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A HAPPIER NEW YEAR FOR ALL

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HIGHLIGHTS

The new year is off to a stronger start than even the pre-’Rona January 2020, with total sales up 11.1 per cent compared to the ‘before times’. While there’s a chance some of this is due to built-up demand post-lockdowns, the FCAI of course hopes to see this trend continue through 2021. Cars that had been delayed through the last 10 to 12 months are also still arriving, meaning there’s more opportunit­y for market growth.

LOWLIGHTS

January saw a drop in sales compared to December, though this occurs fairly consistent­ly each year and is symptomati­c of a slow return to business post-holiday. Those who consider SUVs and dual-cabs a scourge on the roads will also lament the ratio these segments occupy compared to passenger cars in January’s sales: passenger cars made 23.3 per cent of sales, SUVs 52.1, and LCVs, mostly dual-cabs, 21.9.

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