06 July 2016 UK
Pre-Brexit Half Year Best Ever For UK Car Market
SMMT Chief warns too early to say if referendum had effect

(Picture: Ford Fiesta was No1 Seller in UK)
The UK new car market grew by a steady 3.2% in the first six months of the year, according to figures released today by SMMT. 1,420,636 new cars have been registered so far in 2016 the best half-year performance ever recorded.

Growth was reported across all fuel types, with diesel and petrol registrations growing 2.3% and 3.0% respectively in the year-to-date. Alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), meanwhile, continued the significant gains seen over previous months, up 21.3% compared with the first six months of 2015. AFVs now account for 3.2% of the overall new car market.

Demand in June eased slightly, with a -0.8% fall in registrations, meeting expectations that market growth would stabilise following a record 2015. Fleet registrations continued the trend of recent months, driving the market with a 4.5% rise and compensating for a -4.5% drop in private registrations.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, It is far too soon to determine whether the referendum result has had an impact on the new car market. The first six months saw strong demand at record levels but the market undoubtedly cooled over the second quarter. Its important government takes every measure to restore business and economic confidence to avoid the market contracting in the coming months.



Abarth 409 0.16
Alfa Romeo 415 0.16
Aston Martin 85 0.03
Audi 14,503 5.67
Bentley 188 0.07
BMW 18,712 7.32
Chevrolet 0 0.00
Chrysler 0 0.00
Citroen* 6,005 2.35
Dacia 1,957 0.77
DS* 1,772 0.69
Fiat 6,442 2.52
Ford 30,244 11.82
Honda 5,144 2.01
Hyundai 8,294 3.24
Infiniti 569 0.22
Jaguar 2,922 1.14
Jeep 1,473 0.58
Kia 8,403 3.29
Land Rover 5,669 2.22
Lexus 1,370 0.54
Lotus 9 0.00
Maserati 162 0.06
Mazda 4,014 1.57
Mercedes-Benz 15,566 6.09
MG 336 0.13
MINI 8,718 3.41
Mitsubishi 1,257 0.49
Nissan 13,785 5.39
Peugeot 8,773 3.43
Porsche 1,002 0.39
Renault 9,156 3.58
SEAT 4,245 1.66
Skoda 9,035 3.53
smart 1,005 0.39
Ssangyong 392 0.15
Subaru 325 0.13
Suzuki 3,358 1.31
Toyota 9,928 3.88
Vauxhall 25,578 10.00
Volkswagen 19,196 7.51
Volvo 4,824 1.89
Other British 76 0.03
Other Imports 450 0.18
Total 255,766



*Registrations for Citroen and DS were combined as Citroen until May 2015. As the Citroen figures for year-to-date 2015 include Citroen and DS registrations, please combine the 2015 registrations for Citroen and DS when comparing year-on-year results.