MILAN -- New-car sales in Italy fell 23 percent in June to 132,457, according to data from the Italian transport ministry.
In May, registrations had plunged 50 percent as dealer showrooms gradually reopened starting May 4 after being closed for nearly two months under coronavirus restrictions.
June had one more selling day than the same month in 2019. Without the additional selling day registrations would have declined just less than 30 percent, according to importers association UNRAE.
Sales to private customers were down 7.5 percent to 86,632 in June, according to market researchers Dataforce. These registrations still included cars ordered before the coronavirus lockdown.
Sales to short-term rental companies dropped 66 percent, following a 92 percent drop in May. Demand was hit by a slow tourism business despite nationwide travel being allowed to restart on June 3.
Registrations by long-term rental companies dropped 20 percent and business sales were down 15 percent.
Both industry association ANFIA and UNRAE have called upon the government to support the industry with a stimulus program. Rome has so far helped automakers and dealers with measures such as pay for temporary layoffs and financing help but refrained from taking steps to directly stimulate demand.
Both associations forecast that without a scrapping program to stimulate demand, sales for the full year will drop 37 percent to 1.2 million units.
Sales of electrified vehicles jumped thanks to several new mild hybrid models such as the Ford Puma, the Fiat 500 and Panda and the Suzuki Vitara. Sales of hybrid cars, including mild hybrids, rose 75 percent to 16,039 with a 12 percent market share, up from 5.3 percent.
Full-electric car sales rose 53 percent to 2,228, while plug-in hybrids jumped 315 percent to 1,645.
Gasoline car sales suffered a 29 percent decline, giving them a 39.8 percent market share, while diesel sales fell 35 percent and a market share of 35.6 percent.
Winners and losers.
Ferrari had the biggest rise in registrations last month with sales up 54 percent. Volvo was up 13 percent and Porsche gained 8.6 percent.
Premium brands fared better than the overall market, with BMW sales down 11 percent, while Audi and Mercedes-Benz both declined by 12 percent.
Among the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands, Fiat's registrations fell 20 percent and Lancia's volume was down 19 percent. Alfa Romeo sales dropped 40 percent and Jeep was down 36 percent.
Renault group sales were down with demand for Renault vehicles declining by 27 percent and for Dacia by 25 percent
Despite the fall, four group models featured in the top 10 best-seller list last month, with Renault Clio the No. 2, Dacia's Sandero in fourth place, the Renault Captur at No. 5 and the Dacia Duster in seventh place.
Volkswagen brand sales were down 30 percent. Among VW Group's other brands, Seat sales were flat, while Skoda suffered a 1 percent decline.
Within the PSA Group, Peugeot sales declined by 17 percent, Citroen demand was down 23 percent and Opel fell by 47 percent.
Ford sales fell by 10 percent.
Toyota sales dropped 3 percent, while Nissan fell by 37 percent. Hyundai volume was down 35 percent while sister brand Kia dropped 29 percent.
Through June, Italian sales fell 46 percent to 583,960.