New CO2 rules cloud 2020 European auto sales outlook

“Uncertainty” was the watchword for European sales going into 2019, and that will again be the case in 2020, executives and analysts say.

Last year, caution centered on Brexit, tariffs and the lingering effects of the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP).

None of those factors have completely disappeared, but the big unknown is how buyers will react to a wave of electrified vehicles needed to meet new EU emissions rules.

“I think that 2020 will be a very interesting year, because we will see if the consumers are ready to buy [electric vehicles], if the infrastructure that’s needed is in place, if the different use cases are working,” Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller said. “We will see.”