Extended Lockdown Scenario Forecasts 18% Drop in Global Vehicle Sales

Extended Lockdown Scenario Forecasts 18% Drop in Global Vehicle Sales

Market watcher IHS Markit predicts 2020 sales of 73.3 million units; with the U.S. hit particularly hard—a 26% vehicle sales decline year-on-year to 12.6 million units.

IHS Markit is projecting an 18% drop in global new vehicle sales year-on-year under an extended COVID-19 lockdown scenario to 73.3 million units. Regionally, that breaks out to a 26% U.S. vehicle sales decline year-on-year to 12.6 million units; a 17% Europe vehicle sales decline to 17.1 million units; and a 14% China vehicle sales decline to 21.8 million units.

The U.S. has seen a 30% decline in national registration volume in March 2020 over February 2020. Half of the U.S. is now seeing a month-on-month new vehicle registration decline of 25% or greater from February into March. As April unfolds, there will likely be a further decline as more states move to tighter consumer and business restrictions, IHS Markit suggested.

IHS Markit said that the 40% chance of an extended lockdown forecast reflects immediate impacts of new containment measures that have been announced globally and expanded within countries already confronting the virus. A stronger economic response in 2021–2023, however, will push global growth above 3% annually.

The 15% probability of an extended lockdown with ineffective stimulus scenario contains stringent virus-fighting efforts lasting into the third quarter of 2020. Stimulus measures prove ineffective at backstopping the crisis and unemployment rates spiral. Recovery begins later and at a much slower rate than anticipated. Global vehicle sales in this scenario would collapse by more than 20% to 71.2 million units.

In a worst-case scenario, global vehicle sales would collapse by more than 20% to 71.2 million units. Image courtesy of IHS Markit.
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