The COVID-19 pandemic forced countries around the world into lockdown, with many nations implementing restrictions on how far you could travel.
Unsurprisingly, these restrictions and widespread economic uncertainty have led to a downturn in the number of new cars sold globally. But just how badly were new car sales affected by COVID-19, and which country was the hardest hit?
Join us as we take a drive through some Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) data to see what surprises 2020 had in store for new car sales across the globe.
Almost every one of the 30 countries that we looked at from the OECD saw car sales (specifically new passenger cars registered for the first time) decline in 2020. Prior to 2020, most of them had been experiencing growth or just minor falls. For three countries, however, the pandemic just exacerbated some already significant declines.
Click through the tabs below to see each country’s data.