New car sales plunge almost 50 per cent as COVID-19 crashes demand

5/05/2020 12:01:00 PM

New car sales have plunged a record 48.5 per cent in April as COVID-19 rattled consumer confidence and social movement restrictions kept people indoors

New car sales have plunged a record 48.5 per cent in April as COVID-19 rattled consumer confidence and social movement restrictions kept people indoors

Car dealers are calling for government incentives and the abolishment of vehicle taxes after new car sales in April screeched to numbers not witnessed since 1994.

said it had temporarily stood down about 250 staff and cut executive pay by 20 per cent.Australian Automotive Dealer Association chief executive James Voortman said it was the lowest national monthly new car sales figure since 1994."The extent of this plunge in sales is pretty unprecedented in modern times, and it's going to have significant repercussions for many dealers," he said.

Mr Voortman said sales weakened due to COVID-19 movement restrictions, as some consumers delayed decisions to buy because of economic anxiety and as some found it difficult to get finance.Mr Voortman called for a review of taxes on vehicles which increased the cost of cars and discouraged buyers and a program that encouraged consumers to buy a new car and dispose of old ones.

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Australian Automotive Dealer Association chief executive James Voortman said it was the lowest national monthly new car sales figure since 1994. "The extent of this plunge in sales is pretty unprecedented in modern times, and it's going to have significant repercussions for many dealers," he said. Premier Daniel Andrews thanked the 13,000 Victorians who came forward for testing on Sunday. Mr Voortman said sales weakened due to COVID-19 movement restrictions, as some consumers delayed decisions to buy because of economic anxiety and as some found it difficult to get finance." The camera will take the heat temperature of outgoing passengers at the security checkpoint. Mr Voortman called for a review of taxes on vehicles which increased the cost of cars and discouraged buyers and a program that encouraged consumers to buy a new car and dispose of old ones. Favourite. The extent of this plunge in sales is pretty unprecedented in modern times, and it's going to have significant repercussions, James Voortman, chief executive of the Australian Automotive Dealer Association "Australia hasn't seen such a program (to encourage buyers), and we think it's one that will both stimulate the industry but also remarkably improve the safety and the emissions profile of our fleet," he said. Uber has been publicly urging people to heed health warnings and stay home, restricting outdoor trips to essential travel only.

At the Nunawading Toyota dealership in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, many customers in April wore face masks and gloves, according to general manager Brett Davies. If the temperature remains about 37. Mr Davies said he wasn't surprised by the 48.5 per cent decline in new car sales. At Nunawading Toyota sales volumes were down about 45 per cent in April, compared to the same month last year. While the testing process is voluntary, medical experts have endorsed what they say is a "responsible' and "prudent" measure. "We had incremental improvement throughout the month and it finished off a lot better than we thought it would," he said.

"Mainly private buyers were down, so fleet [buyers] were still reasonably busy," he said. Sign up to our Coronavirus Update newsletter Get our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the day's crucial developments at a glance, the numbers you need to know and what our readers are saying. "Certainly in terms of international travel, there's probably going to be restrictions for a number of years to come," Mr Thomson said. Sign up to The Sydney Morning Herald's .