The coronavirus pandemic devastated new car registrations in the UK last month. Only 4,321 new cars were registered in the month of April, according to data from the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Tuesday — the slowest month for sales since the year after the Second World War ended.
The nationwide lockdown meant dealerships were shuttered all month and sales suffered a 97% drop from April last year, when some 160,000 new cars were sold. Demand was already diminished in March, as the pandemic gripped the UK and people faced massive job insecurity.
Of the cars sold in April, most went to companies for fleet cars, and many of those would have been ordered before the lockdown started.
“With the UK’s showrooms closed for the whole of April, the market’s worst performance in living memory is