The car manufacturing sector in Great Britain is growing again, but the same does not market local automotive. The situation linked to the sale of new cars in the British country remains largely negative: 140,958 registrations registered in the month of June alone, 24.3% less than those of June last year. What is worrying is not so much the decrease compared to 2021, but the level at which sales have settled: a June with these numbers the British car market she hadn’t seen him since 1996that is 26 years ago.
The SMMT, which took care of issuing the sales numbers, blames the continuing shortage of essential components such as semiconductors and the restrictions related to Covid in China that have caused a series of disruptions to the supply and supply chains. responsibility of the collapse recorded in June. The decrease in the sixth month of the year affected more or less all power supplies, with plug-in hybrids suffering the heaviest backlash with just 7,714 deliveries, down 36.5%. Petrol cars have not fared much better, which remain by far the most popular with 62,005 registrations and a market share of 44% but which have lost 24,406 registrations compared to June last year. The only segment to record growth was that of electric carswhose sales increased by 14.6% to 22,737 units.
“The shortage of semiconductors is suffocating the new car market even more than last year’s lockdown – commented Mike Hawes, the CEO of SMMT – The demand for electric vehicles continues to be the only positive note given the highest market share ever achieved, but the growth of this segment is still not sufficient to compensate for the low overall volumes, which have huge implications for the renewal of the fleet and for the possibility of achieving the general objectives of reducing CO2 emissions ″.
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