It is the second lowest level of new car registrations in the UK in May 1992, with component shortages continuing to affect new purchases and fulfillment of existing orders, SMMT said.
At the same time, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Puma, Ford Kuga, Volkswagen Golf and MINI are among the best-selling models in May.
The market share of electric vehicles stood at 12.4% in May (from 8.4% in the same period in 2021), while for petrol vehicles it fell to 45.6% and for diesel vehicles to 6 ,1%. From 2030, sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK.
“It has been a difficult new month for the car market, the industry continues to be affected by the global shortage of components, but the increase in sales of electric vehicles is good news. Acceleration of infrastructure investment is needed to cope with this growth. The government must continue to support the network of charging points for electric vehicles, “said SMMT CEO Mike Hawes.
In the first five months of this year, sales of new cars in the UK fell by 8.7% to 661,121 units.
Between January and May 2022, Dacia sold 9,739 vehicles on the British market, up 67.16% compared to the same period in 2021, when it registered 5,826 units.
Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Puma, Nissan Qashqai, MINI and Kia Sportage are among the best-selling models in the first five months of this year.
The UK remains the second largest car market in Europe, after Germany, but ahead of France, Italy and Spain.
The situation in Romania
New car registrations in Romania increased in May 2022 by 24.05% compared to the same month in 2021, reaching a volume of 10,198 units, informs the Association of Romanian Car Manufacturers (ACAROM).
According to the quoted source, during the first five months of 2022, the registrations of new cars reached the value of 47,645 units, increasing by 32.92% compared to the similar period of 2021, respectively 35,845 units.
Regarding the second-hand cars registered for the first time in Romania, their volume reached in May 2022 the figure of 29,952 units, a decrease of – 5.1% compared to May 2021.
During the first five months of 2022, the second-hand cars registered for the first time in Romania reached the value of 135,275 units, decreasing by – 19.05% compared to the similar period of 2021, respectively 167,101 units.
Ranking of new car brands, January-May 2022:
1. DACIA = 12,616 units
2. HYUNDAI = 3,921 units
3. FORD = 3,699 units
4. TOYOTA = 3,565 units
5. SKODA = 3,307 units
6. VOLKSWAGEN = 2,934 units
7. RENAULT = 2,788 units
8. PEUGEOT = 1,636 units
9. MERCEDES = 1,590 units
10. KIA = 1,090 units
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