UK car registration falls 27.4 pct in November amid new lockdown restrictions

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  • Saturday, 05 Dec 2020

LONDON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- New car registration in Britain declined by 27.4 percent in November year-on-year, as showrooms across England had to close due to the new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the British Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said Friday in a report.

In November, the British new car market suffered 1.3 billion pounds (about 1.7 billion U.S. dollars) revenue hit as 42,840 fewer new cars joined British roads, taking trade back to levels last seen during the 2008 recession, said the trade association for Britain's motor industry in the report.

The decline in the month was less severe than that seen during the first lockdown starting late March, when registrations plunged by a record 97.3 percent in April alone yearly, said the ONS.

Notably, electric cars continued to demonstrate a good performance in November, with market share for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) growing significantly by 122.4 percent and 76.9 percent respectively.

The report came as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain passed 60,000 as another 414 were recorded, according to official figures released Thursday.

To bring economy and life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States, are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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