New car sales: March sales up by 11.5%
New car sales have risen for the first time since August 2020, with March seeing an 11.5% increase.
- 283,964 new car sales in March
- New car registrations up 11.5%
- First rise in new car sales since August 2020
Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that new car sales rose by 11.5% in March — the first growth since August 2020.
Despite lockdown restrictions resulting in the continued closure of showrooms throughout the month, 283,964 new cars were registered in March which is up from 254,684 for the same month in 2020.
It’s a promising sign as the UK’s lockdown restrictions begin to lift and car showrooms are preparing to open again to customers in the near future. Currently, dealerships across the country are able to sell cars online with delivery or with supermarket-style click and collect services.
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Alternatively-fuelled cars continue to steal the headlines for sales rises. Plug-in hybrid car sales rose by 152.2% compared with March 2020, totalling 17,330, while pure-electric car registrations tallied at 22,003 — an 88.2% rise over the previous year.
Conventional ‘self-charging’ hybrids racked up 21,599 registrations for a 42% rise with mild-hybrid petrol and diesel cars rising by 134.9% — largely as a result of the drastic increase of manufacturers offering them. Pure-petrol sales were down 10% to 137,557, with diesel sales falling most by 31.4% to 30,3730.
Overall sales so far in 2021 now total 425,525 — 12% down on the same period in 2020, though a rise in April is expected as dealerships open up following lockdown.
New car sales: biggest sellers in March
|March new car registrations|
|Tesla Model 3||6,585||Latest deals|
|Nissan Qashqai||6,583||Latest deal|
|BMW 3 Series||5,681|
|Volkswagen Golf||5,194||Latest deals|
|Toyota Yaris||4,910||Latest deals|
|Ford Puma||4,886||Latest deals|
New car sales: biggest sellers year to date
Following a table-topping March, the Vauxhall Corsa builds a gap as the best-selling car so far this year with 12,413 registered.
|Year-to-date new car registrations|
|Mercedes A-Class||10,169||Latest deals|
|BMW 3 Series||8,092||Latest deals|
|Volkswagen Golf||7,896||Latest deals|
|Kia Sportage||7,837||Latest deals|
|Ford Puma||7,561||Latest deals|
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The past year has been the toughest in modern history and the automotive sector has, like many others, been hit hard. However, with showrooms opening in less than a week, there is optimism that consumer confidence – and hence the market – will return. We know we will see record-breaking growth next month given April 2020 was a washout, but a strong, sustainable market is possible if customers respond to the choice and competitive offers the industry provides within the safest of showroom environments.
“New plug-in models are already helping drive a recovery but to convince more retail consumers to make the switch, they must be assured these new technologies will be convenient for their driving needs and that means, above all, that the charging infrastructure is there where they need it, and when they need it.”
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