Ford remains the nations most popular car maker
By: Louis Cooper
Last updated: 25 September 2015
The Department for Transport released the latest quarterly statistics for registered cars earlier this year. There were over 789,000 vehicles registered for the first time between April and June. Showing a 9% increase on the same time last year. Vehicle registrations have seen a steady increase since the recession hit at the end of 2008 in line with the economic recovery. There are now a total of 36.3 million vehicles registered for road use in the UK. And with a population of 64.5 million people this means that more than one in two people own a car in the UK. And 19% of the population are not old enough to drive so that number goes up to nearly 70% of all adults that own a car.
The total number of licensed vehicles on the road have increased every year since the end of the Second World War except for 1991. Vans were the fastest growing vehicle type over the last year, with light goods vans up 17% on last year at 90,000 new registrations and HGVs up 38% at 11,900.
A big change has been in the amount of new ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) registered for the first time in the UK, up 138% on 2014. And the total alternative fuel vehicles licensed in Great Britain have increased 20% from a total of 248,000 over the year showing a huge interest in more efficient, less emission cars. The average emissions of new cars has fallen by 31% since 2001, however after the revelation of the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal, results for the December 2015 release of these statistics may say otherwise.
New car registrations in Great Britain are typically on season, with specific peaks in March and September of each year correlating with when the DVLA releases new number plate series.
The top five makers of cars included Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Peugeot and BMW accounting for 45% of all registered cars in Britain. In the battle between the big German manufacturers BMW leads with 1.5 million of their cars on Britain’s roads, followed by 1.3 million Audi’s and 1.2 millions Mercedes.
Other interesting data from the report was the number of registered cars in different regions. London was the area with the lowest number of registered vehicles at 357 per 1,000 residents which is no surprise due to its highly urbanised landscape. The highest rate of licensed vehicles can be found in the southern English regions with 692 vehicles per 1000 people in the South West.
The most popular car model remains the Ford Focus with 1.4 million on the roads and the Ford Fiesta not far behind at just under 1.4 million. And with 4.3 million Ford vehicles on Britain’s roads it seems the American motors are our nations favourite.