The expert expects the weakest car year due to the chip crisis

Released on 26. 10. 2021

  • The ongoing shortage of semiconductors is causing car manufacturers to stall production. Photo: Jan Woitas

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The global shortage of semiconductors hits the automotive industry particularly hard. The balance for the year 2020 could therefore be even worse than that of the Corona year 2020.

Duisburg / Frankfurt (dpa) РAccording to industry expert Ferdinand Dudenh̦ffer, fewer new cars will be registered on the German car market this year than ever since reunification. The reason is the ongoing shortage of semiconductors, which is causing production to stall.

According to calculations by the private Center Automotive Research (CAR) in Duisburg, the already weak registration figures are currently missing from a good 2.9 million cars last year. “In our estimation, this will make the year 2020 the worst car year since reunification,” says the car discount -Study by the CAR.

The scarce supply of finished new vehicles increases prices for consumers. The manufacturers have further reduced their various discounts, reports Dudenh̦ffer. For models that can be freely configured on the Internet, there is only an average discount on the list price of 17 .2 percent Рas little as it has been in almost ten years. According to the evaluation, the number of car subscriptions on offer also fell significantly. Customers of this relatively new form of leasing, including maintenance and insurance benefits, also have to wait longer for their cars Manufacturers and distributors. The CAR experts suspect this is due to sales campaigns by some importers. The own registrations are marketed with individual price reductions in the car dealerships.

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