Day: December 6, 2021

Demand for new cars up 1.7% but industry warns over ‘weakness’

Demand for new cars grew by 1.7% last month compared with lockdown-hit November 2020 but the automotive industry issued a warning about the market’s “weakness”.



Demand for new cars grew by 1.7% last month compared with lockdown-hit November 2020, figures show (Peter Byrne/PA)


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Demand for new cars grew by 1.7% last month compared with lockdown-hit November 2020, figures show (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 115,706 new cars were registered in the UK last month.

Although that halts four consecutive months of year-on-year decline, the total was 31.3% down on the pre-pandemic five-year November average.

Battery electric vehicles represented nearly a fifth of the new car market last month.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “What looks like a positive performance belies the underlying weakness of the market.

“Demand is there, with a slew of new, increasingly electrified, models launched but the global shortage of semiconductors continues to bedevil production and therefore new car registrations.

“The industry is working flat

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