1 in 10 new cars sold in November was hybrid or electric

Richard Aucock
Jaguar Land Rover retailer

New car registrations fell 1.3 percent in November 2019, but there was still a positive as alternative fuel vehicle sales reached a record market share for the second month running.

With a share of 10.2 percent, UK new car sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles show how British consumers are increasingly embracing future-fuel motoring.

All-electric cars alone grew 228 percent in November, with 4,642 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) registered – giving electric cars a three percent market share in November.

Hybrids were on 4.5 percent and plug-in hybrids on 2.8 percent.

Diesel, meanwhile, fell again, by a hefty 27.2 percent. Diesel new car registrations how comprise 23.6 percent of the overall UK market, compared with almost one in three new cars this time last year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “These are challenging times for the UK new car market, with another fall in November reflecting the current climate of uncertainty.

“It’s good news, however, to see registrations of electrified cars surging again, and 2020 will see manufacturers introduce plenty of new, exciting models to give buyers even more choice.”

Hawes still sounded a word of caution. “There is still a long way to go for these vehicles to become mainstream and, to grow uptake further, we need fiscal incentives, investment in charging infrastructure and a more confident consumer.”

UK new car sales – November 2019

Vauxhall Corsa Griffin

In the best-selling cars chart, there was a surprise: the Ford Fiesta was no longer number one. Or, indeed, number two.

The popular Ford supermini fell back to third place, with the outgoing Vauxhall Corsa (pictured above) taking top spot.

Presumably, run-out special offers are driving this; they’re also probably why the Kuga is at number two – that’s soon to be replaced, too.

The Ford Fiesta still leads the year-to-date sales chart, though – and by a clear margin over the Volkswagen Golf.

Best-selling cars: November 2019

1: Vauxhall Corsa

2: Ford Kuga

3: Ford Fiesta

4: Volkswagen Golf

5: Ford Focus

6: Mercedes-Benz A-Class

7: Nissan Qashqai

8: Mini

9: Volkswagen Polo

10: Volkswagen Tiguan

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