Coronavirus: Lookers and Aston Martin cut 2,000 car jobs

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Lookers has implemented safety measures including deep cleaning vehicles as it reopened its showrooms

Car dealership Lookers has announced it will cut up to 1,500 jobs with the closure of more showrooms in the UK.

The company reopened its showrooms on Monday after the government lifted coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Luxury carmaker Aston Martin also announced 500 redundancies, a week after naming a new chief executive.

It comes as the SMMT trade body said only 20,000 new cars were registered in May – down 89% year-on-year – in the worst May performance since 1952.

Car manufacturers, suppliers and showrooms have been closed for weeks, with consumers in lockdown and holding off big-ticket purchases.

Altrincham-based Lookers will shut another 12 sites – either by closure, merging with other showrooms or refranchising – on top of the 15 dealerships being closed already under plans announced in November.

The closures, blamed on what Lookers called “the structural changes taking place across the industry”, will leave it with 136 dealerships across the UK

Lookers, which employs 8,000 people, resumed trading from all its sites on 1 June with social distancing measures in place.

Chief executive Mark Raban, said: “We have taken the decision to restructure the size of the…

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