WLTP drags down Italian true fleet sector

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The Italian true fleet market fell 33.8% in September following a 25.5% upturn in August as the switch to WLTP took its toll.

The Octavia is the Italian true fleet sector’s top Compact Car model

Analysis by Gabriel Juhas at Dataforce shows the total market fell 23.7% in September to around 136,000 units, with the private market down 14.1% and special channels down 37.2%. There was more positive news when it came to the true fleet year-to-date figure, with the market still in the black after the first nine months of the year (+4.0%).

Among the true fleet top 10 carmaker’s league table, Fiat maintained its position despite a huge loss in volume, followed by Mercedes which benefited from larger losses of other OEMs and jumped from sixth to second position Peugeot increased its fleet registrations by 15.0% and jumped from ninth into third position due to the 3008 and 5008 and the 308, which took the second position in fleet’s Compact Car ranking.

BMW, VW and Ford finished in ranks four to six while Toyota (seventh) only missed a better position by 35 registrations and was up 35.2%, mainly due to the Hybrid versions of the Yaris, C-HR and – to a lesser extent – the Auris Touring Sports.

Škoda came in eight and was up 18.2%, mainly fuelled by the performance of the new Karoq while the Octavia, being True Fleet’s top Compact Car model, stabilised Škoda’s volume. The Czech brand was followed by Renault (ninth) and Nissan (10th) while Dataforce also noted how Volvo (16th) was up by 37.5% due to the V40, XC40 and XC60 while Jaguar (21st) managed to double its registrations (+104.8%) with the E-Pace taking the largest share of the growth pie.

Dataforce also looked at the performance of the various segments among true fleet and found the Luxury Class was the only one to remain positive, rising 15.2%. Nonetheless, some segments are still in the black from a year-to-date perspective, namely the SUVs and the Small Cars at a cumulated plus of 31.2% and 3.7% in September.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.