Oxford, UK – The gradual return to normal from severe coronavirus lockdowns in West European saw car registrations rebound in June 2020. They were down by 24.8% compared to the June 2019. In May 2020 registrations were down by 57.3% on the same basis, according to data from LMC Automotive.
In June 2020, a total of 1.02m cars were registered in the same month in 2019,1.36m units were registered.
Looking at the largest markets; in Germany sales were down 32.30% in June. Registrations were 220,272 units. Sales so far are down 34.50% in 2020.
In the UK sales were down 48.50% year on year. Sales hit a total of 145, 400 cars in the month.
In France , the year on year number of registrations fell by 38.60% with a total of 716,000 units sold there in the year so far. However, comparing June 2020 with 2019, there is a 1.2% increase in registrations. This is partly due to government incentives.
Spanish sales were down by 37% in the month at 82,700 units.
Meanwhile, in Italy sales were down by 23% reaching a total of 132,500 units in June. A total of 583,000 vehicles have been sold there in the year to date.
The consultants suggest that sales in Western Europe could be down 25% in 2020 compared with 2019 at around 10.62m units. This compares with 14.29m units in 2019. LMC Automotive said that it expects sales in the second half of the year to continue upwards 'in a clear but uneven recovery.'