From January to March this year, the output of light trucks increased the most, a 12.1% change compared to the same period last year
According to data released by the Portuguese Automobile Association (ACAP) this Wednesday, in the first quarter of this year, Portugal produced a total of 83,882 cars, an increase of 8.6% over the same period last year. )).
From January to March, Portugal produced 67 041 light passenger vehicles in the first three months, an increase of 8% over the same period last year. The output of light industrial products increased even more: 15,867 vehicles that left our factories, an increase of 12.1%. To a lesser extent, 974 heavy vehicles were produced (an increase of 2.3%).
ACAP pointed out: “Statistics for 2021 confirm the importance of exports to the automotive industry, because 98.0% of Portuguese-made vehicles are destined for foreign markets, which makes an important contribution to the balance of Portuguese commercial law.” A statement from the newsroom.
The European market remains the main export market for cars manufactured in the country, accounting for 86.6%. Italy (14.8%), France (14.3%), Germany (14.0%), Spain (12.3%) and the United Kingdom (7.8%) top the list. It is also worth noting that in Asia, 7.5% of the country’s car production is exported to Japan, which ranks first in the destination market (5.6%).
In addition, according to ACAP data, in March this year alone, Portugal produced 29,218 cars, an increase of 70.9% compared to the same month in 2020, which is also the first month that the government implemented it. Dealing with the covid-19 pandemic.
Compared with the same period last year, the country’s heavy-duty vehicle assembly volume fell by 59.8% in the first quarter of this year. Of the 68 cars produced from January to March this year, 41.2% (28) were exported. Germany is the only destination for exporting cars.
In March 2021 alone, 36 heavy vehicles were assembled, an increase of 2.9% over the same month in 2020. In addition, according to ACAP’s data, only heavy passenger vehicles have been assembled in my country this year.