Auto production halved in 2020, while others in Europe are managing the crisis better.
Faced with the economic crisis caused by Covid-19, all countries are not equal. This is particularly the case with the automotive industry. Indeed, a report from ACEA (Association des Constructeurs Européens d’Automobiles) indicates that France was the hardest hit in 2020.
From January to September, a little more than 600,000 cars were produced in France, against more than 1,200,000 over the same period in 2019, a decrease of nearly 50%. Elsewhere in Europe, the weather is not good for the manufacturers either, but they limit the damage better: -30% in Germany or Italy, -25% in Spain … The European average is set at – 30%, far from the French “score”.
From 3rd to 5th place
Consequence: France loses its place on the European podium, and even slips into fifth position, behind the Czech Republic (808,000 vehicles produced), and Slovakia (631,000). It is far, very far from Germany and its nearly 2,400,000 cars produced between January and September 2020. Spain remains comfortably in second position, with 1,200,000 vehicles.
But while it is easy to point the finger at the Covid, it is not the only culprit. Several manufacturers have indeed announced this year plant closures in France: this is the case for example of the Renault factory in Flins , while Mercedes wants to sell its Smart factory in Hambach . As we remember, the Renault plant in Sandouville was also forcibly closed during the first confinement, for non-compliance with sanitary instructions.