New car registrations tumbled by 14.3 per cent during the crucial month of March, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
During the month, 243,479 new cars were registered, making it the weakest March since 1998, which was due to the introduction of the two-plate system, which is still used today. The SMMT described the figures as ‘massively disappointing for the sector’, with this drop coming as a result of the ongoing shortage of semiconductors, which are used widely in modern cars.
Despite the figures, the SMMT says that many manufacturers reported ‘robust order books’ during the first few months of 2022, while electric cars continued to soar in popularity. With 39,315 EVs registered in March, that’s the most of any month to date, and a sharp 78.7 per increase on 2021’s figures.