The year 2021 does not start in the best way for the automotive industry, and UK is no exception. During the second month of the year, data from ACAP (UK’s Automobile Trade Association) reveals that they were registered 8311 new light vehicles in our country.
Light car sales in UK fell 59% in February compared to the same period last year
In comparative terms with the same month of 2020, pre-pandemic, there was an abrupt drop of 59% in sales. At a time when brands like Tesla managed to grow compared to the same period last year, the market leaders Peugeot and Renault fell.
Tesla sold 66 more cars in February than in the same month of 2020
Tesla has a great positive trend. The 100% electric manufacturer sold 140 cars during this period (66 more than in 2020). In the first two months of the year, the company led by Elon Musk saw 262 vehicles registered in our country, with a total growth of 45%.
It is good to note that despite the clear growth of Tesla, the shortfall in sales in the electric segment was also felt. Compared to February of last year, sales fell 40%, from 815 to 481 vehicles.
During this month, Peugeot returned to lead in the passenger car segment with 1581 new registrations. Second, but far behind, is Mercedes with 853 vehicles sold. Citroen closes the podium with 811 vehicles registered in February.
Renault increasingly far from the leadership of the automotive sector in UK
Far from the glory times in our country, Renault seems to be. A year ago it had a market share of 13.8%, now having half – 6.9%. During the last month, it ranked fourth overall with 575 new registrations registered.
Looking at the outlook, Mitsubishi is experiencing the biggest drop compared to February 2020 – 96%. For the general drop in sales, the closure of car stands during the confinement period imposed in recent weeks is pointed out as a major culprit.
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