New car registrations, which had all but ground to a halt in April and May due to coronavirus lockdowns, began to pick up slowly in June.
Data released on Monday from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that new car registrations in June were almost 35% lower than the same month last year, with 145,377 new cars registered.
“While it’s welcome to see demand rise above the rock-bottom levels we saw during lockdown, this is not a recovery and barely a restart,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes in a statement.
Carmakers in the UK suffered their worst drop in sales since the year after WWII ended in April and May — just 197 cars were produced in April and 5,314 in May.
“Many of June’s registrations could be attributed