In the US, sales were 43% higher in May, at 1.59 m units. In the same month in 2020, US dealers sold 1.11m units. This number is remarkably strong, LMC Automotive said, warning that the chip shortage is hitting Chinese production, and is holding back both global and country level selling rates.
In China, sales hit 2.0 m units, down 2.7% on the same month last year, when Chinese dealers sold 2.1m units. Chinese brands outperformed the market average, but across the board, OEMs are struggling with the microchip shortage.
In Western Europe, sales were 1.1m units in the month. This is 73% higher than the number sold in May 2020 because of the very low figures in May 2020. 'Several markets were hit by some degree of coronavirus-related restrictions, but even for those with relaxed restrictions, underlying demand remains mostly weak,' LMC Automotive said.
Sales in Brazil and Argentina reached 196,000 units in the month. This compares with 76,000 units in the same month in 2020.