New passenger car registrations decreased in April, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).
The decrease of 20.6 percent versus April last year was similar to the decrease seen in March.
The association blamed the negative figures to supply chain issues disrupting production.
The war in Ukraine and the lockdown in China have amplified the problem of supply chains that started during the pandemic.
The automotive industry has been suffering for months from a shortage of many raw materials.
The most notable issue has been the shortage of semiconductors.
The war in the Ukraine caused shortages of metals and other components.
At the same time, the lockdowns in China continue to impact the supply of semiconductors.
The reduction in production of cars has reduced demand of many polymers, adding to the downside pressure from rising inflation.