European car sales see record fall in 2020 amid pandemic – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as European Union car sales slump 23.7% last year

Following Brexit, the UK car market isn’t included in ACEA’s count of EU car sales — but it suffered an even bigger slump last year.

UK car sales slumped by over 29% in 2020 to 1.63m, from 2.3m a year (according to data from the SMMT earlier this month).

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Europe’s car industry has suffered its biggest ever drop in sales, as the Covid-19 pandemic dealt an “unprecedented” to the sector.

Containment measures – including full‐ scale lockdowns and other restrictions throughout the year – had an unprecedented impact on car sales across the European Union.

2020 saw the biggest yearly drop in car demand.

European Car Sales fall 24% in 2020, biggest decline on record..

European new car sales drop by 3.7% y/y in December – ACEA

ACEA said 2020 saw the biggest yearly drop in car demand since records began, with new car registrations falling by 24.3% compared to 2019.

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