May 24, 2024


Automotive to Us

Rising cost of living may impact car sales

Richard Peberdy, UK Head of Automotive, said:

“It was widely anticipated that the automotive sector would take most of 2022 to sufficiently increase component capacity and put an end to the supply shortages that have limited car production during the pandemic.

But the implications of war in Ukraine and heightened restrictions in China add further complexity and exacerbate this challenge.  

“Whilst supply shortages persist, production volumes will remain lower than pre-pandemic, and car makers will continue to focus on higher margin models, as well as the electric vehicles market. 

Up until now, this has kept forecourt sales relatively healthy, and also driven up prices of used cars.  But the rising cost of living poses significant questions about whether consumers will delay, or even curtail, larger investments, such as on a car.  The coming months will tell.”



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