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Reduction In New Car Registrations In November

December 19, 2020 by mti

Unfortunately, motor traders saw a drop in the number of new cars sold here in the UK in November 2020 in comparison to the same month last year. The second lockdown has undoubtedly had a negative impact on the number of new cars registered as some showrooms in certain parts of the country will have had to close due to the pandemic.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of new cars sold in November 2020 was 113,781 whereas in November 2019 the figure was 156,621. This is a large fall of 42,840 that equates to a decline of 27.4%.

The number of new cars sold using petrol in the conventional way dropped from 96,166 in November 2019 to 55,855 in November 2020 – a drop of 41.9%. The number of new cars using diesel in the conventional manner fell from 36,329 in November last year to 15,925 in November this year – a drop of 56.2%.

On a year to date basis to November 2020, the number of new cars registered amounted to 1,498,382 that was a big drop when compared to the figure for the same period to November 2019 when 2,162,143 new cars were sold. That is a huge drop of 30.7%.

The number of new cars sold using petrol in the conventional manner fell from 1,389,507 on a year to date basis to November 2019 to 845,467 on a year to date basis to November 2020 – a large fall of 39.2%. The number of new cars sold using diesel in the conventional way dropped from 548,480 on a year to date basis to November 2019 to 245,959 on a year to date basis to November 2020 – a very large fall of 55.2%.

Although a reduction was seen in the market share for conventionally fuelled diesel and petrol cars the market share for electric vehicles increased both when comparing November 2019 with November 2020 and comparing on a year to date basis to November 2019 and November 2020.

The top 5 selling new cars on a year to date basis to November 2020 were:-

  1. Ford Fiesta                              45,807
  2. Vauxhall Corsa                        43,410
  3. Volkswagen Golf                    38,639
  4. Ford Focus                              36,887
  5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class          34,847

On a positive note, the number of new vans in the up to 3.5 tonnes category registered in the UK in November 2020 was 28,541 whereas in November 2019 it was 26,238 – an increase of 8.8%. Having said that, on a year to date basis to November 2020, the number of new vans registered in the same category was 265,374 whereas for the same period to November 2019 it was 338,227 – a significant drop of 21.5%.  

Motor traders and others connected with the motor trade industry will be hoping that the pandemic ends as soon as possible so that the sector can get back to some sort of normality.


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