New car registrations for August 2020 were down -5.8%. A total of 87,226 new cars were registered –  according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Sales of zero emission cars rose by 110% but this only accounts for less than 1 in 10 registrations.

“The decline is disappointing, following some brief optimism in July. However, given August is typically one the new car market’s quietest months, it’s important not to draw too many conclusions from these figures alone. With the all-important plate change month just around the corner, September is likely to provide a better barometer. As the nation takes steps to return to normality, protecting consumer confidence will be critical to driving a recovery.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive

New car registrations year to date remain down by -39.7%.

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