As with a lot of businesses, motor traders involved with the sale of new cars and vans in the UK have had a difficult period of trading for more than 12 months due to the pandemic. However, figures recently published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for the year to date to 30th June 2021 reveal that numbers have increased in comparison to the same period in 2020 albeit the impact of COVID–19 needs to be borne in mind when looking at the figures.
On a year to date basis to the 30th June 2020, the number of new cars registered here in the UK amounted to 653,502 whereas, on a year to date basis to the 30th June 2021, the volume of new cars sold totalled 909,973 – a difference of 256,471 (+39.2%).
Conventional new petrol fuelled cars saw a rise in registrations in the first six months of 2021 in comparison to the same period last year – up from 392,608 to 442,583 (+ 12.7%). However, fewer conventional new diesel fuelled cars were registered in the first six months of this year when compared with the same period last year – 93,087 compared to 118,957 (-21.7%). The registration of all types of new electric cars showed a positive increase when comparing the same periods this year and last year.
Having broken the figures down to the private, fleet and business sectors, all revealed a positive increase in new car registrations when comparing both periods.
The top 3 selling new cars in the UK on a year to date basis to 30th June 2021 were: –
- Vauxhall Corsa 24,399
- Ford Fiesta 21,511
- Volkswagen Golf 19,608
Again, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), has recently published figures for the registration of new vans here in the UK. For the year to date to the 30th June 2021, the number of new vans sold in the up to 3.5t category totalled 191,513 whereas for the same period to the 30th June 2020 the figure was 108, 876 (+75.9%). One of the reasons why such an increase was seen was due to delivery businesses taking on more new vans to cope with an increase in online sales.
The top 3 selling new vans in the UK on a year to date basis to 30th June 2021 were: –
- Ford Transit Custom 26,978
- Ford Transit 17,644
- Volkswagen Transporter 12,586
It will be interesting to monitor the registration of new cars and vans here in the UK over the next few months as we hopefully see restrictions in relation to the coronavirus being eased/lifted.
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