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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
2018
2017
2018 2017 % change
Mar 533,833 625,653 -14.68%
Feb 94,940 96,406 -1.52%
Jan 184,090 195,927 -6.04%

Top five brands

Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2018
Ford Motor Company 19,654 12,046 50,257
Volkswagen UK 12,579 7,036 37,843
Vauxhall Motors 12,652 4,860 37,023
Mercedes-Benz UK 11,891 6,088 33,194
Audi 11,806 6,141 29,968

Bottom five brands

Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2018
Chevrolet UK 1 1 15
Morgan 10 14 26
Lotus 12 12 36
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 26 4 73
Lamborghini 20 50 72

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
2018 718,489 -71.72%
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

Mar Total Private Fleet Business
2018 474,069 228,623 222,595 22,851
2017 562,337 273,719 261,941 26,677
% change -15.70% -16.48% -15.02% -14.34%
Mkt share 2018 48.23% 46.95% 4.82%
Mkt share 2017 48.68% 46.58% 4.74%
Year-to-date Total Private Fleet Business
2018 718,489 333,302 356,668 28,519
2017 820,016 386,448 398,823 34,745
% change -12.38% -13.75% -10.57% -17.92%
Mkt share 2018 46.39% 49.64% 3.97%
Mkt share 2017 47.13% 48.64% 4.24%

Manufacturer new car sales figures

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

Marque Mar
2018
% Market
share
Mar
2017
% Market
share
% change YTD
2018
% Market
share
YTD
2017
% Market
share
% change
Abarth 1,107 0.23% 948 0.20% +16.77% 1,527 0.21% 1,301 0.16% +17.37%
Alfa Romeo 1,004 0.21% 1,239 0.26% -18.97% 1,458 0.20% 1,719 0.21% -15.18%
Aston Martin 229 0.05% 425 0.09% -46.12% 347 0.05% 645 0.08% -46.20%
Audi 29,968 6.32% 30,867 6.51% -2.91% 47,915 6.67% 47,780 5.83% +0.28%
Bentley Motors 229 0.05% 358 0.08% -36.03% 410 0.06% 581 0.07% -29.43%
BMW 31,649 6.68% 34,873 7.36% -9.24% 47,393 6.60% 49,481 6.03% -4.22%
Chevrolet UK 15 0.00% 18 0.00% -16.67% 17 0.00% 18 0.00% -5.56%
Citroen UK 9,050 1.91% 12,977 2.74% -30.26% 14,671 2.04% 18,347 2.24% -20.04%
Dacia 4,013 0.85% 5,773 1.22% -30.49% 7,182 1.00% 8,206 1.00% -12.48%
DS 1,656 0.35% 2,183 0.46% -24.14% 2,108 0.29% 3,211 0.39% -34.35%
Ferrari 160 0.03% 204 0.04% -21.57% 244 0.03% 293 0.04% -16.72%
Fiat 8,524 1.80% 12,930 2.73% -34.08% 11,544 1.61% 17,577 2.14% -34.32%
Ford Motor Company 50,257 10.60% 71,837 15.15% -30.04% 81,957 11.41% 104,524 12.75% -21.59%
Honda 11,896 2.51% 11,635 2.45% +2.24% 18,137 2.52% 17,771 2.17% +2.06%
Hyundai Motor UK 18,526 3.91% 18,460 3.89% +0.36% 28,004 3.90% 27,856 3.40% +0.53%
Infiniti 160 0.03% 985 0.21% -83.76% 313 0.04% 1,285 0.16% -75.64%
Jaguar 6,797 1.43% 9,571 2.02% -28.98% 9,709 1.35% 13,134 1.60% -26.08%
Jeep 1,322 0.28% 1,807 0.38% -26.84% 1,728 0.24% 2,762 0.34% -37.44%
Kia Motors (UK) 18,094 3.82% 18,801 3.97% -3.76% 28,751 4.00% 29,705 3.62% -3.21%
Lamborghini 72 0.02% 6 0.00% +1,100.00% 142 0.02% 23 0.00% +517.39%
Land Rover 16,655 3.51% 22,534 4.75% -26.09% 23,815 3.31% 29,739 3.63% -19.92%
Lexus 3,006 0.63% 2,888 0.61% +4.09% 4,073 0.57% 3,894 0.47% +4.60%
Lotus 36 0.01% 39 0.01% -7.69% 60 0.01% 88 0.01% -31.82%
Maserati GB 276 0.06% 429 0.09% -35.66% 436 0.06% 640 0.08% -31.88%
Mazda Motors UK 10,085 2.13% 11,178 2.36% -9.78% 14,172 1.97% 15,169 1.85% -6.57%
McLaren 132 0.03% 74 0.02% +78.38% 213 0.03% 137 0.02% +55.47%
Mercedes-Benz UK 33,194 7.00% 35,690 7.53% -6.99% 51,173 7.12% 54,837 6.69% -6.68%
MG 1,114 0.23% 749 0.16% +48.73% 1,775 0.25% 1,065 0.13% +66.67%
Mini UK 12,352 2.61% 12,942 2.73% -4.56% 17,009 2.37% 17,267 2.11% -1.49%
Mitsubishi Motors 3,929 0.83% 3,421 0.72% +14.85% 5,997 0.83% 5,104 0.62% +17.50%
Morgan 26 0.01% 12 0.00% +116.67% 50 0.01% 35 0.00% +42.86%
Nissan Motor (GB) 24,561 5.18% 36,939 7.79% -33.51% 34,794 4.84% 53,350 6.51% -34.78%
Other UK 601 0.13% 867 0.18% -30.68% 842 0.12% 1,389 0.17% -39.38%
Peugeot Motor Company 16,301 3.44% 19,168 4.04% -14.96% 24,643 3.43% 28,393 3.46% -13.21%
Porsche Cars Great Britain 2,659 0.56% 2,848 0.60% -6.64% 4,074 0.57% 3,737 0.46% +9.02%
Renault (UK) 14,531 3.07% 19,014 4.01% -23.58% 19,604 2.73% 25,126 3.06% -21.98%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 73 0.02% 90 0.02% -18.89% 103 0.01% 132 0.02% -21.97%
Seat UK 11,829 2.50% 11,200 2.36% +5.62% 18,390 2.56% 16,782 2.05% +9.58%
Skoda Auto 13,300 2.81% 13,655 2.88% -2.60% 21,611 3.01% 22,322 2.72% -3.19%
Smart 1,201 0.25% 2,172 0.46% -44.71% 2,067 0.29% 3,217 0.39% -35.75%
SsangYong 613 0.13% 956 0.20% -35.88% 865 0.12% 1,359 0.17% -36.35%
Subaru 761 0.16% 706 0.15% +7.79% 978 0.14% 932 0.11% +4.94%
Suzuki GB 6,466 1.36% 8,602 1.81% -24.83% 11,323 1.58% 13,951 1.70% -18.84%
Toyota (GB) 22,537 4.75% 24,508 5.17% -8.04% 33,215 4.62% 35,039 4.27% -5.21%
Vauxhall Motors 37,023 7.81% 46,564 9.82% -20.49% 54,535 7.59% 66,733 8.14% -18.28%
Volkswagen UK 37,843 7.98% 39,485 8.33% -4.16% 57,458 8.00% 59,778 7.29% -3.88%
Volvo Car UK 8,237 1.74% 9,710 2.05% -15.17% 11,657 1.62% 13,582 1.66% -14.17%
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.