SMMT: New automobile registrations fall as provide points proceed to chunk

UK new automobile registrations fell by -9.0% to succeed in 112,162 models in July, in response to the most recent figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT)

UK new automobile registrations fell by -9.0% to succeed in 112,162 models in July, in response to the most recent figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT).1 The consequence marks the fifth month of consecutive decline, though the autumn is the smallest recorded this yr.2

Ongoing world provide chain points, predominantly the shortage of semiconductors, continued to frustrate order fulfilment, exacerbated by Covid lockdowns in key manufacturing and logistics centres in China, plus disruption from the conflict in Ukraine, all of which restricted manufacturing output and thus provide into the UK new automobile market.

Declines had been pushed primarily by a -18.2% fall in registrations by massive fleets, to 50,014 models, whereas shopper registrations remained regular at 59,847 models. Because of this, non-public registrations within the yr thus far are actually 3.7% up on 2021 as producers prioritise non-public clients.

Battery electrical automobile (BEV) uptake grew 9.9% to 12,243 models to attain a ten.9% market share for the month. Though that is the weakest month-to-month uplift recorded by BEVs because the pandemic, total progress within the yr has reached 49.9% to ship a 13.9% market share, illustrating the volatility within the provide chain. July was a weaker month for hybrid electrical automobile (HEV) uptake, with registrations falling -6.7% to take 12.2% of the market. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) fell -34.0% which minimize their market share to five.8%.

The primary half of the yr has proved more difficult than anticipated, because of the enduring severity and influence of the semiconductor scarcity and world battle.

Whereas the sector expects the second half to enhance as provide points begin to recede, it’s unlikely that the market will have the ability to recuperate the numerous losses sustained to date. The outlook for the complete yr has due to this fact been revised downwards to 1.6 million new automobile registrations – a -2.8% fall on 2021, with the business dealing with its most difficult yr for 3 a long time. Round two million registrations have been misplaced since Covid, successfully representing a lack of a yr’s registrations. Plug-in market share will proceed to develop, nonetheless, to succeed in 22.6% as producers prioritise funding in zero emission automobile manufacturing.

Likewise, though the 2023 outlook has additionally been revised downwards because the April estimate, it’s prone to be an enchancment on 2022, with total registrations anticipated to succeed in to 1.89 million (moderately than 2.02mn), with plug-ins comprising 27.8% of the market.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Govt, mentioned,

The automotive sector has had one other robust month and is drawing on its elementary resilience throughout a 3rd consecutive difficult yr because the squeeze on provide bedevils deliveries. Whereas order books are sturdy, we’d like a wholesome market to make sure the sector delivers the carbon financial savings authorities ambitions demand. The following Prime Minister should create the situations for financial progress, restore shopper confidence and help the transition to zero emission mobility.

1. July’s figures mirror a brief interruption to registrations processing at one producer on account of a deliberate methods improve affecting a restricted variety of automobiles. This doesn’t materially have an effect on the general market efficiency.
2. June -24.3%; Could -20.6%; April -15.8%; March -14.3%


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