The UK new car market achieved another record year in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million.
Fleet and business sales drove the growth, with 1.48 million vehicles registered, up from 1.42 million in 2015.
The SMMT’s latest registration figures show overall uplifts in 10 out of the last 12 months, albeit finishing with a December down slightly by -1.1% – with 178,022 new cars registered in the month.
Diesel and petrol cars continued to be by far the most popular fuel types for consumers with market share at 47.7% and 49.0% respectively. However, alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) experienced a strong uplift in demand, up 22.2% across the year. Plug-in hybrids and petrol electric hybrids, in particular, experienced significant growth, with demand up 41.9% and 25.1% respectively. Meanwhile, more than 10,000 motorists chose to go fully electric in 2016 – up 3.3% on 2015.
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Posted on 6th January 2017
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