In the period from January to September 2020, 127,168 new vehicles were put into circulation, representing a year-on-year decrease of 38.4 percent, according to data obtained by ACAP – Associação Automóvel de Portugal.
ACAP recalls that, in the past month of August, the car market in Portugal had the second biggest percentage decrease of the 27 countries of the European Union. The ACEA (European Association of Automobile Manufacturers), forecasts a drop in the market, at European level, between 20 and 25%, so the decline in the Portuguese car market remains much higher than the European average.
In September 2020, 16,404 motor vehicles were registered by the legal representatives of the brand operating in Portugal, that is, 9 percent less than in the same month of the previous year.
By categories and types of vehicles, 13,186 new passenger cars were registered in Portugal in the ninth month of 2020, that is, 9.4 percent less than in the same month of the previous year. In the nine months of the year, passenger car registrations totaled 105,660 units, which translated into a negative variation of 39.3 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
The light goods market registered an unfavorable evolution in September 2020, having decreased by 7.2 percent compared to the same month of the previous year, to stand at 2,516 registered units. In cumulative terms, in the period from January to September 2020, the market reached 18,627 units, which represented a drop of 33.8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
With regard to the heavy vehicle market, which includes types of passengers and goods, in September 2020 there was a fall of 8.6 percent in relation to the same month of the previous year, having sold 702 vehicles of this type. category. From January to September 2020 enrollments totaled 2,881 units, which also represented a market drop of 34.1 percent compared to the same period in 2019.