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DeptTransportVehicle Licensing Statistics: Quarter 3 (Jul-Sep) 2016


  • July to September 2016 saw the highest number of new vehicle registrations ever recorded in the third quarter, in Great Britain, at 893,000.
  • This was 0.2% higher than peak in 2002.
  • The most popular new car model in Great Britain in 2016 up to the end of September was the Ford Fiesta with 95,000 registrations, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa with 64,000; the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf both with 56,000 and the Nissan Qashqai with 49,000.
  • 893,000 vehicles registered for the first time
  • At the end of September 2016, 37.4 million vehicles licensed for use on road in Great Britain
  • 11,030 new ultra-low emission vehicles were registered for the first time in the UK, an increase of 47% on 2015 and 118% on 2014.

Full statistics: Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Quarter 3

Department for Transport

AMOnlineBlack Friday sees sales spike for car dealers

Car dealers enjoyed a one-day spike in sales on Black Friday, according to data from Dealerweb. Examining data from volume and premium brand dealers across the UK, the showroom management system provider found the number of vehicle sales completed on November 25 was 23% higher than on the previous Friday and 17% higher than on November 11. Vehicle enquiries were also up on the day, with dealers seeing 5% more enquiries on Black Friday than on November 18 and 15% more than November 11.

James Hill, sales operations director at Dealerweb, said: “These results suggest many dealers carried out extremely effective marketing campaigns.

“Given the greater increase in sales than enquiries, existing sales opportunities were maximised, with Black Friday offers really paying dividends.”

Four cities to ban diesel vehicles by 2025

Diesel vehicles are to be banned from the centres of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City by 2025. The announcement was made at the C40 Mayors Summit.

Mayor of Paris and chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Anne Hidalgo said: “We also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes – particularly for our most vulnerable citizens. Big problems like air pollution require bold action, and we call on car and bus manufacturers to join us.”

Head of the United Nations’ climate and clean air coalition Helena Molin said: “Soot from diesel vehicles is among the big contributors to ill health and global warming.”

She said nine out of 10 people live in air pollution conditions exceeding World Health Organisation safety limits. Engines running on diesel fuel generate nitrogen dioxide, a major cause of air pollution in cities.

Most consumers use three or more websites to find their new car

The majority of UK car buyers use three or more websites to find their next car, according to research from When asked how many car search websites they used to find their current car, 72% used three or more, 52% of respondents said between three and five and 20% said they had used more than six, while less than a third (28.4%) visited fewer than three websites before making their choice.

Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at, said: “This data overwhelmingly shows the importance of dealers having a presence across multiple car search websites. Each engagement with a dealer’s brand or stock will compound to help their decision making.”

Nissan looks to sharing as a future ownership model

Shared ownership could be a significant new way in which motorists use cars in the coming decades, according to the findings of research carried out by Nissan.

Nissan’s Future Lab research team has been conducting an experiment based on shared ownership. Last week, the manufacturer revealed the results of the experiment which put 10 cars at disposal of multiple households in cities in the US, Singapore and China in order to understand how they would share the vehicles after giving up their own cars for a month.

Nissan said that one of the most revealing findings of the experiment was that none of the subjects used their own car for the duration of the project, all finding ways to make the sharing work for them. The results of the project will inform Nissan’s planning for the coming decades, which will incorporate a range of new mobility options to meet the demands of car users over the coming decades.

Source: AM Online
Now driverless cars can tow other vehicles!

Nissan is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to a wharf for loading on transport ships. The Japanese carmaker thinks the technology will, in the long run, save costs and boost efficiency.

People still had to get inside each of the towed vehicles to drive them to the proper wharf, but Nissan hopes that as self-driving technology advances, cars will drive themselves into the ships on their own.

Driverless cars are still not allowed on regular public roads in Japan, although major carmakers are all working on such technology. Driverless driving is legal within private facilities such as Nissan’s.

Source: Car Dealer

BodyShopMagLogoAudi get the green light

Audi claims to be the first car manufacturer to connect its cars to city infrastructure – an important step towards autonomous driving.

In Las Vegas, USA Audi A4 and Q7 models are now able to display traffic-light phases directly in the car. Further US cities will follow, and introduction of the vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology is planned in Europe.

“For the first time, our cars are exchanging data with traffic infrastructure in real time. Drivers can adapt their behaviour to the situation and move through city traffic in a much more relaxed and controlled way,” said Andreas Reich, head of electronics pre-development at AUDI AG. “We increase energy efficiency when we connect our Audi models to smart cities. Further V2I services will follow, making the car into an interactive mobile device. We see autonomous driving as the end of this development.”

The first function of the Traffic Light Information V2I component is called ‘Time-to-Green’. In the Audi virtual cockpit or head-up display, drivers see whether they will reach the next light on green while travelling within the permitted speed limit. If not, a countdown is provided of the time remaining until the next green phase– and drivers can throttle back in good time.

Source: Bodyshop magazine



Posted by Sue Robinson on 09/12/2016