Manufacturers ask the government for measures as registrations fall by 60%




The worst predictions are coming true, and the month of January will leave a number of car registrations that will be around 60%. And guilt, according to National Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (Anfac), It is not only the Covid-19, since the entry into force of new tax charges due to the entry into force of the WLTP protocol for the measurement of emissions, its important percentage is also being charged in the decrease in sales in dealerships.

The president of Anfac, Jose Vicente de los Mozos, has assured that the month of January is being “bad”, and has asked the Government to listen “a little more” to the sector.

De los Mozos has expressed himself this way after meeting with the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, as president-general manager of Renault Spain. For De los Mozos it is “normal” in the context in which there is a drop in registrations, but he added that “it has not helped” the government’s decision to raise the registration tax with the change in vehicle emissions.

The Renault manager has criticized that the tax is raised and they have not taken the same measures as in France, Italy or Portugal and has asserted that “no one can understand” that a car that on December 30 had the same emissions as on January 2 have to pay between 4.75 and 9 percent more registration tax.

In addition, it has framed the situation in a context in which last year the automotive sector has not gone beyond 800,000 cars And this year it will not come, for this reason it considers “important” the Government’s commitment to a “country project” in the automobile sector.

De los Mozos has assured that different builders are committed to decarbonization, but has called for a “transition” and, How will you transfer the ministers in the meetings that you will hold these daysLet the sector be listened to “a little more” because it is 10 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generates more than two million direct or indirect jobs.

“And unfortunately we only remember this sector when we have to close factories or low production,” lamented the president of Anfac, who has stressed that in this “difficult” time of the pandemic it is “very important” bet on industrial sectors such as the automotive industry, “one of the few that generates a positive balance in the country.”

Make Spain a “friendly” country towards the car

In this context and also in relation to the negotiation with the unions for a future industrial plan at Renault, the president-director of the brand of the rhombus has added to the social agreement that it is necessary for the different administrations to bet on the car “as a car-friendly country”, something that it seeks with the different meetings that it will hold this Wednesday with the Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera , or Industry, Reyes Maroto, on Friday.

De los Mozos has clarified that regardless of the color of the administrations in recent years there have always been agreements and there has been a commitment to the automobile industry and he is convinced that it must be done and it will be achieved.

Thus, he pointed out that the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, what was publicly expressed but “the problem is not that the plan is bad”, rather, its execution “is not efficient”, which he considers to be the thing to change, the “execution of the car support plan.”

The president of Anfac and head of Renault Spain has warned that administrations know that the car is a “safe value” at a time when the economy is “falling” and currently isl 60 percent of the country’s economy it is the automobile industry. “If we lose the automobile industry, the industry in this country will become marginal and that is a problem for the country’s trade balance,” he asserted.

For this reason, he has asked for a meeting point so that this type of agreement reinforces the market situation for an ecological transition that has to be made and in Spain at least one million units are sold a year and so that thehe transition from low-emission vehicles to ‘zero’ It is done in a “gradual” way, but also the old vehicles are removed, since it has the oldest park in the western area, with 12.5 years on average.

«A series of factors that the Prime Minister explained well and we have to execute it so that in the multinational it is seen that Spain is committed to the automobile and sustainable mobility “, added De los Mozos, who stated that this is what he is looking for with this round of contacts.

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