New car registrations in the United Kingdom fell by 34.4 percent year-on-year to 215,312 units in September 2021. It was the lowest figure for a September month since 1998, before the twice-a-year number plate system was introduced, as the auto industry continued to be plagued by supply issues caused by semiconductor shortages. September is typically the second busiest month of the year for the industry, but with the ongoing shortage of semiconductors impacting vehicle availability, the 2021 performance was down some -44.7 percent on the pre-pandemic ten-year average. However, September was the best month ever for new battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake. With a market share of 15.2%, 32,721 BEVs joined the road in the month, reflecting the wide range of models now available and growing consumer appetite. source: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT)

Car Registrations in the United Kingdom averaged 153923.48 from 1962 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 562337 in March of 2017 and a record low of 4321 in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Car Registrations - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Car Registrations - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Car Registrations in the United Kingdom is expected to be 136000.00 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Car Registrations is projected to trend around 169000.00 in 2022 and 185000.00 in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Car Registrations


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-09-06 08:00 AM Aug -22% -29.5% -16%
2021-10-05 08:00 AM Sep -34.4% -22% -14%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Car Registrations 215312.00 68033.00 Sep/21
Car Production 67149.00 37246.00 Units Sep/21

News Stream
UK New Car Sales Fall 34.4% in September
New car registrations in the United Kingdom fell by 34.4 percent year-on-year to 215,312 units in September 2021. It was the lowest figure for a September month since 1998, before the twice-a-year number plate system was introduced, as the auto industry continued to be plagued by supply issues caused by semiconductor shortages. September is typically the second busiest month of the year for the industry, but with the ongoing shortage of semiconductors impacting vehicle availability, the 2021 performance was down some -44.7 percent on the pre-pandemic ten-year average. However, September was the best month ever for new battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake. With a market share of 15.2%, 32,721 BEVs joined the road in the month, reflecting the wide range of models now available and growing consumer appetite.
2021-10-05
UK New Car Sales Fall 22% in August
New car registrations in the United Kingdom fell by 22.0 percent year-on-year to 68,033 units in August 2021, which is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year for new car registrations ahead of the important plate-change in September. The monthly performance was the weakest since August 2013, and down -7.6 percent against the average recorded over the last decade, due in part to constrained supply as the global shortage of semiconductors continued to undermine production volumes. Registrations by private, business and fleet buyers all fell by double digits in the month with fleet purchases down -27.5 percent, a loss of 12,627 units. Private activity held up better, with registrations dropping -15.2 percent to 33,771 units.
2021-09-06
UK New Car Sales Drop 29.5% in July
New car registrations in the United Kingdom fell by 29.5 percent year-on-year to 123,296 units in July 2021, the weakest July for new car registrations since 1998, as the ongoing semiconductor shortage and the ‘pingdemic’ impacted on both supply and demand. Still, the decline was artificially heightened by comparison with the same month last year, when registrations rose dramatically as showrooms enjoyed a full month’s operation following the first 2020 lockdown. The latest SMMT outlook has been revised downward and now forecasts registrations to reach around 1.82 million units in 2021, due to supply challenges. This is still some 11.7 percent up on 2020, but down from the 1.86 million forecast in April, and down around -21.8 percent on the average new car market recorded over the past decade.
2021-08-05

United Kingdom Car Registrations
In the United Kingdom, Car Registrations refers to total registration of new passenger cars.