Demand for brand new vehicles within the UK was in November was almost 30% under the identical month final yr, because the second nationwide lockdown put a dampener on gross sales.
The Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) mentioned simply 113,781 new registrations have been recorded within the UK, almost 43,000 or 27.4% fewer than throughout November 2019. Commerce has not been this poor for the reason that 2008 recession.
Showrooms throughout England have been pressured to shut for many of November because of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, however click on and gather orders have been processed.
Gross sales of battery electrical and plug-in hybrid vehicles continued to buck the general development, with rises throughout the UK of 122.4% and 76.9% respectively.
Demand for diesel vehicles continues to fall sharply, with gross sales in November down 56% yr on yr.
The SMMT chief govt, Mike Hawes, mentioned: “In contrast with the spring lockdown, producers, sellers and shoppers have been all higher ready to regulate to constrained buying and selling situations.
“However with £1.3bn price of latest automotive income misplaced in November alone, the significance of showroom buying and selling to the UK financial system is clear and we should guarantee they continue to be open in any future Covid restrictions.
“Extra positively, with a vaccine now authorised, the enterprise and client confidence on which this sector relies upon can solely enhance, giving the business extra optimism for the flip of the yr.”
Personal demand fell by 32.2% final month, whereas the variety of new vehicles added to bigger fleets was down 22.1%.
Complete registrations throughout the first 11 months of the yr have been down 30.7% in contrast with the identical interval in 2019.
James Fairclough, the chief govt of AA Automobiles, mentioned: “England’s November lockdown unsurprisingly knocked new automotive gross sales into reverse, with gross sales throughout the UK sliding by 27.4% in contrast with the identical time final yr.
“As England unlocks as soon as once more, the business will likely be eager to reset and rebound in December, with sellers more likely to combat exhausting for gross sales within the run-up to Christmas in an effort to recoup a few of the earnings misplaced throughout 2020.”