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Vehicle registrations - United Kingdom. April of 2019

Drop in number of British passenger car registrations

In April, vehicle registrations in United Kingdom fell by 2.67% with respect to April of 2018. In total, 190,795 cars were registered and 2,768,149 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 2.44% less than the year before.

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

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 29,731, 5.77% more than in April of 2018.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 161,064, which represents a figure of 4.08% less than in April of 2018.

United Kingdom is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 135 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 41.77 cars per 1,000 residents, 2.88 of them in the last month, United Kingdom, occupies 11th place in the ranking.

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 2009, as 2,180,067 were produced that year as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 35.14.

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.
April 201929,731161,064190,7952.88425,3022,342,8472,768,14941.77
March 201973,688458,054531,7428.02423,6792,349,6942,773,37341.85
February 201917,25281,96999,2211.50416,1862,365,7092,781,89541.98
January 201926,691161,013187,7042.83415,8122,364,5452,780,35741.95
December 201829,931144,089174,0202.63413,2422,367,1472,780,38941.95
November 201834,595158,639193,2342.92412,2522,375,5312,787,78342.06
October 201833,781153,599187,3802.83404,8482,380,4332,785,28142.03
September 201859,972338,834398,8066.02396,6112,385,0262,781,63741.97
August 201819,53094,094113,6241.71395,1152,472,3622,867,47743.27
July 201827,590163,898191,4882.89391,6342,454,7012,846,33542.95
June 201840,104234,945275,0494.15389,2622,452,8002,842,06242.88
May 201832,437192,649225,0863.40387,3542,461,3092,848,66342.98
< 2018
United Kingdom - New motor vehicle registrations
United Kingdom - New motor vehicle registrations