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Vehicle registrations - United Kingdom. February of 2017

Drop in number of British car registrations

In February, vehicle registrations in United Kingdom grew by 1.77% with respect to February of 2016. In total, 3,127,261 cars were registered and 3,127,261 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 1.77% more than the year before.

The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of February is:

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 429,869, 0.42% more than in February of 2016.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 83,115, which represents a figure of 0.34% less than in February of 2016.

United Kingdom is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.

A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by British residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 47.83 cars per 1,000 residents, 47.83 of them in the last month, United Kingdom, occupies 7th place, so, compared to the other countries in the ranking, its population has a good standard of living.

As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .

Changes in British vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have grown since 2007, as 2,738,603 were produced that year as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 44.84.

Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in United Kingdom. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about United Kingdom in en British economy.

United Kingdom - New motor vehicle registrations
DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
< 2016
February 201716,20683,11599,3211.52429,8692,697,3923,127,26147.83
January 201725,215174,564199,7793.06430,2602,697,6723,127,93247.84
December 201632,145178,022210,1673.21429,6662,692,7863,122,45247.76
November 201634,920184,101219,0213.35433,1012,694,8413,127,94247.84
October 201632,133180,168212,3013.25431,8592,689,6163,121,47547.74
September 201665,183469,696534,8798.18434,0562,687,1123,121,16847.74
August 201618,32981,64099,9691.53434,6812,679,9333,114,61447.64
July 201627,979178,523206,5023.16433,8972,677,3533,111,25047.59
June 201641,722255,766297,4884.55435,1692,677,2503,112,41947.60
May 201632,957203,585236,5423.62434,1092,679,3013,113,41047.62
April 201632,444189,505221,9493.39433,4042,674,4223,107,82647.53
March 201670,636518,707589,3439.01430,1842,670,6953,100,87947.43
United Kingdom - New motor vehicle registrations