The Seat Arona signs its very first annual win at home.
New car sales in Spain end up only edging up 1% year-on-year in 2021 to 859,477 units. The microchip crisis has negated the recovery the industry was expecting after a year 2020 hampered by Covid lockdowns. Worryingly, private sales, arguably an indicator of “real” demand for cars, skid down -12.8% to 372,637 units. Company sales edge up 2.1% to 334,514 while rental sales enable the market to end the year in positive at +58.5% and 152,326 registrations. In terms of regions, Madrid soars 15.5% to 364,416 and a whopping 42.4% share of the total market, whereas Cataluña drops -10.5% to 110,728 and Comunidad Valenciana dips -7.7% to 74,149. Canarias (+21.4%) and Baleares (+4.8%) are the only two additional regions in positive.
Seat (+3.5%) remains the most popular carmaker at home with 8.2% share while Peugeot (+2.4%) and Toyota (+8.2%) both overtake Volkswagen (-7.6%) to climb to #2 and #3 respectively. Hyundai (+26.7%) and Kia (+20.2%) sport the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 20, with Hyundai up two spots to #5 and Kia remaining at #6. Citroen (+7.4%) also outpaces the market in the remainder of the Top 10 while BMW (-0.1%) is stable and both Renault (-7.9%) and Dacia (-6.7%) decelerate. Jeep (+17.5%) and Skoda (+16.6%) shine in the remainder of the Top 20 with Cupra (+640.8%) ending its first full year of sales just outside at #21. Notice also Tesla (+118.9%) up six ranks to #28. The best-selling newcomers are all Chinese: MG lands at #36, Lynk & Co at #37, SWM at #46 and Zhidou at #48.
Model-wise, after an interruption last year, Seat reclaims the top spot in 2021 for the 13th time in the past 14 years but with a different nameplate: the Arona (+42.8%) signing its very first annual win at home (and in the world) and up five spots on 2020. A discreet facelift helped the model to pole position but the 2nd-ranked vehicle is even more impressive: the Hyundai Tucson soars 66.8% year-on-year and 17 ranks thanks to the new generation. Leader last year, the Dacia Sandero (-15%) drops to #3 despite a new model. Another outstanding performance is delivered by the Peugeot 2008 (+27.6%) up three ranks to #4 while the Toyota Corolla (+9.7%) rounds out the Top 5 like last year. The Fiat 500 (+30.8%) is up 10 spots to #10, the Citroen C3 (+23.2%) and VW T-Roc (+23.2%) both up 6 ranks to #8 and #9 and the Peugeot 3008 (+14.7%) is up two to #6. Leader in 2019, the Seat Leon (-29.2%) crumbles down 5 spots to #7 for the year. The Renault Arkana (#48) is the best-selling 2021 launch and ended the year at #10 in December.
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