According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), August new car registrations fell -22%. A total of 68,033 units were registered in what is normally a quieter month before the September plate change.

Demand for battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars continue to rise.

While August is normally one of the quietest months for UK new car registrations these figures are still disappointing, albeit not wholly surprising. The global shortage of semiconductors has affected UK, and indeed global, car production volumes so new car registrations will inevitably be undermined. Government can help by continuing the supportive Covid measures in place currently, especially the furlough scheme which has proven invaluable to so many businesses. As we enter the important September plate-change month with an ever-increasing range of electrified models and attractive deals, buyers in the market for the new 71 plate can be reassured manufacturers are doing all they can to ensure prompt deliveries.

Said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).


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