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Extra Drop in Light Vehicle Sales Due to China's Lockdowns

On Wednesday, 2022’s sales forecast of light vehicle in the world decreased further amidst disruption in production as a result of lockdown in China and the Ukraine war.

The J.D. Power and LMC Automotive consultants’ most recent forecast for 2022 is sales of 80 million units, which is lower than the previous one of 81.7 million units.

Supply chain has faced disruptions due to Covid-19’s strict restrictions in China, badly damaging auto manufacturing.

Earlier in May, the Irish automotive technology supplier, Aptiv Plc, predicted a strike in its current quarter revenue following the lockdowns. According to the consultants, retail and non-retail sales of new vehicles in the United States are forecast to plunge to 1.2 million units, which indicates an 18% drop from a year ago.

Meanwhile, it is additionally expected that its retail sales will decrease 20.9%.

The prediction for the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) for total sales of new vehicles in the U.S. will reduce 13.6 million units in the current month, which is down from 3.3 million units a year earlier.

According to Jeff Schuster, President of Americas Operation and Global Vehicle Forecasting, while economic recovery is still slow and consumers are experiencing the pressure of high prices, inadequate demand might be the problem when supply draws level as of 2023.

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By Ali on May 25, 2022

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