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Auto Trader : New car registrations | January 2021

Press release

New car registrations | January 2021

4th Feb 2021

Ian Plummer, Commercial Director at Auto Trader, said:

‘As expected the overall new car volumes are quite substantially down on last year, as the industry continued to face challenges that Brexit uncertainty posed as well as the ongoing pandemic. Production levels have been hit hindering supply levels and with showroom closures limiting selling options the industry has had a tough year. That said, as we move into the new year there are encouraging signs that the market will pick up, as some very strong lead indicators are likely to flow through into sales in the weeks ahead. Consumer demand for new cars on the Auto Trader marketplace soared last month, we observed a significant uplift in users viewing new cars on our marketplace which in turn drove record levels of new car leads being sent to retailers. There’s also

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More than half of Brits admit to getting ‘intimate’ in their car

Despite their rather prudish reputation, it seems Brits can be quite adventurous when it comes to getting frisky with their partners, with more than half admitting to getting intimate in their car.

In a survey of 2,000 people, 55 per cent admitted to getting intimate in their car, with men more likely to confess at 61 per cent. Meanwhile, nine per cent said it was none of the surveyor’s business.

A penchant for in-car intimacy varied by region, according to the study by online car marketplace Auto Trader, with 80 per cent of those in Sunderland saying they’ve done the deed in the car, compared with just 37 per cent in Cardiff.

Perhaps worryingly given the context of the questioning, 64 per cent of respondents admitted to ‘being in love with their car’, with 22 per cent saying they loved their motor more than their partner.

With less than a

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Used car sales fall 15% in 2020 in pandemic

The UK used car market declined in 2020, down -14.9% according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A total of 6,752,959 used car transactions took place, 1,182,146 fewer than in 2019.

This made 2020 the lowest performing year since 2012 as lockdown measures to tackle the pandemic hit sales.

With lockdown in place, sales declined -18.3% in November. December saw a sales decline of -4.2%.

Combined Q4 transactions fell by -6.2% to 1,693,138, rounding off a tough year for the sector.

Alternatively, fuelled vehicles (AFVs) bucked the trend, however, with 144,225 of these models sold during the year, an increase of 5.2%, with their market share rising to 2.1%.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) saw their transactions increase by 29.7% to 19,184 units, but still only a fraction of all activity at 0.3%.

The market for hybrids (HEVs) also rose, by 4.7%,

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