20,247 new cars were registered in the UK last month. This is -89% down and is no surprise since new car showrooms were mostly closed. “Click and collect” services were introduced halfway through May allowing some movement in the new car market.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said
“After a second month of shutdown and the inevitable yet devastating impact on the market, 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. Customers keen to trade up into the latest, cutting-edge new cars are now able to return to showrooms and early reports suggest there is good business given the circumstances, although it is far too early to tell how demand will pan out over the coming weeks and months. 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. Ensuring people have the confidence to invest in the latest vehicles will not only help them get on the move safely, but these new models will also help address some of the environmental challenges the UK faces in the long term.”
Figures by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
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