UK Volkswagen sales down 20% in November 2015

The latest new car registration figures have revealed that Volkswagen registrations have dropped by 19.99% in November 2015 compared to the same period last year.

Seemingly hit by the dieselgate emissions scandal, Volkswagen registered 12,958 new cars in the UK last month – in contrast to 16,196 in November 2014.

That’s according to new car registration data released today by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

And it’s not just Volkswagen that’s been affected. VW Group budget brand Skoda’s registrations have dropped by 10.98% compared to the same month last year, while SEAT’s registrations are down 23.83%.

It’s not entirely bad news for Volkswagen Group, however. VW’s year-to-date registrations are up 4.5% in 2015, as it’s registered more than 209,000 cars so far this year – giving it a market share of 8.67% (compared to 8.53% in November 2014).

Skoda’s year-to-date registrations are down 1.4% however, and SEAT’s are down 8.16%.

The news comes after Volkswagen reported a 24.7% sales slump during November in the crucial US market.

In the States, Volkswagen sold fewer than 24,000 cars in November – with Golf and Passat models being hardest hit.

Return to form for UK new car registrations

Volkswagen aside, the figures paint a healthy picture of new car registrations in the UK.

Following October’s decline – the first in 44 months – registrations were up 3.8% in November 2015 compared to the same period last year, with 178,876 new cars registered last month.

That results in an increase of 2% year-to-date compared to this time last year.

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said: “November’s figures come as a reminder of the strength of the UK car market, as low interest rates and competitive finance deals continue to attract consumers to new car ownership. We have been expecting a levelling-off in demand for some time now – a development that is being realised following an unprecedented three-and-a-half years of non-stop growth.”

The best-selling cars in November 2015 are as follows:

1: Ford Fiesta 7,826
2: Vauxhall Corsa 7,267
3: Ford Focus 4,868
4: Volkswagen Golf 4,336
5: Vauxhall Mokka 3,928
6: MINI 3,464
7: Nissan Qashqai 3,306
8: Vauxhall Insignia 3,197
9: Audi A3 3,190
10: Vauxhall Astra 3,141