Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) Turkey has shared a report on the automotive market in January-March period of 2021. Accordingly, sales grew by 59.7 percent in the first quarter and rose to 198 thousand 660 units.
Looking at the first quarter of the year in terms of automobiles, an increase of 57 percent was observed in sales. 156 thousand 464 cars were sold in the period in question. In the same period, light commercial vehicle sales increased by 70.3 percent and rose to 42,196 units.
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Volkswagen at the top in car sales in March 2021
According to the data announced by ODD, the automobile and light commercial vehicle market 92.8 percent in March 2021, auto market 91.4 percent and light commercial vehicle market 98.3 percent increased by the rate. According to this, Total market in March 96 thousand 428 units in the third month of the year 76 thousand 357 cars sold. Light commercial vehicle sales 20 thousand 71 pieces realized at the level.
In the statement made by ODD, the automobile and light commercial vehicle market 10-year average sales in March It was stated that it increased by 42.8 percent. The automobile market also showed an increase of 49.6 percent compared to the 10-year March average sales, while the light commercial vehicle market increased 21.8 percent compared to the 10-year March average sales.
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Thus, the total market size recorded for March 2021 reached its highest level in the last 10 years. According to the information provided, the increase in individual vehicle ownership and the campaigns of the brands during the pandemic period were effective in breaking the record for the last 10 years in March.
Call for a new system in SCT
Noting that they expect a change in the Special Consumption Tax (SCT) system applied to automobiles, ODD Board Chairman Ali Bilaloğlu said, “We consider it appropriate to give SCT increases by giving a little time, not from night to morning. At least, if we are informed one month in advance, we will arrange our stocks accordingly. On the other hand, SCT should be handled not only as a tax base, but as a brand new system to cover new generation automobiles.