LONDON -- UK registrations fell 89 percent in May, only slightly less negative than a 97 percent collapse in April, as car dealerships were hit by the government's coronavirus lockdown, industry data showed.
The number of new cars sold last month at 20,247 was 163,477 fewer than in May 2019, the SMMT industry association said in a news release on Thursday.
The figure was the weakest May for sales since 1952, the SMMT said.
The cars registered in May were sold though "click and collect" services that the government agreed to in the middle of the month.
The Tesla Model 3 was the UK's best-selling car for the second month in May, with 852 units sold, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (790) and Ford Fiesta (760).