2023 Automotive Sustainability Report

New vehicle registrations

In 2015, new car registrations rose by 6.3% to a record 2.63 million units. Growth was supported by an 11.8% rise in fleet demand, while private registrations rose by a more modest 2.5% after particularly strong growth in previous years.

Demand for petrol and diesel cars dominates, with a joint 97.2% share of the market. Both fuel types saw volumes rise in 2015, with petrol up 8.3% and diesel up 3%. However, a key trend was the ongoing rise in demand for AFVs, which grew 40.7% to more than 70,000 units and a record 2.8% market share – up from 2.1% in 2014.

The AFV segment has benefited from increased product availability, enhanced technical capabilities and consumers’ desire to lower their environmental footprint and tax spend. Registrations of pure electric (PE) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) rose by 94% in 2015 to represent 1.1% of the market, up from 0.6% in 2014. Petrol-electric hybrids still dominate the AFV sector, with registrations rising by 18.1%, while the diesel/ electric hybrid market also grew by 36.6%.


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