The automotive sector is one of the main drivers of the economy. With COVID-19, and the confinement of the Portuguese (and beyond), vehicle production in Portugal almost stopped! In a month, only 1,238 cars were produced in Portuguese factories.
Production is back again, but at a still slow pace.
COVID-19 with huge impact on car production
In April 2020, the automotive sector still reflects the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, producing only 1,238 units, 95.7 percent less than the same period last year. For the first time in Portugal there were no light commercials, says ACAP.
Europe continued to be the leading export market for vehicles manufactured in Portugal – with 97.5 percent – with Germany (19.6%), France (16.7%), Italy (15.7%), Spain (11.2%) and the United Kingdom (9.9%) top the ranking.
Regarding the assembly of motor vehicles in Portugal, in April 2020, 12 heavy vehicles were assembled, representing a decrease of 96.0 percent compared to the same month in 2019. In the first four months of 2020, the assembly of heavy vehicles presented a decrease of 86.8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, representing 181 vehicles assembled in 2020.
For the first time, none of the vehicles assembled in Portugal were exported. Even so, 80.7 percent of vehicles assembled in the four months of the year were exported.
COVID-19 is the name given by the World Health Organization to identify the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. This new coronavirus was first identified in December 2019 in China, in the city of Wuhan. The initial cases of COVID-19 were associated with a market in Wuhan (Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market). The market closed on January 1, 2020, but the disease has progressed, triggering a worldwide epidemic or pandemic.