The latest figures from the SMMT show a 11% increase in new car registration for March 2021 compared with March 2020. Year-to-date new car registrations in the UK are down -12% against the same period last year.

The past year has been the toughest in modern history and the automotive sector has, like many others, been hit hard. However, with showrooms opening in less than a week, there is optimism that consumer confidence – and hence the market – will return. We know we will see record breaking growth next month given April 2020 was a washout, but a strong and sustainable market is possible if customers are attracted to the choice and competitive offer the industry is able to provide within the safest of showroom environments. New plug-in models are already helping drive a recovery but to convince more retail consumers to make the switch, they must be assured these new technologies will be convenient for their driving needs and that means, above all, that the charging infrastructure is there where they need it, and when they need it.

Said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

All figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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