The First Half in the U.K.
Although there are concerns as regards the U.S. new car market, over in the U.K. which is being continually roiled by Brexit—whatever it is going to turn out to be--, things aren’t looking good. In June new vehicle sales were down 4.9%, which is the fourth month running for a decline, according to the SMMT.
The only crossover in the top five vehicles sold in the U.K. in the first half, the Nissan Qashqai
There are some interesting aspects to what occurred worth noting. For example, diesel isn’t gaining any traction there. Compared to sales (year to date) in 2018, diesel sales were down 19.4%. Yet battery electric vehicles are gaining considerable traction: up 60.3% (although just accounting for 0.9% of the total market). Plug-in hybrids aren’t doing well, off 29.6 percent, but non-plug-in hybrids have shown an improvement, up 17.2% compared with 2018.
Mild hybrids, although still a small number (a total 4,293 YTD 2019), have had a sales increase of 551.5%.
Although crossovers are gaining considerable portion of the U.S. market, that’s not the case in the U.K. That is, the top five-selling vehicles so far this year are the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa, and the Nissan Qashqai. Only the last-named is a crossover.