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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
May 220,288 213,247 +3.30%
Apr 191,412 174,701 +9.57%
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
Apr
2018
May
2018
Ford Motor Company 19,654 12,046 50,257 20,114 21,136
Volkswagen UK 12,579 7,036 37,843 14,607 18,097
Vauxhall Motors 12,652 4,860 37,023 11,214 13,983
Mercedes-Benz UK 11,891 6,088 33,194 11,854 13,387
Audi 11,806 6,141 29,968 13,135 13,687

Bottom five brands

Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2018
Apr
2018
May
2018
Cadillac 0 0 0 0 4
Chevrolet UK 1 1 15 3 6
Morgan 10 14 26 20 26
Lotus 12 12 36 32 20
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 26 4 73 48 61

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 1,079,049 -57.53%
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
2018 192,649 83,682 103,490 5,477
2017 186,265 76,035 104,173 6,057
% change +3.43% +10.06% -0.66% -9.58%
Mkt share 2018 43.44% 53.72% 2.84%
Mkt share 2017 40.82% 55.93% 3.25%
Year-to-date Total Private Fleet Business
2018 1,079,049 492,570 547,637 38,842
2017 1,158,357 522,344 589,682 46,331
% change -6.85% -5.70% -7.13% -16.16%
Mkt share 2018 45.65% 50.75% 3.60%
Mkt share 2017 45.09% 50.91% 4.00%

Manufacturer new car sales figures

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

Marque May
2018
% Market
share
May
2017
% Market
share
% change YTD
2018
% Market
share
YTD
2017
% Market
share
% change
Abarth 612 0.32% 341 0.18% +79.47% 2,497 0.23% 1,855 0.16% +34.61%
Alfa Romeo 355 0.18% 269 0.14% +31.97% 2,117 0.20% 2,253 0.19% -6.04%
Aston Martin 128 0.07% 148 0.08% -13.51% 571 0.05% 870 0.08% -34.37%
Audi 13,687 7.10% 13,764 7.14% -0.56% 74,737 6.93% 74,638 6.44% +0.13%
Bentley Motors 87 0.05% 115 0.06% -24.35% 604 0.06% 800 0.07% -24.50%
BMW 12,940 6.72% 12,731 6.61% +1.64% 69,411 6.43% 73,489 6.34% -5.55%
Cadillac 4 0.00% 0 0.00% +100.00% 4 0.00% 0 0.00% +100.00%
Chevrolet UK 6 0.00% 4 0.00% +50.00% 26 0.00% 35 0.00% -25.71%
Citroen UK 4,408 2.29% 4,028 2.09% +9.43% 23,103 2.14% 25,164 2.17% -8.19%
Dacia 2,516 1.31% 1,939 1.01% +29.76% 11,617 1.08% 11,542 1.00% +0.65%
DS 547 0.28% 647 0.34% -15.46% 3,184 0.30% 4,274 0.37% -25.50%
Ferrari 77 0.04% 87 0.05% -11.49% 432 0.04% 452 0.04% -4.42%
Fiat 2,623 1.36% 4,075 2.12% -35.63% 16,333 1.51% 23,633 2.04% -30.89%
Ford Motor Company 21,136 10.97% 20,514 10.65% +3.03% 123,207 11.42% 141,221 12.19% -12.76%
Honda 3,825 1.99% 3,397 1.76% +12.60% 25,051 2.32% 24,184 2.09% +3.59%
Hyundai Motor UK 7,387 3.83% 7,321 3.80% +0.90% 42,378 3.93% 42,135 3.64% +0.58%
Infiniti 69 0.04% 346 0.18% -80.06% 454 0.04% 1,749 0.15% -74.04%
Jaguar 3,069 1.59% 2,564 1.33% +19.70% 15,192 1.41% 17,430 1.50% -12.84%
Jeep 652 0.34% 303 0.16% +115.18% 2,857 0.26% 3,429 0.30% -16.68%
Kia Motors (UK) 6,721 3.49% 6,682 3.47% +0.58% 42,344 3.92% 42,678 3.68% -0.78%
Lamborghini 49 0.03% 15 0.01% +226.67% 246 0.02% 54 0.00% +355.56%
Land Rover 6,566 3.41% 5,619 2.92% +16.85% 35,408 3.28% 39,474 3.41% -10.30%
Lexus 851 0.44% 715 0.37% +19.02% 5,602 0.52% 5,281 0.46% +6.08%
Lotus 20 0.01% 2 0.00% +900.00% 112 0.01% 119 0.01% -5.88%
Maserati GB 83 0.04% 107 0.06% -22.43% 622 0.06% 856 0.07% -27.34%
Mazda Motors UK 2,408 1.25% 2,447 1.27% -1.59% 18,253 1.69% 19,306 1.67% -5.45%
McLaren 85 0.04% 62 0.03% +37.10% 353 0.03% 208 0.02% +69.71%
Mercedes-Benz UK 13,387 6.95% 14,660 7.61% -8.68% 76,414 7.08% 82,842 7.15% -7.76%
MG 811 0.42% 395 0.21% +105.32% 3,415 0.32% 1,679 0.14% +103.39%
Mini UK 5,094 2.64% 4,972 2.58% +2.45% 25,949 2.40% 25,973 2.24% -0.09%
Mitsubishi Motors 1,400 0.73% 1,142 0.59% +22.59% 8,586 0.80% 7,555 0.65% +13.65%
Morgan 26 0.01% 14 0.01% +85.71% 96 0.01% 99 0.01% -3.03%
Nissan Motor (GB) 8,699 4.52% 10,627 5.52% -18.14% 50,941 4.72% 72,018 6.22% -29.27%
Other UK 250 0.13% 263 0.14% -4.94% 1,191 0.11% 1,791 0.15% -33.50%
Peugeot Motor Company 6,335 3.29% 6,060 3.15% +4.54% 37,203 3.45% 39,858 3.44% -6.66%
Porsche Cars Great Britain 1,991 1.03% 1,278 0.66% +55.79% 7,711 0.71% 6,255 0.54% +23.28%
Renault (UK) 4,964 2.58% 4,308 2.24% +15.23% 29,030 2.69% 33,508 2.89% -13.36%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 61 0.03% 34 0.02% +79.41% 212 0.02% 186 0.02% +13.98%
Seat UK 5,674 2.95% 3,882 2.02% +46.16% 29,379 2.72% 24,590 2.12% +19.48%
Skoda Auto 6,337 3.29% 6,713 3.48% -5.60% 34,164 3.17% 35,046 3.03% -2.52%
Smart 636 0.33% 924 0.48% -31.17% 3,198 0.30% 5,106 0.44% -37.37%
SsangYong 250 0.13% 273 0.14% -8.42% 1,266 0.12% 1,914 0.17% -33.86%
Subaru 231 0.12% 155 0.08% +49.03% 1,362 0.13% 1,210 0.10% +12.56%
Suzuki GB 3,117 1.62% 2,722 1.41% +14.51% 16,561 1.53% 18,331 1.58% -9.66%
Toyota (GB) 6,774 3.52% 6,720 3.49% +0.80% 46,702 4.33% 46,872 4.05% -0.36%
Vauxhall Motors 13,983 7.26% 14,041 7.29% -0.41% 79,732 7.39% 91,506 7.90% -12.87%
Volkswagen UK 18,097 9.39% 15,656 8.13% +15.59% 90,162 8.36% 85,388 7.37% +5.59%
Volvo Car UK 3,621 1.88% 3,184 1.65% +13.72% 19,060 1.77% 19,501 1.68% -2.26%
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.