UK new car registrations fell 7.3 percent from a year earlier to 148,279 units in January 2020, as confusion over diesel and clean air zones and ongoing weak confidence affected demand. There was a weaker demand for private (-13.9 percent) and fleet (-2.2 percent); while the business market rose 4.2 percent. Registrations of new diesel cars dropped for 34th month and by 36 percent, the most since 2000. Also, petrol cars registrations declined by 9.5 percent. Meantime, alternatively fueled cars continued to grow in popularity, boosted by hybrid electric cars (+20.6 percent); plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (+111.1 percent); and battery electric vehicle (+203.9 percent). Combined, alternatively fueled vehicle registrations reached 11.9 percent of the market in January, the most on record.

Car Registrations in the United Kingdom averaged 154325.30 from 1962 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 562337 in March of 2017 and a record low of 33051 in July of 1992. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Car Registrations - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. source: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT)

Car Registrations in the United Kingdom is expected to be 465000.00 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Car Registrations in the United Kingdom to stand at 154000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Car Registrations is projected to trend around 176000.00 in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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United Kingdom Car Registrations

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
149279.00 148997.00 562337.00 33051.00 1962 - 2020 Monthly
Volume, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-05 09:00 AM Oct -6.7% 1.3%
2019-12-05 09:00 AM Nov -1.3% -6.7% -4.3%
2020-01-06 05:30 AM Dec 3.4% -1.3%
2020-02-05 09:00 AM Jan -7.3% 3.4%


News Stream
UK New Car Sales Fall 7.3% in January
UK new car registrations fell 7.3 percent from a year earlier to 148,279 units in January 2020, as confusion over diesel and clean air zones and ongoing weak confidence affected demand. There was a weaker demand for private (-13.9 percent) and fleet (-2.2 percent); while the business market rose 4.2 percent. Registrations of new diesel cars dropped for 34th month and by 36 percent, the most since 2000. Also, petrol cars registrations declined by 9.5 percent. Meantime, alternatively fueled cars continued to grow in popularity, boosted by hybrid electric cars (+20.6 percent); plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (+111.1 percent); and battery electric vehicle (+203.9 percent). Combined, alternatively fueled vehicle registrations reached 11.9 percent of the market in January, the highest on record.
2020-02-05
UK New Car Sales Rise 3.4% in December
UK new car registrations rose 3.4 percent from a year earlier to 148,997 units in December 2019, ending a turbulent year on a positive. Demand for petrol cars rose 2.6 percent and that for battery electric vehicles jumped 220.7 percent, while diesel registrations slumped 19 percent. Considering 2019 full year, new car registrations fell 2.4 percent to 2.31 million units, the third consecutive year of decline, amid weak business and consumer confidence, general political and economic instability and confusion over clean air zones. It was driven primarily by falling private demand, with registrations from consumers down 3.2 percent, while the small volume business market also fell, down 34.4 percent. A modest growth in demand for petrol cars (2.2 percent) was not enough to offset the significant 21.8 percent decline in diesel registrations. Bucking the overall trend, combined alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations surged in 2019 to take a record 7.4 percent market share.
2020-01-06
UK New Car Sales Continue to Fall
UK new car registrations dropped 1.3 percent from a year earlier to 156,621 units in November 2019, as multiple factors, including weak business and consumer confidence, economic uncertainty and confusion over diesel and clean air zones, combined to affect demand. The decline was driven primarily by weak private demand (-6.1 percent), while the business market also fell (-3.2 percent), but fleet registrations fared better (2.8 percent). For the second consecutive month, total alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations reached a record market share, with more than one in 10 cars joining UK roads either hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric. Year-to-date, new car registrations were down 2.7 percent to 2.2 million.
2019-12-05
UK New Car Sales Fall 6.7% in October
UK new car registrations dropped 6.7 percent from a year earlier to 143,251 units in October 2019, as economic and political uncertainty continued to impact confidence. The decline was driven by falling demand from private consumers, with registrations down 13.2 percent. Business demand also fell (-30.3 percent), while fleet registrations remained stable. Year to date, new car sales were down 2.9 percent to 2.01 million.
2019-11-05

United Kingdom Car Registrations
In the United Kingdom, Car Registrations refers to total registration of new passenger cars.