a growth of 21% compared to December 2021, but with a drop of 25.3% compared to the same month in 2019, i.e. the year that preceded the pandemic and the entry in a very serious crisis in the car market.December’s is the fifth consecutive monthly growth after a sharp decline in the first part of 2022 and confirms the trend reversal that occurred in August, but does not change the assessment for the whole of 2022 which has recorded a catastrophic result”. The factor that determined the trend reversal “is the improvement in the supply of microchips and other essential components for the construction of automobiles, the shortage of which had generated a supply crisis due to the inability of the automobile industry to fully satisfy the And this despite a strongly depressed level of demand due to the effects generated by the pandemic and subsequently by the war in Ukraine, by the slowdown of the economy, by the reappearance of inflation and by the other elements which negatively affected the propensity to buy cars “. As regards the prospects, underlines the Csp, “it is reasonable to expect that the supply capacity of the automotive industry will continue to improve in 2023 with beneficial effects on sales, but the return of registrations to normal levels for a market such as the Italian one, i.e. exceeding 2,000,000 units per year, still appears to be a long way off due to the persistence of a substantial weakness in demand”.