Car sales April 2024, recovering what was lost in March

If last month we were talking about an Easter effect due to the drop in year-on-year sales, for the first time in 14 months, the opposite happened in April. New car registrationsthey rose 23.1% in April, with 92,000 units. Easter coincided in April 2023 and this year there were more business days to sell.

If we eliminate that detail, combining the sales of March and April to equalize the effect of the holidays, we have the result that 186,840 units were sold, which is 7.2% more than the same period in 2023. In the accumulated of the first During the quarter, 336,726 units were registered, 7.8% more than the same quarter of the previous year. Of course, this is still 23% below the figures recorded in 2019, before the pandemic.

In the analysis by channel, in April individuals have pushed, with a growth of 32.3%, up to a total of 37,548 units sold. Also notable is the rise in rent-a-car, with sales increasing by 60.2% compared to the same month of the previous year to 25,237 registrations. The negative point is sales to companies, which fell 4.6%.

On the other hand, the average CO2 emissions of cars sold until April recorded an average of 117.4 grams of CO2 per kilometer traveled, 1.42% lower. If we talk about electric vehicles, 18,007 units have been registered throughout the year, 0.2% less than the first quarter of 2023, with a share of 4.46%. Plug-in hybrids grew by 8.7% until April (20,987 units, with a cumulative share of the year of 5.21%) and non-plug-in hybrids accumulated 120,518 units, 26.2% more than the previous year with a share of 29.85%. The biggest push (note), gas vehicles, than the whole year, accumulated 11,407 units, 54.2% more with a share of 2.82%.

From ANFAC, the manufacturers' association, they point out that eliminating the Easter effect the market rises by 7.2%. However, “sales of plug-in vehicles are not growing in share” but could end the year by finally surpassing the barrier of one million passenger cars sold in 2024. The dealers indicate how it has “positively impacted the good performance of the rental companies, which are preparing their summer campaign”, also emphasizing that the contribution to the electrified vehicle market is falling: “We are at more or less 10% market penetration of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, when last year we were by 11%.

At Ganvam they do not forget that “we are still more than 20% below pre-pandemic levels” and, although electrification does not increase as expected, they applaud “the rise of non-plug-in hybrid vehicles.”

Best-selling brands and models

As for the best-selling models of the month of April, for the umpteenth month, the Dacia Sandero was the best-seller, followed by Seat Ibiza and Renault Clio.

These are the ten best sellers of last month:

MODEL Sales April 2024
DACIA SANDERO 3,380
SEAT IBIZA 2,520
RENAULT CLIO 2,379
SEAT ARONA 2,346
CITROËN C3 2,141
TOYOTA YARIS 2,080
VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC 2,068
TOYOTA COROLLA 2011
HYUNDAI TUCSON 1926
OPEL CORSA 1,853

As for the ten best sellers of the year, what has happened this month is a dance of positions. The Dacia Sandero continues to lead, but in this case it is the Toyota Corolla that is in second position and in third the Seat Arona, which is consolidating itself as the best-selling SUV in the country ahead of the Nissan Qashqai or Hyundai Tucson:

We leave you the list of the ten best sellers:

MODEL Sales Jan-Apr 2024
DACIA SANDERO 10,521
TOYOTA COROLLA 8,252
SEAT ARONA 7,475
NISSAN QASHQAI 7,344
SEAT IBIZA 7,343
HYUNDAI TUCSON 7,181
MG ZS 6,748
RENAULT CLIO 6,682
PEUGEOT 2008 6,112
TOYOTA YARIS CROSS 5,930

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