UK car sales decrease 8.5% to 186,265 units in May   [ UK ]

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on June 5, UK car sales decreased 8.5% to 186,265 units in May 2017.
Year-to-date sales decreased 0.6%, with 1,158,357 cars registered in the first five months of 2017.
May sales for Ford decreased 13.6% to 20,514 units (11.0% market share) and Volkswagen sales decreased 2.5% to 15,656 units (8.4% share), while Mercedes-Benz sales increased 6.8% to 14,660 units (7.9% share).
GM Vauxhall sales in May decreased 13.9% to 14,041 units (7.5% share) and Audi sales decreased 1.5% to 13,764 units (7.4% share).
Of the five most popular vehicles in May, 7,617 Ford Fiestas; 5,449 Volkswagen Golfs; 4,970 Nissan Qashqais; 4,455 Ford Focuses; and 4,247 Volkswagen Polos were sold.
Compared to last May, diesel-engine car sales decreased by 20.0% to 81,489 units (43.7% share), gasoline-engine car sales increased 0.4% to 96,518 units (51.8% share), and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) sales increased 46.7% to 8,258 units (4.4% share).
In May, private car sales decreased 14.0% to 76,554 units (41.1% share), fleet sales decreased 5.3% to 103,657 units (55.7% share), and sales to businesses increased 20.1% to 6,054 units (3.3% share).
Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons decreased 5.3% this May to 26,982 units.
Sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons decreased 8.9% to 540 units in May.
Sales of taxis decreased 94.6% to 4 units in May.

(SMMT press releases from June 5, 2017) 1 / 2

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