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Number Of New Cars Registered In August Falls In UK

September 20, 2019 by Logan Biggs

Motor traders will be disappointed, if not surprised, to read that the number of new cars registered here in the UK in August 2019 has fallen when compared with the same month last year according to statistics published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In August 2019, the number of new cars registered amounted to 92,573 whereas in the same month last year there were 94,094 new cars registered. That is a fall of 1,521 with this equating to a drop of 1.6%.

The sale of new diesel cars fell significantly from 27,884 in August 2018 to 24,484 in August 2019. That is a drop of 12.2%. The market share for new diesel cars fell from 29.6% to 26.4% for the same periods.

The sale of new petrol cars rose slightly from 58,418 in August 2018 to 59,019 in August 2019. That is a small increase of 1.0%. The market share of new petrol cars has risen from 62.1% in August 2018 to 63.8% in August 2019.

Overall, there was a good set of figures for new electric car registrations in August 2019 compared to August 2018.

On a year to date basis to August 2019, the number of new car registrations fell to 1,519,016 from 1,571,986 for the same period last year – a drop of 3.4%.

It will probably come as no surprise to read that the number of new diesel cars registered on a year to date basis to August 2019 fell to 410,012 from 508,047 for the same period to August 2018. The number of new petrol cars registered for the year to date basis to August 2019 increased to 994,941 up from 971,183 for the same period to August 2018 – a rise of 2.4%. The market share for new diesel cars dropped from 32.3% to 27.0% on a year to date basis between August 2018 to August 2019 and the market share for new petrol cars for the same periods rose from 61.8% to 65.5%.

The top selling new car in the UK in August 2019 was the Ford Fiesta at 3,978 with the Volkswagen Golf being in second place as 3,439. This was also the case on a year to date basis to August 2019 with 52,921 Ford Fiestas and 39,220 Volkswagen Golfs being registered.


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