France, Macron helps the auto sector by ’emptying’ the aprons – Rules and Institutions

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The detail of the measures launched in France in favor of the automotive world can only ‘sadden’ Italian users and companies. With a real ‘coup de théatre’, staged along the assembly lines of a Valeo plant, President Emmanuel Macron has in fact announced a great incentive plan, which aims to remove dealers from the aprons (a real destockage operation, i.e. liquidation) 200,000 of the 400,000 vehicles left unsold in the ‘block’ period by Covid 19 by December 31st. To give some breath to a sector in a severe crisis, the French government will grant a bonus of 3,000 euros for the purchase of models with a thermal engine – ” it does not matter whether petrol or diesel ” – underlined Macron – and of 5,000 for electric or electrified ones. According to a mechanism already used in the past, private individuals with a reference tax income (different from our ISEE) within 18,000 euros will be able to benefit from this incentive, compared to the previous 13,489. According to Macron – reads on Autoactu – ” this will make it possible to make three quarters of French citizens eligible for the contribution ” using a budget that on the 200 thousand planned purchases could vary between 600 and 800 million euros, depending on the type of car chosen . Purchases of used vehicles will also be admitted, provided they are registered after September 1, 2019. Contributions for electric vehicles have also been confirmed and improved, which will be added to the destockage incentives. By December a VE will be able to take advantage of a bonus of 7,000 euros (1,000 more than the previous situation) for individuals and 5,000 (+2,000) for companies, to which will be added – as was strongly supported by the car manufacturers – a new 2,000 bonus for plug-in hybrid models. These new bonuses will be in effect from 1st June to 31st December and are not limited in number, unlike the 200,000 destockage incentives.

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