Pandemic cuts 10 million cars from global sales forecast

By BLOOMBERG | 26 March 2020


LONDON: Automakers are poised for a precipitous drop in worldwide sales this year, according to a prominent forecaster that’s slashing its projections for virtually all regions.

Deliveries probably will plunge more than 12% from last year to 78.8 million, according to IHS Markit.

The estimate released Wednesday is down 10 million units from the researcher’s expectations in January.

“The global auto industry is expected to witness an unprecedented and almost instant stalling of demand in 2020,” Colin Couchman, an IHS analyst, wrote in an e-mailed statement.

“Risks are heavily skewed to downside, especially how low the market could go and for assessing recovery prospects.”

IHS cut its previous estimates by 2.4 million cars and light trucks for the US, 2.3 million for China and 1.9 million for Europe.

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