Europe 2020 auto sales post record fall as virus hits

AFP | Published at 11:05pm on January 19, 2021

New car sales in Europe last year suffered a record fall of nearly 24 per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association said on Tuesday.

‘The EU passenger car market contracted by 23.7 per cent to 9.9 million vehicles as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic,’ the ACEA said in a statement.

‘Containment measures — including full scale lockdowns and other restrictions throughout the year — had an unprecedented impact on car sales across the European Union,’ it said.

‘2020 saw the biggest yearly drop in car demand since records began (in 1990)... all 27 EU markets recorded double-digit declines,’ it added.