Figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) have revealed the continued battle new automobile gross sales is going through. The pandemic and a global semiconductor shortage – each been referenced by the SMMT – have taken their toll on the newest gross sales numbers. With 215,312 vehicles bought, September 2021 was 34.4% down in comparison with final yr and manner off the common 389,680 items for September over the previous decade.
There’s some hope nonetheless. 2021 is performing significantly better than the earlier yr because the UK returns to some normality. New automobile gross sales are up 5.9 per cent for the year-to-date and lots of are switching to electrical automobiles with a 87.9 per cent enhance of recent EV gross sales from 2020.
Nevertheless there’s nonetheless a protracted solution to go earlier than gross sales get better to the degrees pre-Covid. To assist counter the lockdown impact, a rising variety of companies have been offering online car buying solutions, from click on and accumulate to house supply, that may get you a brand new car in socially distanced safety.
So far as particular person mannequin outcomes go, the Vauxhall Corsa is main the best way to date in 2021 with a complete of 32,616 items bought, however this comparatively low determine solely signifies the struggles the business faces as we emerge from the pandemic.
The often dominant Ford Fiesta has had a poor yr by its personal excessive requirements, dropping to 3rd general. In the meantime Volkswagen shall be celebrating the achievement of its Golf – the German hatchback had a poor August however has overtaken the Fiesta into second spot throughout September, adopted by the Ford Puma – which climbed place final month to fourth.
The UK’s greatest promoting vehicles for 2021 to date
1. Vauxhall Corsa – 32,616
The runner-up within the best-selling vehicles of 2020 desk is main the best way in 2021. A brand new technology of Corsa has definitely helped it put strain on the Ford Fiesta (together with the all-electric Corsa-e mannequin), however there’s nonetheless a protracted solution to go earlier than it may well declare the general title for 2021. The Corsa did not even place within the prime 10 for July and solely managed seventh in August, but it surely returned to type in September, taking second place for the month.
2. Volkswagen Golf – 26,606
The Volkswagen Golf got here a decent third in 2020 so sitting in second place in 2021 will really feel like an important end result for the German large – and to date it’s on type to just do that. VW’s personal ID.3 may spell dangerous information for the Golf in future because the equally sized all-electric hatchback may eat into its gross sales. Ford shall be hoping its Puma together with the Fiesta will pile strain again on the Golf earlier than the yr is out.
3. Ford Fiesta – 26,360
The Ford Fiesta is struggling to seek out its type in 2021, it’s nonetheless lagging behind its key rival the Vauxhall Corsa and now it is misplaced a spot to the ever-popular Volkswagen Golf. Final yr’s hottest automobile was the eighth greatest vendor throughout August and it did not even function in September’s prime ten. A facelifted Fiesta might assist bump up gross sales in direction of the tip of the yr, but it surely could possibly be too little too late.
4. Ford Puma – 26,129
Ford’s controversial choice to call its new small SUV after a 90’s coupe would not appear to have broken its gross sales success. The Puma has a revelation for Ford – that includes on final yr’s prime 10 regardless of not being on sale for the complete yr and its recognition appears assured now with extra items being bought to date in 2021 than the Nissan Qashqai – making it the most well-liked SUV in Britain in 2021. It might even steal a spot from the Fiesta by the tip of the yr.
5. Mercedes A-Class – 24,944
The A-Class was Britain’s best-selling premium automobile in 2020. Regardless of being the smallest and most cost-effective automobile in Mercedes’ vary, consumers have been clearly not postpone because the hatchback surged to fifth place. A second-placed end for April and a fourth place for Could recommended the A-Class was cementing its place close to the highest of the best-selling vehicles desk this yr, however the mannequin disappeared from the highest 10 in June, and slumped behind shut rivals just like the Ford Puma and Kia Sportage for July. August show to be a bit higher because it crept nearer to the Golf with 1,047 gross sales.
6. Volkswagen Polo – 24,422
The Volkswagen Polo has steadily risen by way of the rankings this yr, sitting simply forward of the Kia Sportage in sixth. The German supermini bought over 4,000 items in September and issues may get even higher with the facelifted version on account of go on sale within the autumn – which may push gross sales up even additional.
7. Kia Sportage – 24,400
Dipping out and in of the highest 10 in 2020, the Kia Sportage is having a good 2021 to date. It dropped out of the highest ten for March however has come again sturdy. A new model will to go on sale quickly, so Kia shall be hoping for a late surge.
8. Toyota Yaris – 23,969
The Toyota Yaris was the second biggest-seller in July, third for August and fourth in September. Eighth general appears significantly spectacular given it is forward of vehicles just like the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Focus.
9. BMW 3 Collection – 23,253
The BMW 3 Series dropped a couple of locations up to now few months, however that is nonetheless a comparatively good month for the premium compact govt. There’s an opportunity the brand new all-electric i4 may additionally eat into gross sales of the equally sized 3 Collection because it arrives in showrooms this yr.
10. Nissan Qashqai – 22,535
Regardless of not having an all-electric possibility like a few of its rivals, the Nissan Qashqai stays a powerful contender within the best-selling vehicles checklist. Though it is had a July and August to neglect with it dropping out of the highest 10 for each of these months. It appears as if consumers have held off for the all-new version which has not too long ago gone on sale. Nonetheless, with the Ford Puma and Kia Sportage forward, the brand new automobile has its work cut-out to retain the title of Britain’s best-selling SUV.
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