The UK’s franchised car retailers have been praised for their ability to adapt and meet the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic after the SMMT reported a 29.4% decline in new car registrations during 2020.
Jato Dynamics said there are signs that “big issues need to be addressed” to ensure that Europe’s automotive sector delivers a COVID-19 recovery following an 18% decline in August new car registrations.
Vertu Motors chief executive Robert Forrester has said that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) June registrations data “didn’t tell the right story”, insisting that the reality was far more positive.
"This is not a recovery and barely a restart," warned SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes today as its data showed 145, 377 new cars were registered in June, the first month out of lockdown for car showrooms in England and Northern Ireland.
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