A year of successes, but the road ahead will be rougher
LAST YEAR was an incredibly successful one but this year will be tough. That was the message from the motor industry which said 2.69m cars were registered last year, two per cent higher than in 2015.
The industry body said 2016’s growth was due to “very strong” consumer confidence, lowinterest finance deals and the launch of several new models.
However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said this year was unlikely to set another record, with sales expected to fall by up to six per cent.
A number of major manufacturers had reasons to celebrate last year’s figures.
Ford recorded its highest ever commercial vehicle (CV) sales of 118,000 in 2016, while achieving 40 consecutive years of car sales leadership and 51 years of UK commercial vehicle (CV) sales leadership. The Fiesta was the best-selling car in 2016.
BMW Group in the UK achieved its best ever sales in 2016 with both BMW and MINI brands setting new UK records. In total 251,577 BMW and MINI vehicles were registered, an increase of 8.9 per cent over 2015.
Kia Motors (UK) Limited set yet another new record in 2016 with sales for the year totalling 89,363 a 13.8 per cent growth compared to 2015’s record total of 78,489.
Volvo secured its highest sales figures for a quarter of a century, with 46,696 cars sold in 2016. This is an increase of seven per cent on 2015’s results. The V40/V40 Cross Country was the highest-selling model in the UK, on 16,491, followed by the ever-popular XC60 (16,038) and the new XC90 (5,801).
Renault UK experienced further growth in 2016, reaching a five-year high of 85,102 car sales. With the introduction of All-New
Mégane and All-New Scénic in November, Renault now has the youngest model range in Europe. Sister brand Dacia recorded its best-ever year of sales of 25,842 vehicles.
Infiniti registrations in the UK reached 2,891 representing a 142 per cent increase year on year and confirms Infiniti as the fastest growing automotive brand in the UK throughout 2016.
REGISTRATIONS: Ford’s Fiesta, main image, was the best seller of 2016, while Infiniti, above, became the fastest growing UK brand.