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Vehicle registrations - United Kingdom. April of 2020

British passenger car registrations fall in April

In April, vehicle registrations in United Kingdom fell by 95.28% with respect to April of 2019. In total, 9,003 cars were registered and 2,116,517 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 23.54% less than the year before.

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

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 4,682, 84.25% less than in April of 2019.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 4,321, which represents a figure of 97.32% less than in April of 2019.

United Kingdom is among the ten countries where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 137 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 31.76 cars per 1,000 residents, 0.14 of them in the last month, United Kingdom, occupies 14th 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 declined since 2010, as 2,373,279 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 37.97.

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 20204,6824,3219,0030.14362,6281,779,7202,116,51731.76
March 202034,234254,684288,9184.34387,6771,936,4632,298,30934.48
February 202016,85079,59496,4441.45427,1312,139,8332,541,13338.13
January 202027,329149,279176,6082.65427,5332,142,2082,543,91038.17
December 201932,576148,997181,5732.72426,8952,153,9422,555,00638.34
November 201931,452156,621188,0732.82424,2502,149,0342,547,45338.22
October 201931,048143,251174,2992.62427,3932,151,0522,552,61438.30
September 201947,074343,255390,3295.86430,1262,161,4002,565,69538.50
August 201925,831443,024
July 201928,93092,573121,5031.82436,7232,251,0732,687,79640.33
June 201948,354223,421271,7754.08435,3832,322,3982,757,78141.38
May 201934,268183,724217,9923.27427,1332,333,9222,761,05541.43
< 2019
United Kingdom - New motor vehicle registrations
United Kingdom - New motor vehicle registrations