As the pandemic swept across the globe in early 2020, many businesses and industries closed their doors and have been irreversibly affected. The car industry saw a severe downturn in business but as lockdown eased, in July the UK car industry saw sales increase by more than 10% in comparison to July 2019.
A draft plan for a government backed new car buying scheme has been drawn up to help boost sales and protect jobs but with the figures showing such an upturn in July it is uncertain if the scheme will come into play anytime soon – https://www.am-online.com/news/market-insight/2020/06/08/scrappage-scheme-could-hand-car-buyers-6-000-ev-buying-incentive
174,800 new cars were sold and although this is good news for the industry, total sales for the year are still down by 40%.
So, what cars did consumers head for? Well, petrol powered cars took the main portion of business but both fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles saw a big increase in comparison to pre-lockdown sales. If you are thinking about buying a new car when the new 2020 plate comes out in September, we thought we would share some of the cars that were popular choices last month.
The Mini Hatchback is aimed at the higher end of the market for this class car and so compares with the Audi A1 Sportback rather than the lower budget end such as the Seat Ibiza. The standard package gives you the basic features but paying for one of the additional package options will give you more for your money. It has a great interior and infotainment system which comes as basic. Reviews have stated that the driving can feel heavy but on the other hand it is quick to respond. If you like the style of a Mini then you won’t be disappointed.
If you like the wow factor then the Mercedes A-Class should be on your list. It has an impressive interior that not only knocks the socks off its contemporaries but also gives bigger cars a fair run for their money. The basic entry level gives you a lot of great features so before you go adding extra’s on check what you’ve already got and make sure you cost the additional features with your Mercedes dealer before you buy. The Mercedes A-Class come with a host of safety features even with the basic level such as automatic emergency breaking, lane keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and a driver alertness monitoring system. All in all, it offers a good drive, is packed with high tech features and is a great family car.
Among the UK’s best sellers, it is probably no surprise that the Qashqai was a popular choice in July. One of the first models to launch into the SUV market some 12 years ago, the Qashqai is always in demand and it’s easy to see why. With a variety of engine choices there’s something for all driving needs, plus, its comfortable ride and easy driving are great for both long and short journeys. If you want the additional features you may want to opt for a higher spec model but as the basic car enters the market at a reasonable price, paying for extras is worth the additional expense. Head over to the Nissan website for more details: https://www.nissan.co.uk/vehicles/new-vehicles/qashqai.html