Global light vehicle market continues recovery
The global light vehicle market continued its post-corona recovery in June, market analysts report. Global light vehicle sales fell by 19.1 per cent in June, year-on-year, to 6.2 million for a seasonally adjusted annualised running rate (SAAR) of 73.1 million in the month, according to GlobalData.
Calum MacRae, Automotive Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “While these results are some way behind industry norms, they do demonstrate that the global market has recovered from its April low when a SAAR of 48.2 million was registered.”
The data shows all major regions marked June with sales recovering from their earlier low points. The best-performing region was the Asia-Pacific, with sales falling 11.7 per cent year-on-year, pushed along by a 40.7 per cent hike in South Korea and China’s markets returning near to year-ago levels.
Europe’s sales declined by 20.2 per cent (compared with May at -54 per cent and April with -75.6 per cent) supported by the easing of lockdowns and the introduction of industry support in France and other West European countries.
MacRae continued: “After a strong recovery in May, North America’s performance in June saw sales falling 26.5 per cent to a level just over 6 per cent, which is better than May’s results.
“Consumer confidence remains extremely weak and more downside risk has been introduced to the forecast – particularly in the US, as the key markets of Texas, Florida and California are now the epicentre of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. As for the rest of the year, GlobalData’s world light vehicle market forecast remains at 73 million, a 17 per cent fall on 2019’s market.