NEW CAR MARKET CONTINUES TO RISE WITH 3.5% GROWTH IN JUNE







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: July 5, 2012
Categories: General News

  • New car registrations rose for a fourth successive month with a 3.5% rise in June to 189,514 units.
  • Registrations over the first half of the year increased 2.7% to 1,057,680 units.
  • Private demand recovered in the first half of 2012, up 8.7% with June continuing the trend, up 9.8%.
  • Technological gains helped average new car CO2 emissions fall 4% to 134.1g/km in first half of 2012.

“Driven by demand from private buyers, June new car registrations grew 3.5% to push 2012 half year volumes through the one million mark,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite domestic and international economic concerns, UK motorists are responding positively to new products and the latest fuel-efficient technology. The industry has performed better than expected in the first half of the year and we will now need to work hard to sustain growth.”

SMMT New Vehicle Registrations

New car registrations – first half volumes and percentage change by sales type

VIDEO: Half-year briefing from Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive:

June Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2012 189,514 97,722 89,311 2,481 79,916 101,675 7,923
2011 183,125 91,323 90,123 1,679 72,790 102,209 8,126
% change 3.5% 7.0% -0.9% 47.8% 9.8% -0.5% -2.5%
Mkt share '12 51.6% 47.1% 1.3% 42.2% 53.7% 4.2%
Mkt share '11 49.9% 49.2% 0.9% 39.7% 55.8% 4.4%
Year-to-date Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2012 1,057,680 541,241 501,813 14,626 476,283 537,176 44,221
2011 1,029,638 514,497 502,115 13,026 438,196 537,816 53,626
% change 2.7% 5.2% -0.1% 12.3% 8.7% -0.1% -17.5%
Mkt share '12 51.2% 47.4% 1.4% 45.0% 50.8% 4.2%
Mkt share '11 50.0% 48.8% 1.3% 42.6% 52.2% 5.2%
Best sellers June    Year-to-date
1 Fiesta 9,063 1 Fiesta 59,570
2 Corsa 8,800 2 Corsa 47,147
3 Focus 6,937 3 Focus 43,853
4 Golf 6,311 4 Golf 34,572
5 3 Series 5,830 5 Astra 30,483
6 Astra 5,472 6 Qashqai 23,435
7 MINI 4,807 7 3 Series 23,035
8 Qashqai 4,775 8 Polo 22,349
9 Polo 3,378 9 Insignia 17,890
10 500 3,324 10 C-Class 17,617

Market betters expectations once again with fourth successive month of growth

  • The new car market rose 3.5% to 189,514 units in June. This was still some 15% below the 2007 outturn, prior to recession, but some 2.5% ahead of average June volumes for the previous three years.
  • Registrations in Q2 rose 4.8% and over the first half of the year have risen 2.7% to over one million units.
  • The market was some 5% ahead of the SMMT forecast for Q2 (as set in April) with the annual running total at 1.97 million units in June. The growth is encouraging, given the subdued economic setting and compares with the full year 2011 total of 1.94 million units and a full year 2012 forecast of 1.95 million units.
  • Private volumes rose 8.7% over the first half of the year and picked up in recent months, rising 9.8% in June. Fleet volumes are on par with last year, while business demand has fallen.
  • Alternatively-fuelled car registrations posted a 47.8% rise in June, while diesel volumes also rose, pushing their market share over the first half of the year up from 50% a year ago to 51.2%.
  • Improvements in new car fuel efficiency saw CO2 emissions fall to 134.1g/km over the first half of 2012, down 4% on a year ago and 2.9% compared with 2011’s full year figure of 138.1g/km.
  • New models helped Mini segment registrations rise 82.5% in June. The Dual Purpose and Executive segments also posted double digit-growth in the month.
  • The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling model in June and over the first half of 2012.

SMMT’s ‘Fleet’ category includes Daily Rental and fleet Motability registrations. Monthly comparisons are with the previous year.

 

REGISTRATIONS OF NEW CARS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM - BY MARQUE
JUNE % Change YEAR-TO-DATE % Change
MARQUE 2012 % Market share 2011 % Market share 2012 % Market share 2011 % Market share
Abarth 103 0.05 104 0.06 -0.96 607 0.06 694 0.07 -12.54
Alfa Romeo 628 0.33 988 0.54 -36.44 4,158 0.39 6,488 0.63 -35.91
Aston Martin 60 0.03 80 0.04 -25.00 482 0.05 585 0.06 -17.61
Audi 10,936 5.77 10,701 5.84 2.20 66,005 6.24 61,921 6.01 6.60
Bentley 105 0.06 113 0.06 -7.08 663 0.06 587 0.06 12.95
BMW 14,302 7.55 12,419 6.78 15.16 64,514 6.10 60,606 5.89 6.45
Chevrolet 1,189 0.63 1,301 0.71 -8.61 8,811 0.83 6,942 0.67 26.92
Chrysler 341 0.18 59 0.03 477.97 1,606 0.15 313 0.03 413.10
Citroen 6,381 3.37 6,261 3.42 1.92 37,330 3.53 35,985 3.49 3.74
Daihatsu 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00
Fiat 4,678 2.47 4,741 2.59 -1.33 25,485 2.41 23,126 2.25 10.20
Ford 23,654 12.48 24,461 13.36 -3.30 150,378 14.22 144,481 14.03 4.08
Honda 5,726 3.02 3,308 1.81 73.10 27,511 2.60 26,023 2.53 5.72
Hyundai 7,362 3.88 5,351 2.92 37.58 35,168 3.33 31,576 3.07 11.38
Infiniti 28 0.01 9 0.00 211.11 296 0.03 162 0.02 82.72
Jaguar 1,156 0.61 1,214 0.66 -4.78 7,107 0.67 6,888 0.67 3.18
Jeep 214 0.11 238 0.13 -10.08 1,181 0.11 1,047 0.10 12.80
Kia 5,971 3.15 5,097 2.78 17.15 33,478 3.17 27,281 2.65 22.72
Land Rover 3,772 1.99 2,583 1.41 46.03 26,075 2.47 19,960 1.94 30.64
Lexus 813 0.43 582 0.32 39.69 4,751 0.45 4,114 0.40 15.48
Lotus 3 0.00 18 0.01 -83.33 82 0.01 218 0.02 -62.39
Maserati 21 0.01 41 0.02 -48.78 171 0.02 213 0.02 -19.72
Mazda 2,077 1.10 3,362 1.84 -38.22 15,034 1.42 17,463 1.70 -13.91
Mercedes-Benz 8,211 4.33 7,400 4.04 10.96 47,790 4.52 41,692 4.05 14.63
MG 19 0.01 48 0.03 -60.42 530 0.05 127 0.01 317.32
MINI 7,151 3.77 5,917 3.23 20.86 24,614 2.33 24,620 2.39 -0.02
Mitsubishi 457 0.24 912 0.50 -49.89 3,549 0.34 6,112 0.59 -41.93
Nissan 10,818 5.71 8,763 4.79 23.45 53,977 5.10 48,671 4.73 10.90
Perodua 34 0.02 45 0.02 -24.44 245 0.02 295 0.03 -16.95
Peugeot 8,708 4.59 9,471 5.17 -8.06 52,482 4.96 51,267 4.98 2.37
Porsche 771 0.41 478 0.26 61.30 3,939 0.37 2,959 0.29 33.12
Proton 17 0.01 32 0.02 -46.88 155 0.01 287 0.03 -45.99
Renault 3,099 1.64 7,205 3.93 -56.99 19,575 1.85 36,814 3.58 -46.83
Saab 33 0.02 265 0.14 -87.55 176 0.02 3,509 0.34 -94.98
SEAT 3,431 1.81 3,072 1.68 11.69 19,186 1.81 18,500 1.80 3.71
Skoda 5,463 2.88 5,096 2.78 7.20 28,076 2.65 24,234 2.35 15.85
smart 507 0.27 544 0.30 -6.80 2,682 0.25 2,798 0.27 -4.15
Ssangyong 44 0.02 1 0.00 4,300.00 420 0.04 10 0.00 4,100.00
Subaru 145 0.08 91 0.05 59.34 1,234 0.12 1,494 0.15 -17.40
Suzuki 2,200 1.16 1,671 0.91 31.66 12,768 1.21 10,599 1.03 20.46
Toyota 7,098 3.75 5,664 3.09 25.32 45,299 4.28 38,312 3.72 18.24
Vauxhall 21,334 11.26 23,613 12.89 -9.65 115,932 10.96 127,459 12.38 -9.04
Volkswagen 17,121 9.03 16,447 8.98 4.10 95,805 9.06 94,332 9.16 1.56
Volvo 3,146 1.66 3,237 1.77 -2.81 17,297 1.64 17,831 1.73 -2.99
Other British 117 0.06 52 0.03 125.00 545 0.05 535 0.05 1.87
Other Imports 70 0.04 70 0.04 0.00 511 0.05 506 0.05 0.99
Total 189,514 183,125 3.49 1,057,680 1,029,638 2.72