The last few years have been difficult for the local new car industry but nothing prepared us for the economic tsunami visited by the global pandemic. Sales fell off a cliff during lockdown, as much as 96% down on the equivalent time in 2019 which itself wasn’t all that great.
However, as we were going to press with Drive 202 New Car Buyer’s Guide 2020, the government had launched its stimulus package aimed at sustaining the economy through the worst of any recession that might be coming our way.
The sense that the industry has been here before in the past ten years and knows how to get through an economic crash with resilience and innovation will be tested in the next year or two but there endures a belief that the world is in this together so we will bounce back together.
The good news for the consumer is that stock has piled up and manufacturers are willing to do deals and offer incentives. If you’re thinking of changing to a late model second-hand, give your new car dealer a chance to challenge that price. You might be surprised at the prices on offer and your ability to get into new car ownership.
In Drive 202 New Car Buyer’s Guide we highlight the best of the new and updated models on offer.
As ever, we’ve done our best to ensure that prices are correct at time of press but check with your local dealer for any updated pricing or special offers.
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