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Spanish new passenger car sales surged 39.8pc to 105,841 units in December compared to 75,708 units recorded the prior month, according to the data released by Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Automóviles y Camiones (ANFAC) on January 5.


Though the government has implemented evening curfews and travel restrictions between affected regions, “limited” restrictions have not had as detrimental an impact on new car sales compared with those imposed in France or Italy.


Government stimulus programmes and new vehicle purchase incentive schemes have lessened the impact of partial lockdowns and depressed consumer spending; promoting car sales through the scrapping of vehicles more than ten years old for the remainder of 2020.


Spanish new car sales registered a growth of a paltry 0.1pc in December compared to pre-COVID-19 sales volumes of 105,853 units in the same month a year ago. 


In total, 123,941 vehicles (including passenger and commercial) were registered in December and 1,029,089 new cars were sold in the twelve months between January and December 2020 – 31.44pc lower compared to the prior year.

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