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Sale Of New Cars Drop In August

September 7, 2021 by mti

August tends to be a quiet month for motor traders involved in the sale of new cars as customers tend to hold back until the new registration plate vehicles come out. In August 2021, the number of new cars registered here in the UK amounted to 68,033 with this being a fall of 22.0% when compared with the same month in 2020 when 87,226 new cars were sold according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

However, on a year to date basis to August 2021, the number of new cars registered increased to 1,101,302 compared to 915,615 for the same period last year – a rise of 20.3%.

Apparently, the sale of new electric cars showed a positive result when comparing the above two periods so this is no doubt good news for those involved in the sale of such vehicles.

The top 5 selling news cars in August 2021 were: –

  1. Ford Puma                              1,801
  2. Volkswagen Polo                    1,761
  3. Toyota Yaris                            1,480
  4. Kia Sportage                           1,355
  5. BMW 3 Series                                    1,277

The top 5 selling new cars on a year to date basis to August 2021 were: –

  1. Vauxhall Corsa                        27,381
  2. Ford Fiesta                              24,578
  3. Volkswagen Golf                    22,997
  4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class          22,731
  5. Ford Puma                              22,654

Whilst writing, the number of new engines built in the UK in July 2021 amounted to 127,922 compared to 176,377 in July 2020 – a fall of 27.5%. On a year to date basis to July 2021, the number of new engines manufactured amounted to 1,058,792 compared to 991,334 for the same period to July 2020 – an increase of 6.8%.

The number of new vans registered in the UK in August 2021 amounted to 20,582 compared to 19,407 for August 2020 – an increase of 6.1%. On a year to date basis to August 2021 there were 235,701 new vans sold compared to 155, 984 for the same period in 2020 – a rise of 51.1%.

We will continue to keep our readers updated with relevant statistics pertaining to the motor trade industry.


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