Car Sales | First Quarter 2018

Posted 27/03/2018 : By: Leigh Purling

As we approach the end of the first quarter for 2018 it's becoming quite apparent that Car Sales aren't out in front compared to previous years. 

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders [SMMT] were able to confirm that only 163,615 new motors were driven off of forecourts in January 2018, a complete U-Turn in it's results with a staggering -6.3% drop compared to results of January 2017.

MonthYearRegistrations Of New Cars In The UK
January2016169,678
February201683,395
January 2017174,564
February201783,115
January2018163,615
February201880,805

The dip has also continued into February with a drop of -2.8% in sales, traditionally one of the quietest months for the industry just before the March number plate change.

As we approach the end of March, experts have begun to predict that we will reach a 6% decline for new car sales in 2018. 
Whilst this is sad news for dealerships, it does mean that there will be more bargains for those who do buy! 

Last year Ford Motors took the lead in sales and have had a repeat victory again so far in 2018. Below are the figures for the top five and bottom five brands of 2018 to date.

Top Five Brands

BrandJanuary 2018February 2018
Ford Motor Company19,65412,046
Volkswagen UK12,5797,036
Mercesdes-Benz UK11,8916,088
Audi11,8066,141
Vauxhall Motors12,6524,860

Bottom Five Brands

BrandJanuary 2018February 2018
Chevrolet UK11
Lotus1212
Morgan1014
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars264
Lamborghini2050

If you think you've got what it takes to turn these figures around we have a list of available vacancies in Car Sales. 

Alternatively, if you would like to get in touch regarding any other vacancies please do email in or call us on 01603 717187.


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