Car sales in Belgium suffered in first half of 2022
Car sales in Belgium recorded deep red figures in the first half of 2022. The number of newly registered second-hand cars dropped by 10%, while the number of new cars dropped by almost 16%. This is shown in Wednesday's figures from the Belgian mobility federation Traxio.
In the first half of the year, a total of 329,971 second hand cars were registered. This is 10.2% less than in 2021. In June, 58,322 second-hand cars were registered, a decrease of 13%. Volkswagen remains the most popular, ahead of BMW, Opel, Mercedes and Peugeot.
As far as new cars are concerned, in the first six months of 2022 there were 195,387 units or a decrease of 15.9% compared to last year. In June, 34,814 new cars were registered (-15.3%).
The reasons given for the decline include rising life expectancy, reduced customer confidence, uncertainty about future mobility and the situation in Ukraine.
According to Traxio, the consequence of the drop in sales is that private individuals are driving their older cars around longer, which delays the greening of the car fleet.
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