Automotive: here are the top 10 best-selling brands in Belgium (infographic)

Automotive: here are the top 10 best-selling brands in Belgium (infographic)

Despite a total decline of 4.4% in 2022, new car registrations picked up in color during the last five months of last year, which would bode well for the upcoming Auto Show.

Journalist in the Economy department

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LLast year, 366,303 new cars were registered in Belgium, a decline of 4.39% compared to 2021 (383,123) which was already a poor vintage. But this is not such bad news for the automotive sector which, in the last five months of the past year, returned to growth for the first time since March 2020. In December, it even recorded an increase by 20.6% compared to December 2021. “Factories manage to deliver the models ordered more quickly. We are in the process of normalization”, underlines Christophe Dubon, spokesman for Febiac, the Belgian federation of manufacturers, speaking of “spectacular improvement” for the second part of last year.

“Average delivery times are finally shortening, even if they remain higher than before the covid crisis. This can be explained in particular by a gradual reduction in the global shortage of semiconductors. “This is a good omen for the Auto Show,” continues Christophe Dubon, as the high mass of cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles is fast approaching. It will be held at Brussels Expo from January 14 to 22.

BMW again in the lead

Despite this improvement in production and delivery times, the first seven months of 2021 were however marked by losses, which weighs down the annual balance sheet, including for BMW, which for the second consecutive year occupies first place among manufacturers having registered the most new cars. With -2.44%, the German brand with the propeller loses much less than the market average.

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It is followed by Volkswagen (-6.66%) and Mercedes (+6.39%) on the podium of the brands that sold the most first-hand cars. It is hardly surprising to see German premium brands (BMW and Mercedes) occupying the first and third places, or even to see Audi in fifth position. Indeed, according to figures from Febiac arrested in November, company cars accounted for nearly 62% of new vehicle registrations. However, premium models are favored by companies and freelancers. They constitute 9 out of 10 buyers of 100% electric cars, vehicles which accounted for around 10% of registrations in 2022, compared to 5% in 2021 and 3.5% in 2020.

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