Plus lazyboy Hyundai EV in this essential news roundup!
Here’s round up of news from the world of cars, including the new Mercedes C-Class, a lazyboy Hyundai EV, a hard core track-day hypercar from Gordon Murray and how to save tons of money on your car whilst we’re still in lockdown.
Can you buy a car in lockdown? Should you? Should you wait? Will prices go up?
In the first lockdown I correctly predicted that there would be a car sales boom, particularly for used cars, post-lockdown, due to pent-up demand, but more crucially in light of research and data that indicated more people wanted to have their own cars and avoid using public transport due to fears over COVID 19.
Whilst most areas of the economy are suffering, the used car market is buoyant
The second quarter sales of used cars in the UK is down 48.9% – almost half compared to last year with only 1m cars sold – this is according to SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). Having said that the overall decline for the year is 28.7% – that’s 2.9m sold compared to about 4m by this time last year.
Post-pandemic, post-lockdown, used car sales and values are surging and car ownership increasing. What kind of cars do we want now? Smaller to beat congestion, cheaper as we’re all broke, and cars with style and character, because we’re not quite dead yet! Bring back small coupes – like we had in the 1980s. Bring back the Toyota MR2, maybe even the Sera, and the Fiat X1/9, oh and the Suzuki Cappucino, and the both the Honda CRX and Beat – what else? Tell me in the comments below!
In this video I catch up with PR professional, good friend and supporter Tom Conway-Gordon. Having worked both in the UK and Dubai, I got to know Tom from the Chevrolet Camaro launch a decade ago. He worked on the huge General Motors Middle East account and also on the very important Daimler Mercedes-Benz account for the region.
Kevin Haggarthy is a pioneer of motoring journalism in the UK: the first black motoring journalist, a motor industry consultant, race and high performance driving instructor, serial classic-car owner and a presenter of the Pulling Power car show on TV in the early 2000s.
Coronavirus killed car sales, but could there be a bounce-back?
New car sales in the UK crashed a staggering 97.3 in the month of April as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown. Only 4321 cars were sold, compared to 156,743 in April 2019. The only time fewer cars were sold in a single month was during World War II.