In September of this year, 16,534 vehicles were sold in Portugal, or 10.1 percent less than in the same month of the previous year.
The data, now released by the Automobile Association of Portugal (ACAP), also indicate that, despite this negative record, 214,941 new vehicles have been put into circulation in the first nine months of the year, representing an annual increase of 6.0 percent .
Regarding the decline in sales in September, which dropped by 28% year-on-year in August, ACAP emphasizes that this may be due to the fear of the consequences of the changes in the system for measuring CO2 emissions, the transition for a new test cycle WLTP – Global test procedure for harmonized light vehicles (worldwide harmonized test procedure for light vehicles).
What has happened is that since 1 September of this year all new models that have been introduced on the market have to officially submit official consumption and emission values according to the WLTP cycle.
The emission of pollutants is very stressful
Contrary to what was reported for the first time, the price of new cars did not rise in September, as feared by brands, due to the change in the system for measuring polluting emissions that would have an impact on the tax burden. In Portugal, CO2 emissions are very heavy and the new calculation rules increase the figures for each vehicle.
As Expresso first-hand reported on August 3, the government will change car tax rates to blur the impact of new European standards, which would push prices up. The entry into force of the new WLTP system will take place in September, but until December the calculation of taxes will be based on the values of the pollutant emissions calculated by the current system, the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).
"In the context of the preparation of the state budget for 2019, the tax authority must submit a proposal to revise the current ISV and IUC tables and adjust the rules that determine tax exemptions that are aligned with the limits of CO2 emissions. the emission levels that result from the new WLTP system, "says António Mendonça Mendes, State Secretary for Tax Affairs, on 1 August.
"The transition from the emissions measurement system to the WLTP must be accompanied by an adaptation of the current ISV and IUC tables, which have been approved on the assumption of the existing measurement system," he added.
Sales of cars & # 39; s drops 14%
Despite this official information, the Portuguese, who were thinking about buying a new car, expected their purchases, which led to an acceleration of car sales in August, with the decrease now reported for September.
In the analysis of sales by category and vehicle type, ACPA reports that 12,771 new light passenger cars were registered, ie 14% less than in the same month of the previous year. In the first nine months of 2018, car registrations recorded 182,677 units, which translated into a positive variation of 6.5% compared to the same period of 2017.
In trucks, there was a positive evolution: it rose by 4.8% compared to the same month of the previous year and amounted to 3,148 registered units. In accumulated terms, the market in the period from January to September 2018 was 28,247 units, an increase of 3.9% over the same period last year.