Palma de Majorca.—There were 25'936 cars sold in the Balearics last year, 2 percent less than in 2010. The figure means that car sales in the Islands fell the least in 2011 in comparison with all other regions in the country, dealerships association “Ganvam” and car manufacturers' association “Anfac” said yesterday.

Looking at figures for the Balearics for December 2011 alone, Ganvam said that the total for the month of 1'817 cars sold was a 16.5 percent increase in comparison with the same month in 2010, the highest in the country.

At a national level, there were 808'059 cars sold last year in Spain, a 17.7 percent downturn on the total for 2010, “Ganvam” said.
Analysing how the national car sales market performed last month in comparison with the Balearics, there were 66'458 vehicles sold in Spain in December, a year-on-year decline of 3.6 percent.

Speaking about the car sales market in Spain as a whole, both “Ganvam” and “Anfac” agreed that 2011 had been one of the worst years on record with sales reaching the “low” of 1993 when just 792'500 vehicles changed hands.

Looking at the car sales client sectors for last year, both organisations showed that 387'831 vehicles went to private individual buyers, an accumulated downturn of 33.6 percent. Their research also revealed that 48 out of every 100 cars sold in Spain last year went to private individuals compared to 60 percent in 2007. “Anfac” and “Ganvam” said that 2011 was the third consecutive year in which car sales in Spain had fallen below the 1 million mark, and that predictions for 2012 are for just 800'000 to be sold.

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