Spanish new car sales fell by 16 percent to 59,641 in September, according to the industry group ANFAC.
Dealers said they did not have enough stock to meet demand because of production stoppages from the semiconductor shortage.
The dealer group Faconauto said that with no visibility when inventory would return to normal, sales this year could be as low as 2020. Sales in 2020 fell 32 percent to 851,211 from 2019.
Despite the market’s overall decline, a number of brands recorded gains. Tesla sales were up 150 percent (to 816 units from 326), Fiat was up 24 percent, Hyundai 8.9 percent, BMW 7.5 percent and Kia 3.3 percent.
By channel, registrations to private customers fell by 22 percent to 28,593, and those by companies declined 15 percent to 25,675. Sales to rental companies were up 40 percent to 5,373.