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Sales of new cars in the UK fell in September

Sales of new cars in the UK fell in September

LONDON, Oct 4 (TASR) – New car sales in the UK in September 2021 fell to a 20-year low this month. This is hampering production due to the shortage of global chips for cars. This is according to data released by the British Association of Car Manufacturers and Dealers (SMMT) on Tuesday.

According to the SMMT, the number of new cars registered in the United Kingdom fell 34.5% to 215,312 vehicles in September, compared to the same month last year when Britain faced restrictions to stem the Covit-19 epidemic.

The September end of this year is the worst since 1998. This month is the second busiest year in the UK car market. However, the persistent shortage of semiconductor chips has adversely affected vehicle availability.

Sales of electric cars are still on the rise. In September, sales of battery-powered vehicles increased by 49.4% to 32,721 units. This is the same number of 37,850 electric cars sold throughout 2019.

The number of registered plugins (PHEVs) increased by 11.5% in September to 13,883 units and their market share reached 6.4%. However, sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) were down 5.1% to 24,961 units, with their total market share falling to 8% in September from 11.6% last year.

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