UK car registrations rise in October despite market fears
Brexit and Dieselgate fail to halt a modest growth in new car registrations, although private and diesel sales drop...
Car registrations in the UK rose during October, surpassing last year’s figures by 1.4%.
Official industry statistics show that registrations have continued to grow throughout the year. A total of 2,330,663 new cars have been registered in 2016 so far, a figure that’s 56,000 higher than at the end of October last year, despite Brexit concerns and the fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.
However, diesel and private sale registrations have fallen, which suggests that the public’s confidence in diesel – and in new cars overall – may have been hit.
Diesel car registrations were 2.4% down on October 2015, while petrol registrations climbed by nearly 5%. Alternative fuel vehicles – hybrids, electric cars and the like – rose strongly, up by 12.4% to 75,987 as more manufacturers introduced new models and soaked up lost diesel registrations.
The fleet sector continues to bolster the overall market, with fleet registrations up by 4.2% in October to 96,440.
This years saw the third October in a row where new car registrations have stalled, with numbers staying broadly static since 2013 despite the introduction of the new 66 registration plate.
Of the best-selling models during October, Nissan’s Juke and the Kia Sportage had a good month, featuring in the top 10 sellers at ninth and 10th places respectively, despite being outside the top 10 for 2016 so far.
The top eight sellers last month all feature in the top 10 for the year-to-date, with the Ford Fiesta comfortably on top – its 7,806 registrations in October propel it past 100,000 for the year.
The best-selling cars in October 2016:
Ford Fiesta – 7,806
Vauxhall Astra – 4,985
Nissan Qashqai – 4,945
Volkswagen Golf - 4,520
Audi A3 – 4,281
Ford Focus – 4,096
Vauxhall Corsa – 3,906
Volkswagen Polo – 3,519
Nissan Juke – 3,503
Kia Sportage – 3,471
The UK's best-selling cars of 2016 so far are:
5 Nissan Qashqai - 55,238
Vauxhall Astra - 49,756
Volkswagen Polo - 47,161
Mini hatchback - 39,913
Mercedes-Benz C-Class - 37,918
Audi A3 - 37,521