In January, vehicle registrations in Italy fell by 13.19% with respect to January of 2020. In total, 148,693 cars were registered and 1,540,335 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 21.04% less than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of January is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 14,692, 6.71% less than in January of 2020.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 134,001, which represents a figure of 13.84% less than in January of 2020.
Italy is the 12th-placed country in ranking of 137 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.
A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Italians residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 25.83 cars per 1,000 residents, 2.49 of them in the last month, Italy, occupies 22th place in the ranking.
As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy.
Changes in Italian vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have declined since 2011, as 2,120,167 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 35.71.
Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Italy. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Italy in en Italian economy.