New car sales: June sees 28% year-on-year increase
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.
|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.
|Year-to-date new car registrations|
|Vauxhall Corsa||24,399||Latest deals|
|Ford Fiesta||21,511||Latest deals|
|Volkswagen Golf||19,608||Latest deals|
|Mercedes A-Class||19,498||Latest deals|
|Ford Puma||18,232||Latest deals|
|Nissan Qashqai||16,482||Latest deals|
|Kia Sportage||16,310||Latest deals|
|Volkswagen Polo||15,554||Latest deals|
|BMW 3 Series||15,402||Latest deals|
|Toyota Yaris||15,124||Latest deals|
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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