According to new figures, released today, by the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) September 2020 new car market declined by -4.4%.

Just 328,041 new cars were registered which now represents the lowest September volume recorded since 1999.

Battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles continue to grow with 1 in 10 new car registrations being a battery or plug-in hybrid. 

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) registrations have increased by 184.3% –  compared to September 2019. 

On a brighter note, MG has achieved its biggest ever monthly sales. 

Britain’s fastest-growing car brand recorded 3,668 sales in September 2020.

This was an increase of 169% compared to the same month last year. 

“During a torrid year, the automotive industry has demonstrated incredible resilience, but this is not a recovery. Despite the boost of a new registration plate, new model introductions and attractive offers, this is still the poorest September since the two-plate system was introduced in 1999. Unless the pandemic is controlled and economy-wide consumer and business confidence rebuilt, the short-term future looks very challenging indeed.”

Said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.


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