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    Italian car sales come to a halt -85%, Tesla only brand up +58%

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    MILAN — Registrations in Italy fell by 85 percent in March, as sales activity came to a halt during the month because of restrictions to counter the coronavirus outbreak.
    New-car sales were 28,326, the transport ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
    Registrations had fallen by 5.9 percent in January and 8.8 percent in February, when the virus was first detected in Italy.
    On March 8, large parts of northern Italy including Milan were locked down to prevent the spread of the virus, halting most commercial activities, including car sales. The restrictions were extended to the rest of the country on March 10. The lockdown in Italy was initially imposed until April 3, but the government has said it will be extended until at least April 13. An official decree is expected by Thursday.

    UNRAE's Michele Crisci called for more relief measures from the government, including expanding current subsidies for cars that emit no more than 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer to cars that emit 95 g/km. Incentives for company cars should be increased, he said.

    Crisci said the requested measures should last until at least the middle of 2021 and would cost an estimated 3 billion euros.
    Tesla increase sales

    Tesla was the only brand that increased its sales in March. The EV maker's registrations grew by 58 percent to 424.
    The Model 3 midsize sedan, which went on sale in Italy in the first quarter of 2019, was the most popular car in the midsize segment, with 358 registrations.

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group saw sales slump at all its brands. Fiat sales plunged 91 percent and Lancia fell 92 percent. Alfa Romeo was down 89 percent and Jeep dropped by 86 percent. Maserati's registrations fell 77 percent.
    Within Volkswagen Group, VW brand sales dropped by 87 percent. Seat was down 90 percent, while Skoda declined by 73 percent. Audi's registrations fell 81 percent and Porsche's volume was down 45 percent.

    PSA Group's brands had a bad month. Peugeot was down 86 percent; Citroen sales dropped by 89 percent; Opel fell 93 percent.

    Ford registrations were also down by 86 percent.

    Among Asian brands, Hyundai suffered an 83 percent decline while Kia dropped by 59 percent. Toyota slumped 87 percent and Nissan fell 85 percent.

    Among luxury automakers, Mercedes-Benz registrations were down 75 percent and BMW dropped by 89 percent.

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    Tesla Touchless delivery buy online the Amazon way seems to be working well for them in Italy one of the worst hit in Europe with the coronavirus.
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    Sounds like a big deal for Tesla until they dispense with percentages and give an actual number... 424 cars.
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    Re: Italian car sales come to a halt -85%, Tesla only brand up +58%

    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    Sounds like a big deal for Tesla until they dispense with percentages and give an actual number... 424 cars.
    New-car sales were 28,326, the transport ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
    big sales gain in a market that STILL sold 28K after loosing 85%
    I assume tesla is a "niche" at best in Italy

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    Tesla is a 'niche' brand in every single market on earth.

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    No3 best selling car in Europe is not niche

    Tesla sales in December up +368% to me looks outstanding numbers, as Europeans were rushing into buying new cars ahead of European Union 34 billion Euro C02 based fines being introduced in January, these are permanent fines that don't affect Tesla.

    Tesla are collecting $2 billions big money from Fiat to offset thier European Union C02 emission fines.

    Some might say GM are a "niche" player or not even a player anymore in Europe.

    Glad to see Tesla an American company, with Model 3 sitting at No3 best seller in the European mass market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    Sounds like a big deal for Tesla until they dispense with percentages and give an actual number... 424 cars.
    I guess it all depends on what the meaning of 424 is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    Sounds like a big deal for Tesla until they dispense with percentages and give an actual number... 424 cars.
    Tesla Model 3 No1 best selling car in the Netherlands in March, thats not a percentage.
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    Re: Italian car sales come to a halt -85%, Tesla only brand up +58%

    I donít really follow Tesla (beyond general interest), but apparently they were way down in February in Netherlands and Norway:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimcoll.../#3c7936d81bf0

    So March is way up after being way down. Does anyone have first quarter numbers, not just March? That might give a better indication.
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    This catastrophic drop is because everyone believes that new Italian cars now have cooties.

    Give me a new Ferrari and I'll be happy to dispel this myth.
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Model 3 sells decently well.
    Other Tesla models sell terrifically poorly.
    As a BRAND, it's a niche seller, below suzuki in Europe.
    Can't become mainstream on the back of a single model.

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    Tesla is also building it's first European Assembly plant in Germany. But it goes without saying that any carmaker that doesn't need a dealership for sales, delivery, and service is going to do better under these circumstances. Hopefully this is used as a way to reinforce the importance of direct sales in States that restrict them, it might save jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    This catastrophic drop is because everyone believes that new Italian cars now have cooties.

    Give me a new Ferrari and I'll be happy to dispel this myth.
    Funny, I was thinking this is probably a good time to fly to Italy and make a Great Deal on some cool car.

    As for cooties, one of our 4th grade classmates was sent home because the central planning authorities did a Cootie Check of all the kids' craniums, they found cooties on her.

    As we all know, it was cooties that have caused this virus thingie. And cooties that have driven almost everyone insane also. Beware of cooties!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    Funny, I was thinking this is probably a good time to fly to Italy and make a Great Deal on some cool car.

    As for cooties, one of our 4th grade classmates was sent home because the central planning authorities did a Cootie Check of all the kids' craniums, they found cooties on her.

    As we all know, it was cooties that have caused this virus thingie. And cooties that have driven almost everyone insane also. Beware of cooties!
    You happen to have run across an expert in the Cootie field. That would be me. I remember long ago when Cooties were actually domesticated, friendly, and innocuous. Although they had sinister origins that I may delve into later, this generation was a favorite with humans.

    cootie.png
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IROCNROL1 View Post
    You happen to have run across an expert in the Cootie field. That would be me. I remember long ago when Cooties were actually domesticated, friendly, and innocuous. Although they had sinister origins that I may delve into later, this generation was a favorite with humans.

    cootie.png
    Is it later yet? Yes it is. Here is the initial invasion of Cooties before they were even named such. WARNING! VERY GRAPHIC!

    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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    You happen to have run across an expert in the Cootie field. That would be me. I remember long ago when Cooties were actually domesticated, friendly, and innocuous. Although they had sinister origins that I may delve into later, this generation was a favorite with humans.

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