Belgium 2020. Volkswagen & Ford up in double-digits in a stable market (-1.8%)

Belgium Auto Sales

Belgium Auto Sales in June 2020 managed to stabilise, as business activities throughout the country were almost back to normality. Indeed, in June the market lost just 1.8% with 49.140 units sold, leading Year to Date figures to 216.593 (-26.4%). Renault and Opel dropped by over 25%, while Volkswagen and Ford impressed.

Belgium Auto Market in May

Belgium is still the World’s worst affected country in terms of number of deaths per head of population. However, the Coronavirus pandemic seems now under control, with business restarting and vehicles market stabilising.

Indeed, in June the market lost just 1.8% with 49.140 units sold, leading Year to Date figures to 216.593 (-26.4%). 

In the competitive landscape, Volkswagen and Ford grew in double-digits in June, while Renault and Opel dropped by over 25%. 

Post Covid19 Market Trend

Apparently the Covid19 diffusion in the country started later compared with South Europe and the Government has not taken any concrete action to avoid the diffusion until mid-March. Then, following the decision taken by all the rest of surrounding countries, it was decided to shut down all the activities, including automotive manufacturers and dealerships.

So, sales activities were in the normal speed for over half the month and the new vehicles sales registrations in March had been only partially hit (-47.5%), ending the first quarter with 127.415 units sold (-18.3%). In April, strict national lockdown measures were held for the entire month. As a result, auto sales collapsed 90.1% with 5.296 units sold.

In May registrations reported a strong recovery compared to April’s deep fall, as the Government progressively eased restrictions from May 4. Indeed, 34.752 units were sold in May down 32% from the previous year.

Medium Terms Market Trend

In recent years the Belgium car passenger market was moderately positive, with sales grew up form 486k in 2012 to 550k in 2019, sustained by the positive economic momentum and by the incentives to renovate the car park with green vehicles. In 2019, despite decelerating compared to previous months, registrations reported the 5th annual gain in a row.

The key factors for the development of the industry were the introduction of vehicles with lower CO2 emission and country economic development. Both factors pushing the market alternatively up and down.

However, according to data released by the Federation Belge de L’automobile et du cycle, the start of 2020 was shy, with year-to-date February sales at 98.606, down 2.4%.

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for all Brands and top 10 Manufacturers Group.

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