Welcome to 

The Voice of European vehicle dealers and repairers

Representing 336,720 enterprises of automotive trade and repair businesses

What does CECRA do?

CECRA is the European umbrella organisation regrouping national automotive trade associations and European brand dealer councils

Acting as a watchdog, ensuring the interests of authorized dealers and repairers are taken into due account by European regulatory bodies

CECRA's 'Best Practice'

platform offers its members a real added value enabling them to learn more about new tendencies and best practices in place

CECRA News & Events

EU passenger car market contracted by 23.7%

2020 worst year on record

19 January 2021

Today, ACEA published its registration figures for the full year 2020.

The EU passenger car market contracted by 23.7% to 9.9 million units as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 saw the biggest yearly drop in car demand since records began, with new-car registrations falling by 3 million units compared to 2019. All 27 EU markets recorded double-digit declines throughout 2020.

Among the region’s biggest car markets, Spain posted the sharpest drop (-32.3%), followed closely by Italy (-27.9%) and France (-25.5%), while full-year losses were significant but less pronounced in Germany (-19.1%).

This drop in sales has a huge impact on the entire automotive value chain and in particular on automotive dealers and repairers represented by CECRA.

CECRA’s European Car Dealers Chairman Peter Daeninck said “These figures are to be taken into account during manufacturers’ sales target negotiations with their authorised network”.

ACEA’s full report on new passenger car registrations – December & full year 2020.

CECRA and ACEA jointly ask the European Commission to provide written assurances to Member States in the issue of end-of-series provisions for vehicles in stock

17 November 2020

Due to the interruptions in sales of automotive vehicles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CECRA, ACEA and the automotive industry associations urge the European Commission to intervene regarding the postponement of the application dates of several EU pollutant emission and safety standards, as well as flexibilities on the so-called end of series (EoS) provisions for vehicles in stock that manufacturers and dealers were not able to sell before the entry into force of the Euro 6d-TEMP.

Through the European Commission’s guidance during the first lockdown last summer, many Members States introduced flexibilities at national level taking away a significant pressure on automotive importers and sales outlets to meet the end-of-series provisions set in the type-approval framework Regulation EU 2018/858.

CECRA and ACEA see a need for Member States put in place additional end-of-series flexibilities. These flexibilities are essential as the second lockdown-measures will even worsening the situation. Automotive dealerships in several EU countries have to close their sales departments again and are unable to sell their vehicles. As a result, dealers are cumulating a stock of unsold vehicles that meet the current emission standards but not the new Euro 6d ISC‐FCM standards that will enter into force on 1 January 2021.

Link to the letter

12 November 2020

On the 10th of November, EC Commissioners Schmit and Breton officially launched the Pact for Skills (P4S). One of the four selected European skill partnerships is the automotive ecosystem. CECRA together with ACEA (European Automotive Manufacturer’s Association), CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers), ETRMA (European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association), IndustriALL and CEEMET (both social partners) are, amongst others, member of the Pact. 

The P4S sets up large-scale partnerships in strategic industrial ecosystems as skills are central to recover from the coronavirus crisis as well as for mastering the digital and green transitions. Businesses, large and small, need skilled people to innovate and grow. Only by joining the forces it is possible to make substantial progress in meeting the challenges to overcome mismatches and shortages in skills. The Pact for Skills promotes joint action to maximise the impact of investing in improving existing skills (upskilling) and training in new skills (reskilling). It calls on industry, employers, social partners, chambers of commerce, public authorities, education and training providers and employment agencies to work together and make a clear commitment to invest in training. The ambition in the field of automotive is to upskill 5% of the workforce each year, which would result in around 700,000 people being upskilled throughout the entire ecosystem.

For more information:

You can hear the recording here

Summary of The Pact for Skills –Skills Partnership for the Automotive Ecosystem

EC Press Release

In view of the European Commission’s initiative “Pact for skills”, to be launched on November 10th, CECRA in co-operation with ACEA, CLEPA, ETRMA and many other partners have elaborated a joint proposal for a recovery strategy to deliver and implement a sectorial up & reskilling framework for the automotive value chain

15 October 2020

The automotive ecosystem is facing an unprecedented disruption due to the impact of the covid pandemic as well as the EU goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.  It is of crucial importance that this transformation is done in a socially responsible way.

CECRA was associated in the recent roundtable discussion with European Commissioners Nicolas Schmit (Jobs and Social Rights) and Thierry Breton (Internal Market) on 23 September.

Today, CECRA, together with a broad coalition is now jointly calling on the Commission to set up the Pact as a public-private partnership to help the automotive ecosystem cope with the major structural changes ahead.

4 September 2020

Market registrations show in important decrease.

17 June 2020

Joint position paper on COVID-19 (focused on the aftermarket) signed by CECRA together with 6 other EU associations. The position paper can be found here.

17 June 2020

CECRA, ACEA and CLEPA sent a letter to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states, calling for urgent support for the automotive sector in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The letter can be found here.

8 June 2020

In Austria, the Vienna Cartel Court handed down a very interesting decision on May 12, 2020, at first instance, in a dispute between the Peugeot Büchl dealer and the general importer of Peugeot vehicles in Austria.

Follow us on

  • White Twitter Icon
  • White LinkedIn Icon