UK car sales decrease 0.3% in February   [ UK ]

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on March 6, UK car sales decreased 0.3% to 83,115 units in February 2017.
February sales for Ford fell 13.9% to 9,909 units (11.9% market share), GM Vauxhall sales fell 19.9% to 6,299 units (7.6% share), while Volkswagen sales increased 9.4% to 7,326 units (8.8% share).
BMW sales in February increased 6.2% to 6,119 units (7.4% share) and Mercedes-Benz sales increased 17.4% to 6,099 units (7.3% share).
Of the five most popular vehicles in February, 4,282 Ford Fiestas; 2,949 Volkswagen Golfs; 2,170 Vauxhall Astras; 1,971 Ford Focuses; and 1,829 Nissan Qashqais were sold.
Compared to last February, diesel-engine car sales decreased by 9.2% to 36,981 units (44.5% share), gasoline-engine car sales increased 5.8% to 42,826 units (51.5% share), and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) sales increased 48.9% to 3,308 units (4.0% share).
In February, private car sales decreased 4.4% to 36,018 units (43.3% share), fleet sales increased 3.3% to 45,699 units (55.0% share), and sales to businesses decreased 5.3% to 1,398 units (1.7% share).
Light commercial vehicles (LCV) sales of 13,291 units in February 2017 represented a 4.3% decrease from February 2016 sales.
Sales of commercial vehicles between 2.5 and 3.5 tons decreased 1.3% this February to 8,753 units.
Sales of commercial vehicles between 3.5 and 6 tons increased 2.3% to 354 units in February.

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