UK new car registrations declined 1.6 percent year-on-year to 140,945 units in October 2020, making it the weakest October since 2011 and -10.1% lower than the average recorded over the last decade. The arrival of new models and ongoing financial incentives helped initially to sustain UK demand in the month, but the introduction of a ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales on October 23rd contributed to the nation recording 25.5 percent fewer registrations by the end of the month, which accounted for more than half of the overall UK decline. With England entering a second lockdown in November, which will see the closure of vehicle showrooms, the 2020 forecast for total sales has been downgraded by a further 100,000 units to 1.56 million. This equates to a total year-on-year decline of around 750,000 registrations and a £22.5 billion loss in turnover, with 2020 now likely to be the weakest year since 1982. source: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT)

Car Registrations in the United Kingdom averaged 154107.73 from 1962 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 562337 in March of 2017 and a record low of 4321 in April of 2020. 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. United Kingdom Car Registrations - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on November of 2020.

Car Registrations in the United Kingdom is expected to be 114000.00 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 289000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Car Registrations is projected to trend around 136000.00 in 2021 and 169000.00 in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Car Registrations

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
140945.00 328041.00 562337.00 4321.00 1962 - 2020 Monthly
Volume, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-08-05 08:00 AM Jul 11.3% -34.9%
2020-09-04 08:00 AM Aug -5.8% 11.3%
2020-10-05 08:00 AM Sep -4.4% -5.8% -2%
2020-11-05 09:00 AM Oct -1.6% -4.4% -7.6%
2020-12-04 09:00 AM Nov -1.6%
2021-01-05 09:00 AM Dec
2021-02-04 09:00 AM Jan
2021-03-04 09:00 AM Feb


News Stream
UK Car Sales Suffer Worst October Since 2011
UK new car registrations declined 1.6 percent year-on-year to 140,945 units in October 2020, making it the weakest October since 2011 and -10.1% lower than the average recorded over the last decade. The arrival of new models and ongoing financial incentives helped initially to sustain UK demand in the month, but the introduction of a ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales on October 23rd contributed to the nation recording 25.5 percent fewer registrations by the end of the month, which accounted for more than half of the overall UK decline. With England entering a second lockdown in November, which will see the closure of vehicle showrooms, the 2020 forecast for total sales has been downgraded by a further 100,000 units to 1.56 million. This equates to a total year-on-year decline of around 750,000 registrations and a £22.5 billion loss in turnover, with 2020 now likely to be the weakest year since 1982.
2020-11-05
UK New Car Registrations Fall 4.4% in September
UK new car registrations declined 4.4 percent year-on-year to 328,041 units in September 2020, the weakest for a September month since the introduction of the dual number plate system in 1999 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Private registrations fell by -1.1 percent and demand from business slumped 31.9 percent, with around 10,000 fewer cars joining larger fleets, representing a -5.8 percent decline. More encouragingly, battery electric and plug-in hybrid car uptake grew substantially to account for more than one in 10 registrations as new models continue to increase consumer choice. Demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) increased by 184.3 percent, with the month accounting for a third of all 2020’s BEV registrations. The relaxation of COVID lockdown restrictions from June saw consumers return to showrooms and factories restart production lines, still the market faces continued pressure including Brexit uncertainty and the threat of tariffs.
2020-10-05
UK New Car Registrations Drop 5.8% in August
UK new car registrations fell 5.8 percent year-on-year to 87,226 units in August 2020, which is traditionally the quietest month of the year for new car sales. Registrations to private buyers held relatively steady, down by 699 units in the month, demand from businesses of all sizes was much more subdued, with 2,650 fewer new cars joining UK fleets, down -5.5 percent a year earlier. Demand also fell across all segments except superminis, with the biggest declines in demand seen in the mini (-64.2 percent) and specialist sports (-41.9 percent) categories. Zero emission-capable vehicles enjoyed a bumper August as a result of new models coming to market, with sales of plug-in hybrids increasing by 221.1 percent, although they still only accounted for 1 in 30 sales. Overall, registrations remain down by -39.7% in the year to date, some 600,000 units behind this time in 2019, following coronavirus enforced lockdowns.
2020-09-04
UK New Car Registrations Surge 11% in July
UK new car registrations rose 11.3 percent from a year earlier to 174,887 units in July 2020, as dealerships across the UK opened for their first full month of trading since February. This represents a significant improvement on the same month last year, when declining business and consumer confidence undermined the market. Private demand saw the most significant growth with a 20.4 percent increase in registrations, primarily a result of consumers finally being able to renew their cars after lockdown had forced them to delay. In addition, manufacturer incentives have helped attract customers to showrooms. Business car registrations showed modest growth, with fleet purchases increasing by 5.2 percent. Even so, more than 13,000 jobs have now been lost by UK Automotive across retail and manufacturing as a result of the pandemic, with more likely to follow given the scale of the challenges facing the sector, including shifts in technology, Brexit uncertainty and a depressed market.
2020-08-05

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