Spanish factories continue to recover the pace of production that began last July. In September, 234,108 vehicles were produced, 17.2% more than in the same month of the previous year. During the first nine months of the year there have been a total of 2,217,208 vehicles, which is 2% less compared to 2018. The accumulated decline to the summer months is moderated.
This recovery of production in factories in Spain is related to the increase in sales of cars that has occurred in the last month in prominent export markets in Europe. In addition, there have been growths in other international markets such as Turkey, which grew 100.7% in September after months of deep crisis, or the recovery in Brazil, Japan or South Africa, relevant export destinations from Spain .
“The Spanish factories are marking a good last stretch of the year, which makes us expect that this evolution will be a sign of a gradual recovery in manufacturing, and we hope that it will remain positive over the next few months keeping the figures for production for 2019. The allocation of models in 2019 and 2020, which comply with the demanding environmental regulations, are signs of our factories' commitment to decarbonization objectives, ”said Mario Armero, executive vice president of ANFAC.
By type of vehicle, the manufacture of passenger cars decreased 2.4% in the first nine months of 2019, to 1,665,397 units. It increases, however, 19.2% in the month compared to September last year, accumulating 182,745 manufactured vehicles.
The production of commercial and industrial vehicles closes in positive the first nine months of the year with an increase of 1.4%, adding a total of 431,039 units manufactured, backed, above all, by the rise of light commercials during the last month.
Along with trucks, they are the only two segments that improve, accumulating 48,499 manufactured vehicles, up 14% from September of the previous year.
In the first nine months of the year, the production of SUVs (pick-ups) and that of trucks are the ones that continue to register the greatest falls. The rate of decline in the manufacture of pick-ups is 21.2%, up to 30,502 units. While the trucks, although they moderately recover manufacturing in September, continue in negative figures, registering a decrease of 23.9% in the year as a whole, to 4,719 units.
In September, 195,709 vehicles were exported, representing an increase of 21.1% over the same month of the previous year. In the first nine months of the year, the export of vehicles has fallen by 2.2% compared to the same period of 2018, with 1,731,987 units shipped outside our borders.
The gradual recovery in the registration of European markets and the supply of vehicles in stock, after the WLTP effect, have allowed the export of vehicles from Spanish factories this month has accumulated an increase of 21.1% above the figures September last year, managing to reduce the fall in exports in 2019 to a cumulative 2.2% decrease.
By type of vehicle 158,945 cars have been exported in the ninth month of the year with an increase of 19.5% compared to September 2018, and 2,692 SUVs, which is -29.1% less. As for commercial and industrial vehicles, a total of 34,072 units have been exported, which represents 37.1% more than in the same period of the previous year.