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Sales Of New Cars Fall In June

July 12, 2019 by Logan Biggs

It has probably been a disappointing June for many motor traders here in the UK involved in the sale of new cars as, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there has been s drop in the number of new cars registered last month.   

Unfortunately, in June 2019, the number of new cars sold fell by 4.9% when compared with June of last year.

The number of new diesel cars sold in June 2019 amounted to 58,982 whereas in June 2018 the figure was 58,982. That is a large drop of 20.5%.

The number of new petrol cars sold here in the UK in June 2019 amounted to 149,360 whereas in June 2018 the figure was 144,945. That is a slight increase of 3%.

The number of new AFVs (Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles) sold in June 2019 totalled 15,079 whereas in June 2018 the figure was 15,768 so this was a small decline.

The market share for new diesel cars sold in the UK in June 2019 was 26.4% down from 31.6% in June 2018. The market share for new petrol cars in June 2019 was 66.9% up from 61.7% in June 2018. The market share for new AFVs in June 2019 was 6.7% whereas in June 2018 the figure was 6.6% so there has been a small increase.

On a year to date basis to June 2019, the number of new cars sold fell by 3.4% when compared with the same period to June 2018. The number of new diesel cars sold in the year to date to June 2019 fell by 19.4% to 344,877 when compared with the same period in 2018. The number of new petrol cars sold in the year to date to June 2019 rose by 3.5% to 840,436 when compared with the same period in 2018. The number of new AFVs sold in the year to date to June 2019 rose by 13.89% to 83,932 when compared with the same period in 2018.

The top 5 selling new cars in June 2019 were: –

  1. Ford Fiesta                              7,507
  2. Vauxhall Corsa                        5.614
  3. MINI                                       5,535
  4. Volkswagen Golf                    5,473
  5. Ford Focus                              5,450

Overall, the above figures are disappointing. Motor traders will be hoping for a much needed upturn in the number of new cars being sold here in the UK. Of course, it is not only motor traders who suffer as there are so many other sectors within the motor trade industry impacted. For instance, cars need servicing, tyres need replacing and, unfortunately, some motorists are involved in road traffic accidents requiring repairs to the bodywork of their vehicles.


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