New car sales: June sees 28% year-on-year increase

Ryan Hirons
July 05, 2021

New car sales have risen by 28% in June 2021 compared with the same month in 2020.

  • 186,128 new car sales in June
  • New car registrations up 28% year-on-year

Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that new car sales rose by 28% in June compared with the same month in 2020.

Though the large growth comes as a result of less stringent coronavirus restrictions for dealerships compared with June 2020, even further sales potential has been hampered as a result of semiconductor supply issues.


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Alternatively-fuelled cars continue to take the headlines for sales increases. Plug-in hybrid car sales rose by 145.7% compared with June 2020, totalling 12,139, while pure-electric car registrations tallied at 122.9% — a 122.9% increase over the same month last year.

Regular ‘self-charging’ hybrids racked up 16,150 registrations for a 57.9% increase while sales of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel cars rose by 286.7% and 192.6% respectively.

Overall sales so far in 2021 total 909,973 at the end of June — a 39.2% increase compared with the same period in 2020.

New car sales: biggest sellers in June

Topping the charts for June was the Tesla Model 3 with 5,468 — a common sight whenever a new batch of Model 3 deliveries arrives. Following that was last month’s best-seller, the Volkswagen Golf, at 4,629.

Rounding off the podium was the Ford Puma at 4,477 with usual suspects like the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and Mini hatch all making an appearance in the top 10.

March new car registrations
Tesla Model 3 5,468 Latest deals
Volkswagen Golf 4,629 Latest deals
Ford Puma 4,477 Latest deals
Vauxhall Corsa 4,375 Latest deals
Ford Fiesta 3,811 Latest deals
Volkswagen Polo 3,752 Latest deals
Toyota Yaris 3,546 Latest deals
MINI Hatch 3,506 Latest deals
BMW 3 Series 3,048 Latest deals
Kia Sportage 2,947 Latest deals

New car sales: biggest sellers year to date

Despite a drop to fourth in June, the Vauxhall Corsa holds top spot as the best-selling car so far in 2021 with 24,399 new registrations.

The Vauxhall Corsa comes in second with 17,700 sales, while the Volkswagen Golf follows in third at 19,608.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “With the final phases of the UK’s vaccine rollout well underway and confidence increasing, the automotive sector is now battling against a ‘long Covid’ of vehicle supply challenges. The semiconductor shortages arising from Covid-constrained output globally are affecting vehicle production, disrupting supply on certain models and restricting the automotive recovery.

“However, rebuilding for the next decade is now well underway with investment in local battery production beginning and a raft of new electrified models in showrooms. With the end of domestic restrictions later this month looking more likely, business and consumer optimism should improve further, fuelling increased spending, especially as the industry looks towards September and advanced orders for the next plate change.”

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