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New car sales figures

Beginning with a comparison of new car registration figures for the last full month versus the same month last year, we provide a comprehensive view of the health of the UK market.

Also, AM here presents latest information on the year-to-date situation as well as looking at individual brands, including the best and worst performers to-date and an Aston Martin-to-Volvo run down of brand performance for the last month and year-to-date using data supplied by the SMMT.

Total SMMT data by month, with current year compared to last year
Source: SMMT
2019
2018
2019 2018 % change
May 212,839 220,271 -3.37%
Apr 185,646 191,401 -3.01%
Mar 524,120 533,814 -1.82%
Feb 96,338 94,933 +1.48%
Jan 183,223 184,074 -0.46%

Top five brands

Jan
2019
Feb
2019
Mar
2019
Apr
2019
May
2019
Ford Motor Company 16,629 10,390 40,755 18,074 19,892
Volkswagen UK 13,224 7,960 38,335 15,161 15,737
Vauxhall Motors 12,250 4,905 37,769 10,639 13,461
Mercedes-Benz UK 12,249 6,088 33,536 11,739 14,431
BMW 9,553 6,870 30,330 10,868 12,415

Bottom five brands

Jan
2019
Feb
2019
Mar
2019
Apr
2019
May
2019
Chevrolet UK 0 2 1 1 12
Lotus 7 0 26 21 25
Morgan 17 6 21 17 26
Infiniti 32 16 45 37 33
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 34 5 79 24 33

New car sales figures: year to date

The graph below shows the progression of new car sales year-on-year from 2012 to the last full month of the current year. Below the graph is a total annual registrations and the percentage change from year-to-year.

This is followed by a breakdown from the SMMT of registrations by sales type, retail, business and fleet for the last month and year-to-date.

SMMT data by year up to current year
Source: SMMT

Total annual registrations: 2001 to current year

Total annual registrations % change
2019 1,045,759 -55.82%
2018 2,367,144 -6.83%
2017 2,540,617 -5.65%
2016 2,692,786 +2.25%
2015 2,633,503 +6.34%
2014 2,476,435 +9.35%
2013 2,264,737 +10.77%
2012 2,044,609 +5.32%
2011 1,941,253 -4.41%
2010 2,030,846 +1.80%
2009 1,994,999 -6.42%
2008 2,131,795 -11.32%
2007 2,404,007 +2.52%
2006 2,344,864 -3.89%
2005 2,439,717 -4.97%
2004 2,567,269 -0.46%
2003 2,579,050 +0.60%
2002 2,563,619 +4.26%
2001 2,458,769 N/A

Private, fleet and business new car sales figures

May Total Private Fleet Business
2019 183,710 79,417 100,448 3,845
2018 192,649 83,648 103,588 5,413
% change -4.64% -5.06% -3.03% -28.97%
Mkt share 2019 43.23% 54.68% 2.09%
Mkt share 2018 43.42% 53.77% 2.81%
Year-to-date Total Private Fleet Business
2019 1,045,759 477,862 544,560 23,337
2018 1,079,049 492,365 547,924 38,760
% change -3.09% -2.95% -0.61% -39.79%
Mkt share 2019 45.70% 52.07% 2.23%
Mkt share 2018 45.63% 50.78% 3.59%

Manufacturer new car sales figures

UK new car registration figures by brand by month and year-to-date

Marque May
2019
% Market
share
May
2018
% Market
share
% change YTD
2019
% Market
share
YTD
2018
% Market
share
% change
Abarth 185 0.10% 612 0.33% -69.77% 1,629 0.16% 2,497 0.23% -34.76%
Alfa Romeo 270 0.15% 355 0.19% -23.94% 1,533 0.15% 2,117 0.20% -27.59%
Aston Martin 121 0.07% 128 0.07% -5.47% 735 0.07% 571 0.05% +28.72%
Audi 12,591 6.85% 13,687 7.45% -8.01% 66,921 6.40% 74,737 6.93% -10.46%
Bentley Motors 157 0.09% 87 0.05% +80.46% 718 0.07% 604 0.06% +18.87%
BMW 12,415 6.76% 12,940 7.04% -4.06% 70,036 6.70% 69,411 6.43% +0.90%
Chevrolet UK 12 0.01% 6 0.00% +100.00% 16 0.00% 26 0.00% -38.46%
Citroen UK 4,643 2.53% 4,408 2.40% +5.33% 25,407 2.43% 23,103 2.14% +9.97%
Dacia 2,647 1.44% 2,516 1.37% +5.21% 15,633 1.49% 11,617 1.08% +34.57%
DS 299 0.16% 547 0.30% -45.34% 1,480 0.14% 3,184 0.30% -53.52%
Ferrari 87 0.05% 77 0.04% +12.99% 481 0.05% 432 0.04% +11.34%
Fiat 2,497 1.36% 2,623 1.43% -4.80% 15,345 1.47% 16,333 1.51% -6.05%
Ford Motor Company 19,892 10.83% 21,136 11.51% -5.89% 105,740 10.11% 123,207 11.42% -14.18%
Honda 2,828 1.54% 3,825 2.08% -26.07% 21,225 2.03% 25,051 2.32% -15.27%
Hyundai Motor UK 6,868 3.74% 7,387 4.02% -7.03% 38,113 3.64% 42,378 3.93% -10.06%
Infiniti 33 0.02% 69 0.04% -52.17% 163 0.02% 454 0.04% -64.10%
Jaguar 2,909 1.58% 3,069 1.67% -5.21% 16,810 1.61% 15,192 1.41% +10.65%
Jeep 737 0.40% 652 0.35% +13.04% 2,655 0.25% 2,857 0.26% -7.07%
Kia Motors (UK) 7,279 3.96% 6,721 3.66% +8.30% 44,705 4.27% 42,344 3.92% +5.58%
Lamborghini 40 0.02% 49 0.03% -18.37% 202 0.02% 246 0.02% -17.89%
Land Rover 6,069 3.30% 6,566 3.57% -7.57% 35,597 3.40% 35,408 3.28% +0.53%
Lexus 943 0.51% 851 0.46% +10.81% 6,233 0.60% 5,602 0.52% +11.26%
Lotus 25 0.01% 20 0.01% +25.00% 79 0.01% 112 0.01% -29.46%
Maserati GB 80 0.04% 83 0.05% -3.61% 450 0.04% 622 0.06% -27.65%
Mazda Motors UK 2,621 1.43% 2,408 1.31% +8.85% 17,712 1.69% 18,253 1.69% -2.96%
McLaren 49 0.03% 85 0.05% -42.35% 253 0.02% 353 0.03% -28.33%
Mercedes-Benz UK 14,431 7.86% 13,387 7.29% +7.80% 78,043 7.46% 76,414 7.08% +2.13%
MG 1,212 0.66% 811 0.44% +49.45% 5,208 0.50% 3,415 0.32% +52.50%
Mini UK 3,952 2.15% 5,094 2.77% -22.42% 24,588 2.35% 25,949 2.40% -5.24%
Mitsubishi Motors 1,722 0.94% 1,400 0.76% +23.00% 8,301 0.79% 8,586 0.80% -3.32%
Morgan 26 0.01% 26 0.01% 0.00% 87 0.01% 96 0.01% -9.38%
Nissan Motor (GB) 7,754 4.22% 8,699 4.74% -10.86% 43,496 4.16% 50,941 4.72% -14.61%
Other UK 194 0.11% 250 0.14% -22.40% 978 0.09% 1,191 0.11% -17.88%
Peugeot Motor Company 6,115 3.33% 6,335 3.45% -3.47% 37,031 3.54% 37,203 3.45% -0.46%
Porsche Cars Great Britain 1,599 0.87% 1,991 1.08% -19.69% 5,731 0.55% 7,711 0.71% -25.68%
Renault (UK) 3,728 2.03% 4,964 2.70% -24.90% 26,019 2.49% 29,030 2.69% -10.37%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 33 0.02% 61 0.03% -45.90% 175 0.02% 212 0.02% -17.45%
Seat UK 5,471 2.98% 5,674 3.09% -3.58% 30,988 2.96% 29,379 2.72% +5.48%
Skoda Auto 6,231 3.39% 6,337 3.45% -1.67% 33,903 3.24% 34,164 3.17% -0.76%
Smart 504 0.27% 636 0.35% -20.75% 2,620 0.25% 3,198 0.30% -18.07%
SsangYong 142 0.08% 250 0.14% -43.20% 967 0.09% 1,266 0.12% -23.62%
Subaru 138 0.08% 231 0.13% -40.26% 1,119 0.11% 1,362 0.13% -17.84%
Suzuki GB 3,171 1.73% 3,117 1.70% +1.73% 17,178 1.64% 16,561 1.53% +3.73%
Toyota (GB) 7,238 3.94% 6,774 3.69% +6.85% 45,286 4.33% 46,702 4.33% -3.03%
Vauxhall Motors 13,461 7.33% 13,983 7.61% -3.73% 79,024 7.56% 79,732 7.39% -0.89%
Volkswagen UK 15,737 8.57% 18,097 9.85% -13.04% 90,417 8.65% 90,162 8.36% +0.28%
Volvo Car UK 4,554 2.48% 3,621 1.97% +25.77% 24,729 2.36% 19,060 1.77% +29.74%
Citroen's monthly registration included DS May 2015. As the Citroen result for April 2015 is for both brands.
please combine the Citroen and DS registrations for April 2015 when comparing year-to-year.