Review of new cars sold in Britain last year, by Robin Roberts.
Ford remained the best selling brand with 9.37% of sales, but Volkswagen is close on its tail at 9.09% while Mercedes-Benz 6.8% and Audi 6.61% have swept past the likes of Vauxhall 5.85% and Nissan 4.41%.
It was, however, a bumper year for battery and plug-in hybrid electric cars, which together accounted for more than one in 10 registrations – up from around one in 30 in 2019. Demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) grew by 185.9% to 108,205 units, while registrations of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) rose 91.2% to 66,877.
Encouragingly, there is room for further growth as most of these registrations (68%) were for company cars, indicating that private buyers need stronger incentives to make the switch, as well as more investment in charging infrastructure, especially public on-street charging.
Top Ten UK Best Sellers 2020
Volvo XC40 25,023