Registrations for the Italian true fleet market were down by 33.8% in September, presenting a similar decline seen by the German fleet market following the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) deadline on Sept. 1.
The WLTP requires manufacturers to ensure certain vehicles meet a new required emissions standard before they are able to legally sell the vehicle in Europe, and it also impacted registrations in the total vehicle market in the country, which saw a 23.7% dip in passenger car registrations, which resulted from WLTP, reports Dataforce.
Due to the WLTP frictions, almost all vehicle segments achieved a negative outcome over September with the luxury class being the only segment eking out positively and posting a plus of 15.2% within the true fleet segment but volume-wise this growth was rather marginal, according ot Dataforce.
Despite this, fleet registrations in the country are still positive (up 4%), which continues nine months of consecutive growth, according to Dataforce.
Fiat was the leading manufacturer for true fleet registrations in Italy, and Mercedes-Benz held the second place position, which benefitted from larger losses of other OEMs and jumped from its sixth place spot, reports Dataforce. Peugeot increased its fleet registrations by 15% and jumped into third due to the strength of its 3008 and 5008 SUVs, and the compact 308, which also took the second position in fleet’s compact car ranking.
BMW, Volkswagen, and Ford finished on ranks four to six, while Toyota was in seventh but only missed a better position by 35 registrations, according to Dataforce. Hybrid version of the Yaris and C-HR helped Toyota increase fleet registrations by 35.2%