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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
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
Volkswagen UK 7,569 4,952 23,698 13,323 16,413
Ford Motor Company 8,706 5,129 22,237 12,959 11,433
Audi 6,583 3,715 19,105 11,154 12,839
BMW 7,002 3,939 21,003 8,757 10,396
Mercedes-Benz UK 6,600 3,787 21,313 8,668 9,515

Bottom five brands

Jan
2021
Feb
2021
Mar
2021
Apr
2021
May
2021
Morgan 6 8 26 23 26
Lotus 24 7 23 22 32
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 22 6 59 30 22
McLaren 37 19 61 40 30
Lamborghini 51 8 62 40 71

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 721,672 -55.75%
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

May Total Private Fleet Business
2021 156,074 73,709 78,928 3,437
2020 20,253 12,897 6,647 709
% change +670.62% +471.52% +1,087.42% +384.77%
Mkt share 2021 47.23% 50.57% 2.20%
Mkt share 2020 63.68% 32.82% 3.50%
Year-to-date Total Private Fleet Business
2021 721,672 321,444 386,715 13,513
2020 508,093 241,730 256,016 10,347
% change +42.04% +32.98% +51.05% +30.60%
Mkt share 2021 44.54% 53.59% 1.87%
Mkt share 2020 47.58% 50.39% 2.04%

Manufacturer new car sales figures

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

Marque May
2021
% Market
share
May
2020
% Market
share
% change YTD
2021
% Market
share
YTD
2020
% Market
share
% change
Abarth 234 0.15% 56 0.04% +317.86% 934 0.13% 702 0.14% +33.05%
Alfa Romeo 139 0.09% 45 0.03% +208.89% 554 0.08% 706 0.14% -21.53%
Aston Martin 111 0.07% 23 0.01% +382.61% 478 0.07% 320 0.06% +49.38%
Audi 12,839 8.23% 1,501 0.96% +755.36% 53,396 7.40% 32,306 6.36% +65.28%
Bentley Motors 103 0.07% 34 0.02% +202.94% 527 0.07% 429 0.08% +22.84%
BMW 10,396 6.66% 1,472 0.94% +606.25% 51,097 7.08% 35,945 7.07% +42.15%
Citroen UK 2,400 1.54% 342 0.22% +601.75% 13,646 1.89% 9,550 1.88% +42.89%
Dacia 1,414 0.91% 269 0.17% +425.65% 5,826 0.81% 5,340 1.05% +9.10%
DS 207 0.13% 47 0.03% +340.43% 669 0.09% 765 0.15% -12.55%
Ferrari 90 0.06% 48 0.03% +87.50% 477 0.07% 375 0.07% +27.20%
Fiat 2,105 1.35% 276 0.18% +662.68% 6,589 0.91% 6,510 1.28% +1.21%
Ford Motor Company 11,433 7.33% 2,111 1.35% +441.59% 60,464 8.38% 46,252 9.10% +30.73%
Honda 2,662 1.71% 195 0.12% +1,265.13% 9,413 1.30% 9,822 1.93% -4.16%
Hyundai Motor UK 6,228 3.99% 241 0.15% +2,484.23% 23,608 3.27% 14,058 2.77% +67.93%
Jaguar 2,364 1.51% 476 0.30% +396.64% 9,485 1.31% 8,839 1.74% +7.31%
Jeep 537 0.34% 82 0.05% +554.88% 1,653 0.23% 1,095 0.22% +50.96%
Kia Motors (UK) 8,207 5.26% 1,018 0.65% +706.19% 36,101 5.00% 23,469 4.62% +53.82%
Lamborghini 71 0.05% 0 0.00% +100.00% 232 0.03% 138 0.03% +68.12%
Land Rover 5,494 3.52% 779 0.50% +605.26% 32,419 4.49% 20,933 4.12% +54.87%
Lexus 1,266 0.81% 136 0.09% +830.88% 5,634 0.78% 4,612 0.91% +22.16%
Lotus 32 0.02% 9 0.01% +255.56% 108 0.01% 43 0.01% +151.16%
Maserati GB 58 0.04% 10 0.01% +480.00% 268 0.04% 189 0.04% +41.80%
Mazda Motors UK 2,611 1.67% 105 0.07% +2,386.67% 10,156 1.41% 7,282 1.43% +39.47%
McLaren 30 0.02% 10 0.01% +200.00% 187 0.03% 172 0.03% +8.72%
Mercedes-Benz UK 9,515 6.10% 2,002 1.28% +375.27% 49,883 6.91% 36,114 7.11% +38.13%
MG 2,453 1.57% 177 0.11% +1,285.88% 10,760 1.49% 5,687 1.12% +89.20%
Mini UK 3,563 2.28% 319 0.20% +1,016.93% 17,473 2.42% 13,355 2.63% +30.83%
Mitsubishi Motors 1,001 0.64% 69 0.04% +1,350.72% 3,545 0.49% 3,937 0.77% -9.96%
Morgan 26 0.02% 2 0.00% +1,200.00% 89 0.01% 65 0.01% +36.92%
Nissan Motor (GB) 4,639 2.97% 556 0.36% +734.35% 30,761 4.26% 24,225 4.77% +26.98%
Other UK 1,865 1.19% 991 0.63% +88.19% 9,357 1.30% 7,500 1.48% +24.76%
Peugeot Motor Company 6,058 3.88% 1,040 0.67% +482.50% 28,519 3.95% 16,282 3.20% +75.16%
Polestar 239 0.15% 0 0.00% +100.00% 1,479 0.20% 0 0.00% +100.00%
Porsche Cars Great Britain 921 0.59% 235 0.15% +291.91% 5,064 0.70% 3,017 0.59% +67.85%
Renault (UK) 2,345 1.50% 597 0.38% +292.80% 12,772 1.77% 10,549 2.08% +21.07%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 22 0.01% 5 0.00% +340.00% 139 0.02% 101 0.02% +37.62%
Seat UK 4,808 3.08% 343 0.22% +1,301.75% 20,412 2.83% 16,177 3.18% +26.18%
Skoda Auto 6,093 3.90% 342 0.22% +1,681.58% 26,169 3.63% 17,849 3.51% +46.61%
Smart 148 0.09% 10 0.01% +1,380.00% 682 0.09% 280 0.06% +143.57%
SsangYong 120 0.08% 30 0.02% +300.00% 464 0.06% 510 0.10% -9.02%
Subaru 158 0.10% 8 0.01% +1,875.00% 596 0.08% 262 0.05% +127.48%
Suzuki GB 2,664 1.71% 100 0.06% +2,564.00% 7,882 1.09% 6,382 1.26% +23.50%
Toyota (GB) 8,420 5.39% 626 0.40% +1,245.05% 40,095 5.56% 27,651 5.44% +45.00%
Vauxhall Motors 9,516 6.10% 1,152 0.74% +726.04% 43,314 6.00% 28,472 5.60% +52.13%
Volkswagen UK 16,413 10.52% 1,197 0.77% +1,271.18% 65,955 9.14% 46,502 9.15% +41.83%
Volvo Car UK 4,056 2.60% 1,167 0.75% +247.56% 22,341 3.10% 13,324 2.62% +67.67%
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.