“The new car market saw a decline of-22% in August as supply constraints caused by the shortage of semiconductors continue to affect registrations”, said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK, commenting on the latest SMMT’s new passenger car registration figures.
New car sales decreased by 22% compared to the same month last year as supply constraints continue to affect registrations of new vehicles. A total of 68,033 units were registered in August, whilst 1,101,302 new cars have been registered in the first eight months of 2021.
Positively, demand for the battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid (HEV) vehicles grew by 32.2%, 72.1% and 45.7% respectively. Sales of diesel cars fell -64.5% and petrol were down -40.4%. Both registrations from fleet and private buyers declined, however sales to private consumers performed better in comparison (-15.2% as opposed to -27.5% for fleets).
Sue Robinson added: “It is encouraging to see that strong sales of electrified vehicles partly offset the monthly decline. Year to date, the market is 20% above last year, although the overall performance is not yet at pre-pandemic levels.
“Despite the decrease in new car registrations, franchised vehicle dealers are optimistic about their prospects for the remainder of the year as consumer confidence remains robust, as demonstrated by buoyant sales of used and nearly new cars.
“August is traditionally a quiet month and we look forward to seeing what the plate change month of September has in store”.
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.