UK car sales fall to lowest level since 1992

Surge in electric car sales fails to offset slump with sales in 2020 down nearly 30% from year before

The coronavirus pandemic pushed UK car sales in 2020 down to the lowest level since 1992, the biggest annual slump since the second world war despite surging sales of electric cars, according to industry data.

Sales fell by 29% during the year to about 1.63m, preliminary figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed.

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