Motorists are taking their time to re-evaluate what vehicle they require

KPMG comment on SMMT car registration figures

KPMG comment on SMMT car registration figures

Commenting on today’s SMMT car registrations figures Richard Peberdy, automotive lead at KPMG UK, said:

“As the economy begins to gradually move towards normality, motorists are taking their time to re-evaluate what vehicle they require to meet their changing commuting habits.

“Despite some caution, there are signs that sales are ripe for recovery in the longer term. The average age of vehicles on our roads is at a record high, suggesting many drivers will be looking to switch soon, and inventory shortages in the used-vehicle market should push motorists towards new models.

“The picture is particularly encouraging for future plug-in sales, with an increasing supply of attractive electric and hybrid options for consumers to choose from. And we’re likely to see a further boost to the strong momentum behind electric and hybrid vehicle sales in comparison to diesel, a trend that the SMMT data continues to track.

“While continuing supply chain challenges squeeze carmakers’ earnings, dealers will benefit as low stock creates an opportunity for them to build more margin.”



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