LONDON -- New-car registrations in Britain last year grew slightly from 2020 but were still far below pre-pandemic levels, reflecting a shortage of semiconductors as well as the direct impact of the pandemic.
Some 1.65 million new cars were registered in Britain in 2021, just 1 percent more than in 2020 but 29 percent fewer than in 2019, according to figures from the SMMT published on Thursday.
Sales in December were 108,596, 18 percent below those of the same month last year.
Tesla's Model 3 was Britain's second best-selling new car in 2021, with 34,783 units sold. The Vauxall Corsa was the year's topseller. BMW's Mini was No. 3.