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Drop In New Car Sales In March

April 7, 2019 by Logan Biggs

Unfortunately, there has been more bad news for the motor trade industry with the announcement that there was a fall in the number of new cars registered here in the UK in March 2019 when compared with the same month last year. This will particularly concern motor traders – both those selling new and used cars.

According to data produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of new cars sold in March of this year amounted to 458,054 whereas in March 2018 there were 474,069 new cars sold her in the UK. That is a drop of 3.4%. The number of new diesel cars sold fell from 153,611 to 120,677 – a large drop of 21.4%. The number of new petrol cars sold rose from 296,945 in March last year to 312,075 in March 2019 – a rise of 5.1%. The number of new AFVs sold rose from 23,513 in March 2018 to 25,302 in March 2019 – a rise of 7.6%.

On a year to date basis to March 2018, the number of new cars sold fell from 718,489 to 701,036 on a year to date basis to March 2019 – a drop of 2.4%. New diesel car sales fell from 240,646 to 191,784 – a fall of 20.3%. New petrol car sales rose from 442,237 to 468,415 – a rise of 5.9%. New AFV car sales rose from 35,606 to 40,837 – a rise of 14.7%. The market share for new diesel cars dropped from 33.5% in March 2018 to 27.4% in March 2019. The market share for new petrol cars rose from 61.6% in March 2018 to 66.8% in March 2019. The market share for AFVs rose from 5.0% in March 2018 to 5.8% in March 2019.

The top 5 selling new cars in March 2019 were: –

  1. Ford Fiesta                              14,676
  2. Vauxhall Corsa                        13,244
  3. Volkswagen Golf                    11,072
  4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class          10,805
  5. Nissan Qashqai                       10,701

The top 5 selling new cars on a year to date basis were: –

  1. Ford Fiesta                              23,474
  2. Vauxhall Corsa                        17,647
  3. Volkswagen Golf                    17,412
  4. Ford Focus                              16,668
  5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class          16,632

Not wanting to repeat ourselves but we will – the number of new cars that are sold here in the UK is important for a number of reasons. For instance, it generates much needed revenue for the country and there are so many areas of the motor trade industry that are reliant on the volume of new cars registered here in the UK. This includes motor traders involved in buying and selling new and second hand cars, garages that are involved in carrying out the servicing of vehicles and car parts businesses to name but a few. Let us hope that we see an improvement in the number of new cars being sold in the coming months.


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