Switzerland fleet registrations dropped 2.7% in July when compared to the same time last year, and passenger car registrations were also down slightly.
Despite the declines, which have been constant in 2019, this true fleet market proved to be healthier than in the first half of the year, with only 137 company car registrations less than in the same month last year, according to Dataforce. The company car segment saw growth in various regions of Switzerland, including Eastern Switzerland (20.3%), Northwestern Switzerland (7.6%), the Zurich region (7.2%) and Central Switzerland (2.0%).
Leading registrations for all automakers was Skoda with an increase of 37.1%, which was ahead of SEAT (36.2%), and Mercedes-Benz (32.5%). Following the top three were Toyota (15.3%), Ford (14%), and Volvo (13.9%). The Ford Focus (up 221.1%), the Volvo XC40 (up 147.8%) and the Mercedes C-Class (up 100%) achieved the highest growth among the 20 most registered fleet models in comparison to July 2018.
In July, companies made less use of petrol (- 8.7 %) or diesel cars (- 4.8 %). Also, in the first seven months of the year, registrations of petrol and diesel cars in the true fleet market fell by 15.3% and 6%, respectively.