New Car Sales Upturn - April 2021
New Car Sales are seeing an upturn as we return to ‘normality’ and the government eases lockdown.
According to The SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), new car registrations were up just over 3.1% for April 2021 on the previous year. That brings new car registrations for the first months of 2021 to 567,108 compared with the same period in 2020 where sales were 487,878 an overall upturn in new car sales of just over 16%.
The SMMT have forecast a total of 1.86m+ new car registrations by the end of 2021 which should see approximately, a 17% upturn on the previous year.
The upturn seems to indicate that people are feeling positive and seeing some light at the end of the tunnel as we gradually return to ‘normal’ life with BREXIT behind us and the COVID pandemic seemingly under control in the UK.
Car showrooms have reopened their doors and many people are returning to their offices/workplaces after a period of working from home. Overall, in the UK we have seen a period of uncertainty, firstly with BREXIT and then with COVID, but it seems people are feeling more positive about the future.
2021 New Car Sales By Fuel Type
As expected there has been a big upturn in the sale of new electric powered cars, the number of new registrations of full-electric powered cars is just over double when compared with the same period in 2020.
Figures also indicate a big uptake in mild hybrid, self-charging hybrid and PHEV (plug-in hybrid) cars. Petrol cars still dominate with 60% of new car registrations powered by Traditional petrol engines.
2021 New Car Sales By Model
Two of Britain’s favourite small cars, the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta are the best two sellers to date in 2021, with the Corsa topping the charts (16,381 new car registrations for the first four months of 2021), the Fiesta has seen 14,901 new registrations.
Popular SUVs/Crossovers have sold in huge numbers with the Nissan Qashqai still the UK’s favourite with 12,382 new registrations, while rival mid-sized SUVs like the KIA Sportage (10,407 new registrations) and Ford Kuga (9,640 new registrations) are also extremely popular.
The classy mid-sized Volvo XC40 SUV has also been popular with 10,339 new registrations and Fords compact SUV, the Puma has also been a noticeably big seller in 2021 with the 19,597 new sales.
Other new cars that have sold well in 2021, indicate the UK’s appetite for some quality German engineering; the Mercedes-Benz A Class (13,439 new registrations), VW Golf (10,798 new registrations) and BMW 3 Series (10,222 new registrations) have all been big sellers in 2021.
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