Oxford, UK – Car registrations in western Europe in the year up to July 2020 were down 35% on the same period in 2019, according to data from LMC Automotive. However, registrations in the month were only 2.2% below the level in July 2019.
LMC said: 'With consumer confidence still low, government incentive schemes will be a key factor in shaping the recovery of a number of markets across the region in 2020.' France and Germany have made progress here, the group notes.
However, it added, with the coronavirus still in circulation, the serious downside risk of further coronavirus outbreaks remain. Localised containment could further slow recovery.
Looking at the region overall, in July a total of 1.16 m units were sold, compared with 1.19 in July last year.
Germanysales were down 5.40% in July. Registrations were 314,938 units. In the UK monthly sales were up 11% at 174,900 units.
In France, the year-on-year number of registrations grew by 3.9%, with a total of 894,000 units sold there. Spanish sales were up by 1% in the month at 118,000 units.
Meanwhile, in Italy sales were down by 11%, with a total of 136,500 units sold in July. In all, 720,000 vehicles have been sold there in the year to date.