The UK car dealership Pendragon plans to cut 1,800 jobs.
Pendragon said 15 of its stores would be closed as a result of a review of its operations, which started before the pandemic, with 400 job losses. A further 1,400 redundancies will be made across its dealers and its head office.
The announcement came after new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which showed 381,357 cars rolled off British production lines from January to June, 42.8% lower than last year.
That’s the lowest number of vehicles since 1954, when second world war rationing ended, as the coronavirus pandemic forced factory closures and prompted at least 11,000 automotive job losses.