SMMT statistics show that UK new car registrations in August declined by -5.8% year on year. Eight month year to date registrations were nearly -40% down at 915,615 units.
Just over 87,000 units were registered in the traditionally quietest month of the year. Registrations to private buyers held steady (down -1.7%). Year to date private purchases are down -35.6%.
UK fleet demand was down -5.5% in the month, bringing the eight month situation to a -42.6% deficit year on year, putting 2020 some 600,000 units behind last year.
Zero emission-capable vehicles enjoyed a strong August as new models came onto the market, with plug in hybrid sales up +221%, although still only accounting for one in thirty registrations. Battery Electric car registrations were up +77.6% in August.
Eight month registrations of diesel powered cars were down -59.7%, compared with petrol cars at -44.6%. Sales of all AFV types were up by more than half year on year, to represent around a 23% share of new car registrations.
Light commercial vehicle registrations for August were down -16.1% on same month 2019. The SMMT says the van market has been more robust than originally predicted, but LCV registrations are still down -36.4% year to date.