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May Sees Increase In New Car Sales

June 6, 2021 by mti

In May last year the UK was in the throes of the pandemic with many retail outlets closed. As a result, the number of new cars bought in that month was very low so it is not surprising to read that May 2021 has seen a significant increase in the number of new cars being registered.

According to figures produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in May 2020 the number of new cars sold amounted to 20,247 whereas in May 2021 the figure was 156,737. That is an increase of 136,490 with that equating to a huge rise of 674.1%.

The number of new petrol car sales totalled 11,150 in May 2020 but that rose to 75,787 in May this year – a rise of 579.7%.  The number of new diesel car sales totalled 3,448 in May 2020 but that rose to 15,474 in May of this year – a rise of 348.8%. The sale of various types of new electric cars also increased when comparing May 2020 with May 2021.

On a year to date basis to May 2020, the number of new cars sold in the UK amounted to 508,125 whereas for the same period to May 2021 the figure was 723,845. That is an increase of 215,720 with this equating to a larger increase of 42.5%.

In May 2020, 12,899 new cars were bought for the private sector whereas in May 2021 the figure was 73,865 – a rise of 472.6%. In May 2020, 6,648 new cars were bought for the fleet market compared to 79,435 in May 2021 – a huge rise of 1,094.9%. In May 2020, 700 new cars were bought for the business sector compared to 3,437 in May 2021 – a rise of 391.0%.

The top 5 selling new cars in May 2021 were: –

  1. Volkswagen Golf                               4,181
  2. Vauxhall Corsa                                   3,643
  3. Volkswagen Polo                               3,518
  4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class                     3,313
  5. Ford Puma                                         3,158

It is to be hoped that future months sees a continued improvement in the number of new cars being sold here in the UK. The figures have a bearing on other sectors of the motor trade industry. For instance, as more new cars are sold, it should lead to an increase in the number of used cars being sold. Also, more cars should need servicing that, in turn, should lead to more parts needing to be replaced. We will continue to keep our readers up dated with interesting statistics relating to the motor trade industry.


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