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New Car Registrations Increase In 6 Months To June 2021

July 5, 2021 by mti

Those of you running a motor trade business will hopefully have seen an increase in the number of new cars being sold in the last few weeks in the UK. Hopefully, there will also have been a rise in the number of used cars sold.

Recent figures produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that there has been a jump in the number of new cars registered here in the UK for the 6 months ending 30 June 2021 when compared with the same period last year.

In the 6 months to 30th June 2021, there were 909,973 new cars sold in the UK whereas in the 6 months to 30th June 2020 the figure was 653,502. That is a difference of 256,471 that equates to a fall of 39.2% – a significant drop. The pandemic has no doubt made a difference.

There was a fall of 21.7% in the number of new cars that are fuelled solely by diesel that were sold when comparing the above same periods. All other types of fuelled new cars saw a rise in numbers when comparing both periods.

The private, fleet and business markets all saw an increase in the number of new cars registered when comparing the above two periods.

In June 2021 there were 186,128 new cars sold compared to 145,377 sold in June 2020 – a difference of 28.0%.

The top 5 selling new cars sold in the 6 months to June 2021 were: –

  1. Vauxhall Corsa                                    24,399
  2. Ford Fiesta                                          21,511
  3. Volkswagen Golf                                19,608
  4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class                      19,498
  5. Ford Puma                                          18,232

Those motor traders involved in the sale of new vans will be interested to read that the number of new vans registered in the UK in the 6 months to 30th June 2021 in the up to 3.5 tonnes category amounted to 191,513 compared to 108,875 for the same period last year. That is a rise of 82,637 with that equating to an increase of 75.9%.

The top 5 selling new vans for the 6 months to June 2021 were: –

  1. Ford Transit Custom                           26,978
  2. Ford Transit                                        17,644
  3. Volkswagen Transporter                     12,586
  4. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter                      11,655
  5. Vauxhall Vivaro                                   10,116

Motor traders and others working in the motor trade industry will be hoping that we continue to see positive figures being published for the sale of new cars and vans in the UK in the coming months.


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