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Electric vehicles – the race for transformation

26 February 2021

In 2020, hybrid electric vehicles made up 11.9% of total passenger car sales across the EU (5.7% in 2019). Electrically-chargeable vehicles accounted for 10.5% of all new car registrations, compared to a 3.0% in 2019. While the European market was cut by approx. 24% of its passenger car sales due to the COVID pandemic, sales of hybrid and electric vehicles exceeded diesel sales in Europe for the first time with more than 900.000 vehicles sold. Germany, Italy and France have seen their sales of electric vehicle explode. According to Xerfi, a consulting firm, this is just the beginning. In France, for example, sales of electric and plug-in hybrids are expected to increase by 30% per year on average to represent 25% of the total market in 2025.  


Car manufacturers race to transform their business to meet CO2 emission targets set by governments across the world. The UK government already announced to ban sales of new cars and vans powered by petrol and diesel from 2030. The Norwegian government, determined to take the lead, will interdict the sales by 2025. Car manufacturer Ford is planning all its cars sold in Europe to be electric by 2030. They would invest $1bn converting a vehicle assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, to become its first electric vehicle facility in Europe. The first all-electric cars would start rolling off the production line in 2023.


ACEA’s Director General, Eric-Mark Huitema says in yesterday’s press release that the CO2 targets can only be reached if a dedicated network of charging points right across the EU is deployed. The upcoming revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID) must be used by the European Commission to force member states to deploy one million public charging points across the EU by 2024, and to triple that number to three million by 2029. Likewise, some one thousand public hydrogen stations should be made available for cars and vans before 2030.


CECRA has always spoken out like the European Commission during the high level working groups (Cars 21, Cars 2020 and Gear 2030) in favour of technological neutrality. It is necessary to move forward towards zero CO2 emissions by 2050 but with the necessary transition that this represents and by being open to all technologies, whether electric or hydrogen engines.

CECRA also represents all repairers who have a major role to play in keeping millions of cars on European roads in good condition, as it contributes to better road safety as well as to the environment. For this reason, CECRA is part of several alliances with other European associations. It has recently jointed the ‘European Clean Hydrogen Alliance’.

CECRA welcomes two new members


3 February 2021

CECRA welcomes the Portuguese national trade association, ARAN as an active member and FinMobility as a goodwill member.

ARAN’s new President, Rodrigo Ferreira da Silva, said “our board agreed to apply for a membership within CECRA and as President I welcome this decision as it is very significant, with an ever more challenging future for our sector, only together we grow stronger”.

CEO, Head of Brussels Office of FinMobility, Pasi Moisio said “we are willing and committed to join and strengthen the cooperation between CECRA and FinMobility. FinMobility has several pillars of mobility advocacy (passenger and freight transport, logistics, taxi sector, automotive, infrastructure, driving schools). I am sure that CECRA will also benefit from this teamwork”.

ARAN’s mission is to promote, defend and support the interests of the activities within the automotive sector. It fosters the spirit of solidarity and mutual support among its members, as well as their development. ARAN develops skills and promote activities that boost the interests and the professional development of its members.

FinMobility is a leading voice in the EU for the Finnish employers’ and business organisations in the mobility sector. FinMobility represents 13.500 companies employing 100.000 people. FinMobility cooperates widely and transparently with the EU-institutions, Brussels-based representatives of transport and mobility sectors, business organisations and authorities of the EU member states. We also participate in the activities of our members’ umbrella organisations in the EU

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

IIn 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.

26 May 2020

IndustriAll Europe, Ceemet, ACEA, CLEPA, CECRA and ETRMA, the European business organisations and the trade unions for the sector call on the European Commission for a industrial recovery plan.

5 May 2020

Europe's four auto sector associations publish 25-point action plan for successful restart

26 March 2020

European vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, tyre manufacturers, dealers and repairers wrote a joint letter to the European Commission on the COVID-19 crisis

12 March 2020

Odometer manipulation is widespread across the EU and has tremendous consequences for the consumer. CECRA is strongly committed in fighting against such harmful practice.

11 March 2020

It is time for all the stakeholder to build together the intelligent mobility of tomorrow in terms of data access, security and energy. This is essential for Europe and the future of the sector.

04 March 2020

CECRA has been contacted by the contractor chosen by the European Commission as the sole representative of European dealers and repairers to help in the renewal process of the Automotive Block Exemption 461/2010.

24 January 2020

After the Brussels Motor Show, CECRA underlines that the Green Deal will only work if policy makers and the entire automotive sector work hand in hand

27 November 2019

On 26/11/19, a meeting between CECRA's ECD Division and a DG COMP delegation took place in Brussels. The aim of the meeting was to explain the renewal process of the General Block Exemption Regulation 330/2010 and Automotive Block Exemption 461/2010 that respectively expire in May 2022 and May 2023.  Both DG COMP and CECRA are working in close collaboration in order to ensure that the automotive sector is taken into account in the new legislative framework regarding competition and the consumer welfare.

22 November 2019

On 19/11/19, a meeting of CECRAs IR division took place in London. Many points concerning the future of Independent Repairers where discussed.