Pure electric cars are now expected to count for 8.9 percent of new car registrations in 2021, down from an earlier forecast of 9.3 percent.
“After one of the darkest years in automotive history, there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.
“A full recovery for the sector is still some way off, but with showrooms open and consumers able to test drive the latest, cleanest models, the industry can begin to rebuild.”
The SMMT has revised its full year forecasts upwards, on the back of the vaccine rollout, from 1.83 million vehicles to 1.86 million new cars.
“Market confidence is improving, and we now expect to finish the year in a slightly better position than anticipated in February, largely thanks to the more upbeat business and consumer confidence created by the successful vaccine rollout.
“That confidence should also translate into another record year for electric vehicles, which will likely account for more than one in seven new car registrations.”
Gallery: The fastest depreciating cars over the past 12 months (Motoring Research)
20. Peugeot 3008
19. Volkswagen Touran
18. Smart Forfour
17. Volvo S90 and V90
16. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
15. Vauxhall Astra
14. Honda Jazz
13. Kia Soul EV
12. Toyota Yaris Hybrid
11. Seat Alhambra
10. Vauxhall Zafira
9. Vauxhall Mokka and Mokka X
8. Kia Niro
7. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
6. Subaru Impreza
5. Citroen C-Zero
4. Jaguar XF
3. Toyota Prius+
2. Toyota Prius
1. Toyota Auris Hybrid
April 2021 best-selling cars
The Vauxhall Corsa is once again Britain’s best-selling new car. Year to date, it has clocked up more than 16,000 registrations – putting clear space between it and last year’s favourite new car, the Ford Fiesta.
The Corsa has been Britain’s best-selling car for eight of the past 12 months.
Surprisingly, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class came out second, ahead of the Ford Fiesta and the increasingly popular Ford Puma SUV.
The Volkswagen Golf family hatch rounded out the top five, while the Ford Kuga crept into 10th place to make it four Fords in the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars.
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