2013 annual car sales data picture a car sales world market which, against what recently said, has reached its highest peak (a 5.1 percent increase compared to 2012, and a 44 percent increase over 2003): 83,5 million new vehicles sold all over the world.
This is the picture emerged during the Automotive Dealer Day (Verona, from May 20th to 22nd, 2014), B2B event which gathered more than 4300 professionals and experts working on the automotive industry (not only from Europe but also from USA, Brazil and India). Why do we keep talking about crisis? “Geography” of vehicle sales has certainly changed. European car sales has dropped (-1.7 percent compared to 2012, Italy -7.1 percent compared to previous year and -47,7% compared to 2007-2008), while car sales success are now driven by sales in “emerging” markets (led by China) and America (USA, the world's second-largest market, has shown a 7,6 percent increase; but also Canada and Mexico have registered their best year). The Italian market (which is the twelfth largest sales market in the world), has a strong demand for second hand vehicles: 192 used vehicles were sold for every 100 new car sold in 2013. According to a survey conducted by Promotor Research Center and explained by Gian Primo Quagliano, in “regular” years approximately 130 used cars were sold for every 100 new cars sold.