New car sales are recovering but more slowly than expected by car makers.
The global shortage of micro-chips is affecting outputs from plants, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
June’s UK registrations of 186,128 new cars is 16.4% below the last decade’s average for the month and the second quarter’s total is still 9,000 units short of their expectations due to the chip shortage.
Half year sales were a steeper 26.8% below those from 2010 to 2019.
Within the details there is good news as plug-in hybrids have doubled their share over 12 months ago when the UK dealerships reopened after the first lockdown.
As if to reinforce their increasing dominance, the Tesla Model 3 topped the chart as pure battery cars took one-in-ten registrations and diesel just 8.1%.
June UK top ten:
Tesla Model 3
BMW 3 Series
Wales top ten :
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said the industry was now battling with the “long covid” effect on supply chains and the micro-chip shortage.
In Wales, 6,130 new cars were registered in June, a 27.66% improvement over June 2020.