Switzerland 2020. Mercedes resists (-31.8%) in market down 50.5% in May

Switzerland Auto Market

Switzerland Auto Market in May 2020 managed to improve from the previous month’s sharp drop, while anti-covid19 measures were eased based on the three-step programme. Indeed, the market matched the European trend, with 13.270 units sold in May (-50.5%), leading Year to Date sales to 74.863 (-39%). Mini was the only top 30 gainer.

Switzerland Auto Market in May

The Swiss Government implemented a three-step programme to ease anti-covid19 constraints – already starting from April 27 – allowing the car market to avoid a complete halt in April. In May the market perfectly matched the European trend, posting an improvement from the previous month.

Indeed, 13.270 units were sold in May (-50.5%), leading Year to Date sales to 74.863 (-39%).

On a positive note, in May electrified vehicles sales have surged 25.7% reaching 21.4% share, while diesel sales fell 63%.

In the competitive landscape, Mercedes outpaced the market trend – down 31.8% – while the best top 30 brand is Mini (+5.8%), the only gainer in May together with Lamborghini.

Post Covid19 Market Trend

Similar to most European countries, the Swiss Government imposed lockdowns measures in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. Indeed, on March 16 schools were closed nationwide, while from March 20 most non-essential businesses were stopped and gatherings of more than five people in public spaces were banned.

As a result, car showrooms have had to close and the car market dropped down 39.3% with 17.577 units sold, ending the Q1 at 55.478 (-23%).

In April, the market plummeted 67.2% with 9.378 units sold.

Medium Terms Market Trend

The Switzerland vehicles market is one of the most stable in the World with car passenger sales in the last decade always among the minimum of 293.000 done in the 2010 and the maximum of 329.000 of the 2012. In the 2018 sales were below the 300.000 units at the second-lowest level in the decade, while in 2019, sales have marginally recovered, improving 3.9% from the previous year.

In the first two months of 2020, according to the data released by the Association of local Automotive Importers, the market started on the wrong foot, as year-to-date registrations in February have been 37.901, down 12%.

Tables with sales figures

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

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