"Bulgaria Autos Report Q4 2015" Published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri Sep 04 2015

We forecast that the slowdown in vehicle sales growth seen in 2014 will intensify in 2015, and forecast growth of just 1.1% to 20,583 units. Owing to our Country Risk team's bearish macroeconomic outlook for Bulgaria, we also hold bearish views on light commercial vehicle and heavy truck sales forecasts for 2015.

Part of the longer term problem for the new vehicle market in Bulgaria is the practice of hanging on to older vehicles, a practice which we believe will intensify due to lower oil prices. According to a report published in June 2014, data from the Bulgarian traffic police show that 39% of all registered vehicles are more than 20 years old. We believe this trend will continue as fuel costs fall alongside falling oil prices. Falling fuel prices will make replacing older, less fuel-efficient vehicles with more fuel efficient new vehicles a much less attractive option than simply keeping older vehicles. Owing to our Country Risk team's worsening macroeconomic outlook for Bulgaria, we are revising down our light commercial vehicle (LCV) forecast for 2015. We now forecast sales to drop 0.5% over 2015, down from a forecasted 5% gain, previously. As tightening credit conditions and weak consumer confidence weigh on spending, our country risk forecast real GDP growth to grow by a disappointing 0.8%. All this considered, we highlight that the heavy truck segment looks set to perform marginally better than LCVs. Owing to the strong correlation between heavy truck demand and construction activity, we believe heavy truck sales will expand 3.0% in 2015 alongside 1.7% real growth in the construction sector.

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