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2018 Sees Fall In UK New Car Market

Ford Fiesta Unfortunately, 2018 has not been a particularly good year for some motor traders involved in the sale of new cars as, according to information published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there has been quite a fall in the number of new cars registered when compared with the previous year.

In 2018, there were 2,367,147 new cars sold here in the UK whilst in 2017 there were 2,540,617. That is a fall of 173,470 with this representing a drop of 6.8%. Obviously these figures are concerning but let us break them down a little further.

Volkswagen GolfFor instance, what really does stand out is the huge drop in the number of motorists who still chose a new car fuelled by diesel. In 2017, there were 1,065,942 yet in 2018 this had fallen by 315,777 to 750,165. That is a drop of 29.6%. New petrol cars saw an improvement with 1,475,712 new petrol cars sold in 2018 compared to 1,357,782 in 2017 – an increase of 8.7%. New AFVs saw an impressive performance in 2018 with 141,270 being sold whereas in 2017 the figure was 116,893 – that is a rise of 20.9% and it will be interesting to see if we see their popularity continue to grow in 2019. We are certainly seeing an increasing number of AFV charging points in various locations around the UK.

Vauxhall CorsaThe figures for the market share of new diesel, petrol and AFVs are also interesting with the market share for diesel cars dropping from 42% in 2017 to 31.7% in 2018, the market share for petrol cars increasing from 53.4% in 2017 to 62.3% in 2018 and the market share for AFVs increasing from 4.6% in 2017 to 6% in 2018.

So, what were the top 5 best selling new cars in 2018?

  1. Ford Fiesta 95,892
  2. Volkswagen Golf 64,829
  3. Vauxhall Corsa 52,915
  4. Nissan Qashqai 50,546
  5. Ford Focus 50,492

It is pleasing to see Ford featuring in the top 5 with two of their models and Vauxhall with one.Ford Focus

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New Car Sales Drop

Unfortunately the sale of new cars here in the UK has not been going well for quite a few months now. If you are involved in the buying and selling of new vehicles you would have been hoping that things would have picked up in March 2018 as it is one of two months in the year when cars are issued with n amended registration number – last month it was the “18” plate.

Regrettably, March was not a good month for new car registrations according to statistics produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) here in the UK.  Only 474,069 new cars were registered last month with this figure being way below the number of new cars registered in March 2017 when 562,337 were registered – a fall of over 15%. We are sure you will agree that is a significant reduction and one that will no doubt concern the motor trade.

There has been a dramatic drop in the number of people buying new diesel cars that is apparent from the figures produced by the SMMT. In March 2018 only 153,594 new cars sold were fuelled by diesel whereas in March 2017 the figure was 244,593 – that is a fall of over 37%.  The sale of new Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) has continued to go up from 22,818 in March 2017 to 24,126 in March 2018 – a rise of 5.7%.

Private new car sales fell from 272,719 in March 2017 to 228,623 in March 2018 – a large drop of 16.5%. Fleet new car sales dropped from 261,941 in March 2017 to 222,595 in March 2018 – a fall of 15%. Business new car sales fell from 26, 677 in March 2017 to 22,851 in March 2018 – a reduction of 14.3%.

The top 3 selling cars in March 2018 were: –

  1. Ford Fiesta 19,272
  2. Volkswagen Golf 13,966
  3. Nissan Qashqai 12,018

There are many thousands of people employed in the motor trade industry so let us hope that the sale of new cars here in the UK picks up in the coming months. If it does, this may avoid some people loosing their jobs in the motor trade.