UK new car sales hit 68-year low | Industry - Car News Jun 2020

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14:06 Thursday 11 Jun 2020

The UK’s new car market suffered its worst May sales figures in 68 years as the COVID-19 crisis continued to wreak havoc.

Just 20,247 cars were registered last month, the lowest total for May since 1952 and a drop of -89% compared to the same month last year.

Almost two thirds of those sales were made by private customers taking advantage of ‘click and collect’ services, as fleet buyers remained affected by business closures.  All sectors of the market, apart from battery electric vehicles, suffered sharp declines in sales.

The first five months of the year has seen the market collapse by more than half, but with car showrooms in England re-opening this week industry representatives are hoping the recovery starts quickly.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said, “This week’s re-opening of dealerships is a pivotal moment for the entire industry and the thousands of people whose jobs depend on it. Restarting this market is a crucial first step in driving the recovery of Britain’s critical car manufacturers and supply chain, and to supporting the wider economy”.


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