New car registrations in the UK dropped by 4.4% in September, compared to the same month last year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hurt demand.
According to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, last month’s 328,041 new registrations marked the weakest September in 20 years, and a nearly 16% drop on the 10-year average of 390,000 for the month.
September is traditionally one of the two best months in the year for sales, as it is when licence plates change.
“During a torrid year, the automotive industry has demonstrated incredible resilience, but this is not a recovery,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes in a statement. “Despite the boost