Oxford, UK – World car registrations in April 2021 were up 77.6% compared with the same month in 2020 at 7.01m units, according to LMC Automotive.
World car markets continued rebound in April
In the US, sales were 115% higher in April, at 1.54m units. In the same month in 2020, US dealers sold just 0.71m units. LMC automotive described the piece of US light vehicle sales in April as 'extraordinary'. Although starting from a very low base, sales were boosted by economic stimulus packages and the reopening of states.
Meanwhile, in China, LMC said, sales hit 2.1m units, up 8.4% on the same month last year when 1.9m units were sold. The Chinese market was sluggish in April as it was hit by the shortage of computer chips, although the abnormally low sales the year before made the year-on-year numbers look better, they said.
In Western Europe, monthly sales of 1.1m units were 271% higher than in April 2020. Vaccine progress is being made on the continent, and consumer confidence is improving. However, varying degrees of restrictions across the region are acting as a break on demand, LMC Automotive said.
Sales in Brazil and Argentina reached 194,000 units in the month. This compares with 56,000 units in the same month in 2020.
Although coronavirus remains rampant in Brazil, lockdown easing in April in some key regions helped to increase consumer confidence, and to drive sales of light vehicles in the country.