Oxford, UK – World car registrations in September 2020 were flat compared with the same month in 2019 at 7.65 m units, according to LMC Automotive.
World car registrations plateau in September
‘[This is] a fairly good result considering the pandemic-induced challenges faced by the industry,' the consultants said. However, they warned that the numbers are patchy around the world.
In the US, sales were 4.4% higher in September than they had been in the same month in 2019, with 1.34 m units, up from 1.28m. With Labor Day at the start of September, retail sales grew for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Meanwhile, in China sales hit 2.5 m units, up 9.3% on the previous month. In the same month in 2019, Chinese dealers sold 2.3m units. The selling rate in China is high at the moment, LMC said. Levels like this were last seen in 2016 and 2017.
At the same time, in Western Europe sales were 1.4m units in the month. This is higher than the amount sold in September 2019 by 1.3%. It remains slower than in previous recent months, as the surge in post-crisis demand dissipates.