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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
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
Volkswagen UK 7,569 4,952 23,698
Ford Motor Company 8,706 5,129 22,237
BMW 7,002 3,939 21,003
Mercedes-Benz UK 6,600 3,787 21,313
Audi 6,583 3,715 19,105

Bottom five brands

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

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 424,559 -73.97%
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

Mar Total Private Fleet Business
2021 283,294 126,649 150,891 5,754
2020 254,658 132,234 117,572 4,852
% change +11.24% -4.22% +28.34% +18.59%
Mkt share 2021 44.71% 53.26% 2.03%
Mkt share 2020 51.93% 46.17% 1.91%
Year-to-date Total Private Fleet Business
2021 424,559 185,903 230,984 7,672
2020 483,520 227,962 246,279 9,279
% change -12.19% -18.45% -6.21% -17.32%
Mkt share 2021 43.79% 54.41% 1.81%
Mkt share 2020 47.15% 50.93% 1.92%

Manufacturer new car sales figures

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

Marque Mar
2021
% Market
share
Mar
2020
% Market
share
% change YTD
2021
% Market
share
YTD
2020
% Market
share
% change
Abarth 415 0.15% 278 0.10% +49.28% 541 0.13% 628 0.13% -13.85%
Alfa Romeo 202 0.07% 330 0.12% -38.79% 316 0.07% 644 0.13% -50.93%
Aston Martin 203 0.07% 148 0.05% +37.16% 280 0.07% 286 0.06% -2.10%
Audi 19,105 6.74% 16,424 5.80% +16.32% 29,403 6.93% 30,669 6.34% -4.13%
Bentley Motors 189 0.07% 171 0.06% +10.53% 306 0.07% 391 0.08% -21.74%
BMW 21,003 7.41% 17,530 6.19% +19.81% 31,944 7.52% 34,262 7.09% -6.77%
Citroen UK 6,027 2.13% 3,950 1.39% +52.58% 8,605 2.03% 9,152 1.89% -5.98%
Dacia 2,149 0.76% 3,010 1.06% -28.60% 3,276 0.77% 5,055 1.05% -35.19%
DS 233 0.08% 292 0.10% -20.21% 415 0.10% 717 0.15% -42.12%
Ferrari 190 0.07% 220 0.08% -13.64% 273 0.06% 321 0.07% -14.95%
Fiat 2,376 0.84% 3,358 1.19% -29.24% 3,213 0.76% 6,166 1.28% -47.89%
Ford Motor Company 22,237 7.85% 18,996 6.71% +17.06% 36,072 8.50% 43,835 9.07% -17.71%
Honda 3,055 1.08% 4,631 1.63% -34.03% 4,520 1.06% 9,620 1.99% -53.01%
Hyundai Motor UK 9,065 3.20% 7,279 2.57% +24.54% 13,422 3.16% 13,753 2.84% -2.41%
Jaguar 3,880 1.37% 4,794 1.69% -19.07% 5,128 1.21% 7,967 1.65% -35.63%
Jeep 567 0.20% 379 0.13% +49.60% 852 0.20% 1,006 0.21% -15.31%
Kia Motors (UK) 11,221 3.96% 12,957 4.57% -13.40% 20,365 4.80% 22,295 4.61% -8.66%
Lamborghini 62 0.02% 49 0.02% +26.53% 121 0.03% 117 0.02% +3.42%
Land Rover 15,086 5.33% 12,381 4.37% +21.85% 20,551 4.84% 20,075 4.15% +2.37%
Lexus 2,575 0.91% 2,594 0.92% -0.73% 3,393 0.80% 4,470 0.92% -24.09%
Lotus 23 0.01% 22 0.01% +4.55% 54 0.01% 33 0.01% +63.64%
Maserati GB 95 0.03% 83 0.03% +14.46% 157 0.04% 178 0.04% -11.80%
Mazda Motors UK 4,058 1.43% 4,193 1.48% -3.22% 5,302 1.25% 7,166 1.48% -26.01%
McLaren 61 0.02% 67 0.02% -8.96% 117 0.03% 157 0.03% -25.48%
Mercedes-Benz UK 21,313 7.52% 16,981 5.99% +25.51% 31,700 7.47% 33,856 7.00% -6.37%
MG 3,956 1.40% 2,736 0.97% +44.59% 6,161 1.45% 5,465 1.13% +12.74%
Mini UK 7,567 2.67% 8,720 3.08% -13.22% 10,794 2.54% 12,998 2.69% -16.96%
Mitsubishi Motors 1,256 0.44% 2,024 0.71% -37.94% 1,828 0.43% 3,834 0.79% -52.32%
Morgan 26 0.01% 39 0.01% -33.33% 40 0.01% 61 0.01% -34.43%
Nissan Motor (GB) 14,178 5.00% 12,524 4.42% +13.21% 21,086 4.97% 23,563 4.87% -10.51%
Other UK 6,602 2.33% 4,968 1.75% +32.89% 7,260 1.71% 5,710 1.18% +27.15%
Peugeot Motor Company 10,824 3.82% 6,985 2.47% +54.96% 15,705 3.70% 15,053 3.11% +4.33%
Polestar 335 0.12% 0 0.00% +100.00% 922 0.22% 0 0.00% +100.00%
Porsche Cars Great Britain 1,819 0.64% 1,838 0.65% -1.03% 2,931 0.69% 2,755 0.57% +6.39%
Renault (UK) 5,787 2.04% 5,684 2.01% +1.81% 8,066 1.90% 9,908 2.05% -18.59%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 59 0.02% 60 0.02% -1.67% 87 0.02% 95 0.02% -8.42%
Seat UK 7,482 2.64% 7,772 2.74% -3.73% 11,460 2.70% 15,669 3.24% -26.86%
Skoda Auto 8,911 3.15% 9,172 3.24% -2.85% 14,242 3.35% 17,330 3.58% -17.82%
Smart 264 0.09% 143 0.05% +84.62% 407 0.10% 248 0.05% +64.11%
SsangYong 175 0.06% 252 0.09% -30.56% 239 0.06% 435 0.09% -45.06%
Subaru 258 0.09% 180 0.06% +43.33% 310 0.07% 253 0.05% +22.53%
Suzuki GB 2,932 1.03% 3,462 1.22% -15.31% 3,903 0.92% 6,277 1.30% -37.82%
Toyota (GB) 16,911 5.97% 15,363 5.42% +10.08% 23,783 5.60% 27,006 5.59% -11.93%
Vauxhall Motors 15,868 5.60% 12,473 4.40% +27.22% 24,826 5.85% 26,841 5.55% -7.51%
Volkswagen UK 23,698 8.37% 22,950 8.10% +3.26% 36,219 8.53% 45,095 9.33% -19.68%
Volvo Car UK 8,996 3.18% 6,196 2.19% +45.19% 13,964 3.29% 12,105 2.50% +15.36%
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.