In reverse: A decline in the number of new car registrations is expected to dent revenue in 2018-19

The industry performed strongly at the start of the five-year period through 2018-19. Rising incomes and low fuel prices encouraged motorists to purchase new cars, with new car registrations reaching record levels in 2016. Cheap finance deals, the wider availability of new technologies in new cars and the improved fuel economy offered by new models all contributed to the industry's strong performance. However, falling consumer confidence and business capital expenditure due to economic uncertainty have caused new car sales to fall significantly since. Total new car registrations declined by 5.7% in 2017 according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, with diesel fuel types particularly affected. This trend has continued in the current year, new car registrations fell by more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Recent economic uncertainty is expected to lower demand for big-ticket items such as cars
  • Diesel vehicle sales have declined significantly owing to concerns over their environmental impact
  • Changing attitudes towards diesel cars are expected to boost sales of AFVs and electric vehicles.
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The South EastThe South East accounts for a high number of establishments, at 15.7%, as it is home to a large proportion of the UK population. The South East is not as densely populated as London and the public transport network is not as extensive. Since the population is dispersed over a larger area than in London, demand for cars is higher. Furthermore, the South East is home to many high-income earners, which means that many households own two or more cars.The East of EnglandThis region accounts for the second highest number of establishments, at approximately 11.3%. The region is over-represented compared with its share of the population. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry are

  • Provision of superior after sales service
  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Guaranteed supply of key inputs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Consumer confidence index in the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry?

    Companies in this industry sell new cars and other light motor vehicles to consumers. Wholesalers that sell directly to fleet markets are included in the industry. The vehicles sold include passenger cars, SUVs, specialised vehicles such as ambulances and any other vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes. The sale of used vehicles is not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Hatchbacks
  • Saloons
  • Estates
  • Sports cars
  • Four-wheel drives and SUVs
  • Other light motor vehicles
  • Industry Activities
  • Selling new cars
  • Selling new light commercial vehicles
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Fuel prices
  • New car prices
  • Business capital expenditure

  • Current Performance
  • Decelerating sales
  • Green growth and diesel decline
  • Unprofitable performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Slippery prospects
  • Fuelling concern
  • Method of delivery
  • Electric prospects
  • Financing deals
  • Table: New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Taxi Operation
  • Car Rental & Leasing
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Freight Road Transport
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Hatchbacks
  • Saloons
  • Other light motor vehicles
  • Four-wheel drives and SUVs
  • Estates
  • Sports cars
  • Chart: New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Fleets
  • Private individuals
  • Businesses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd,
  • Table: Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the New Car & Light Motor Vehicle Dealers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Alternative Fuel Vehicle (Afv)
  • A vehicle that can be run on a combination of petrol and electricity, petrol and alcohol, petrol and gas or on electricity alone.
  • Light Motor Vehicle
  • Motor vehicles that weigh up to 3.5 tonnes. Some minivans fall into this category.
  • Sports Utility Vehicle (Suv)
  • A light motor vehicle that usually has four-wheel drive capability.
  • Supermini
  • A hatchback style car. They are larger than small urban cars but smaller than family cars and have a relatively powerful engine.
  • Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (Ulev)
  • A vehicle that typically has around 90% less emissions than an average vehicle.
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