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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
2021
2020
2021 2020 % change
Oct 132,249 169,646 -22.04%
Sep 245,133 380,050 -35.50%
Aug 88,120 106,627 -17.36%
Jul 146,014 202,578 -27.92%
Jun 219,107 175,402 +24.92%
May 185,281 27,794 +566.62%
Apr 171,310 7,707 +2,122.78%
Mar 339,278 284,905 +19.08%
Feb 68,406 93,696 -26.99%
Jan 114,043 172,826 -34.01%

Top five brands

Jan
2021
Feb
2021
Mar
2021
Apr
2021
May
2021
Jun
2021
Jul
2021
Aug
2021
Sep
2021
Oct
2021
Volkswagen UK 7,569 4,952 23,698 13,323 16,413 19,454 12,454 6,989 16,434 9,052
Ford Motor Company 8,706 5,129 22,237 12,959 11,433 14,234 8,567 5,205 10,786 6,829
Audi 6,583 3,715 19,105 11,154 12,839 14,446 10,184 5,756 12,325 6,841
BMW 7,002 3,939 21,003 8,757 10,396 14,227 7,863 4,427 15,747 7,778
Toyota (GB) 4,514 2,358 16,911 7,892 8,420 12,061 9,160 4,872 16,940 5,122

Bottom five brands

Jan
2021
Feb
2021
Mar
2021
Apr
2021
May
2021
Jun
2021
Jul
2021
Aug
2021
Sep
2021
Oct
2021
Morgan 6 8 26 23 26 27 19 8 13 20
Lotus 24 7 23 22 32 25 25 19 13 16
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 22 6 59 30 22 20 26 13 50 26
McLaren 37 19 61 40 30 39 19 12 19 24
Lamborghini 51 8 62 40 71 20 42 14 35 51

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
2021 1,416,442 -13.14%
2020 1,630,806 -29.43%
2019 2,310,969 -2.37%
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

Oct Total Private Fleet Business
2021 105,487 58,215 45,487 1,785
2020 140,939 60,419 77,246 3,274
% change -25.15% -3.65% -41.11% -45.48%
Mkt share 2021 55.19% 43.12% 1.69%
Mkt share 2020 42.87% 54.81% 2.32%
Year-to-date Total Private Fleet Business
2021 1,416,442 681,586 707,491 27,365
2020 1,384,521 656,076 699,745 28,700
% change +2.31% +3.89% +1.11% -4.65%
Mkt share 2021 48.12% 49.95% 1.93%
Mkt share 2020 47.39% 50.54% 2.07%

Manufacturer new car sales figures

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

Marque Oct
2021
% Market
share
Oct
2020
% Market
share
% change YTD
2021
% Market
share
YTD
2020
% Market
share
% change
Abarth 114 0.11% 227 0.22% -49.78% 2,135 0.15% 2,078 0.15% +2.74%
Alfa Romeo 146 0.14% 142 0.13% +2.82% 1,300 0.09% 1,675 0.12% -22.39%
Aston Martin 86 0.08% 80 0.08% +7.50% 908 0.06% 722 0.05% +25.76%
Audi 6,841 6.49% 11,453 10.86% -40.27% 102,948 7.29% 91,888 6.68% +12.04%
Bentley Motors 92 0.09% 114 0.11% -19.30% 1,064 0.08% 1,124 0.08% -5.34%
BMW 7,778 7.37% 10,827 10.26% -28.16% 101,139 7.17% 95,438 6.93% +5.97%
Citroen UK 2,290 2.17% 2,330 2.21% -1.72% 26,552 1.88% 24,437 1.78% +8.65%
Dacia 1,318 1.25% 1,252 1.19% +5.27% 14,585 1.03% 17,686 1.28% -17.53%
DS 100 0.09% 195 0.18% -48.72% 1,826 0.13% 1,963 0.14% -6.98%
Ferrari 75 0.07% 65 0.06% +15.38% 924 0.07% 860 0.06% +7.44%
Fiat 1,318 1.25% 1,616 1.53% -18.44% 17,377 1.23% 17,361 1.26% +0.09%
Ford Motor Company 6,829 6.47% 12,946 12.27% -47.25% 106,085 7.52% 130,729 9.50% -18.85%
Honda 1,629 1.54% 2,107 2.00% -22.69% 24,177 1.71% 24,565 1.78% -1.58%
Hyundai Motor UK 5,447 5.16% 4,051 3.84% +34.46% 58,378 4.14% 41,898 3.04% +39.33%
Jaguar 605 0.57% 1,801 1.71% -66.41% 16,195 1.15% 20,163 1.46% -19.68%
Jeep 274 0.26% 458 0.43% -40.17% 4,113 0.29% 3,806 0.28% +8.07%
Kia Motors (UK) 7,436 7.05% 6,090 5.77% +22.10% 81,532 5.78% 63,245 4.59% +28.91%
Lamborghini 51 0.05% 30 0.03% +70.00% 394 0.03% 256 0.02% +53.91%
Land Rover 1,610 1.53% 4,755 4.51% -66.14% 47,685 3.38% 49,595 3.60% -3.85%
Lexus 672 0.64% 956 0.91% -29.71% 12,696 0.90% 12,297 0.89% +3.24%
Lotus 16 0.02% 31 0.03% -48.39% 206 0.01% 140 0.01% +47.14%
Maserati GB 81 0.08% 46 0.04% +76.09% 619 0.04% 482 0.04% +28.42%
Mazda Motors UK 1,322 1.25% 1,548 1.47% -14.60% 23,225 1.65% 20,344 1.48% +14.16%
McLaren 24 0.02% 19 0.02% +26.32% 300 0.02% 301 0.02% -0.33%
Mercedes-Benz UK 6,856 6.50% 10,888 10.32% -37.03% 85,108 6.03% 95,581 6.94% -10.96%
MG 2,339 2.22% 1,892 1.79% +23.63% 25,290 1.79% 16,128 1.17% +56.81%
Mini UK 4,289 4.07% 4,210 3.99% +1.88% 35,141 2.49% 38,036 2.76% -7.61%
Morgan 20 0.02% 16 0.02% +25.00% 176 0.01% 159 0.01% +10.69%
Nissan Motor (GB) 4,887 4.63% 5,305 5.03% -7.88% 57,152 4.05% 59,210 4.30% -3.48%
Other UK 19 0.02% 420 0.40% -95.48% 22,242 1.58% 17,490 1.27% +27.17%
Peugeot Motor Company 5,106 4.84% 5,311 5.03% -3.86% 51,369 3.64% 47,186 3.43% +8.86%
Polestar 658 0.62% 207 0.20% +217.87% 3,083 0.22% 459 0.03% +571.68%
Porsche Cars Great Britain 1,650 1.56% 1,235 1.17% +33.60% 9,686 0.69% 9,888 0.72% -2.04%
Renault (UK) 2,123 2.01% 3,093 2.93% -31.36% 25,101 1.78% 38,219 2.78% -34.32%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 26 0.02% 22 0.02% +18.18% 274 0.02% 265 0.02% +3.40%
Seat UK 2,487 2.36% 3,544 3.36% -29.83% 40,099 2.84% 38,542 2.80% +4.04%
Skoda Auto 2,290 2.17% 5,693 5.40% -59.78% 48,805 3.46% 49,430 3.59% -1.26%
Smart 148 0.14% 159 0.15% -6.92% 1,242 0.09% 1,189 0.09% +4.46%
SsangYong 152 0.14% 87 0.08% +74.71% 1,276 0.09% 1,375 0.10% -7.20%
Subaru 130 0.12% 99 0.09% +31.31% 1,766 0.13% 771 0.06% +129.05%
Suzuki GB 1,274 1.21% 1,246 1.18% +2.25% 19,189 1.36% 17,755 1.29% +8.08%
Toyota (GB) 5,122 4.86% 7,944 7.53% -35.52% 88,250 6.25% 81,011 5.89% +8.94%
Vauxhall Motors 6,099 5.78% 8,293 7.86% -26.46% 78,340 5.55% 80,329 5.84% -2.48%
Volkswagen UK 9,052 8.58% 11,939 11.32% -24.18% 130,338 9.24% 122,607 8.91% +6.31%
Volvo Car UK 4,606 4.37% 5,665 5.37% -18.69% 41,027 2.91% 37,849 2.75% +8.40%
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.