Volkswagen car sales in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016-2019

German vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen sold 14,687 cars in the United Kingdom in December 2019. Generally, sales figures were highest in March and September of each year, with September 2018 being a notable exception. The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency issues new registration plates in September and March, which usually corresponds with an increased sales volume. The company’s UK market share in December 2019 amounted to 9.86 percent.


In 2015, Volkswagen was caught deliberately cheating in emissions tests, by fitting their diesel cars with software designed to lower emissions levels in testing conditions, in order to meet respective air quality standards. Although they were not the only car maker exposed for such practices, as the first name connected with the scandal, Volkswagen became synonymous with “Dieselgate”. As of April 5, 2019, the European Commission has come to the preliminary conclusion that German carmakers Volkswagen, BMW and the Daimler AG had breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to mitigate competition on emissions technology.

Volkswagen maintains UK market position

Despite Volkswagen’s struggles, the company was able to maintain its market postion in the UK and also topped a list of largest automotive companies by revenue in 2017.

Volkswagen car sales in the United Kingdom (UK) from July 2016 to December 2019

Units sold
Dec 1914,687
Nov 1915,311
Oct 1913,733
Sep 1919,632
Aug 1911,334
Jul 1915,183
Jun 1920,474
May 1915,737
Apr 1915,161
Mar 1938,335
Feb 197,960
Jan 1913,224
Dec 1816,010
Nov 1815,772
Oct 1813,666
Sep 1816,282
Aug 1811,255
Jul 1816,761
Jun 1823,224
May 1818,097
Apr 1814,607
Mar 1837,843
Feb 187,036
Jan 1812,579
Dec 1715,345
Nov 1713,985
Oct 1713,756
Sep 1736,332
Aug 176,923
Jul 1714,094
Jun 1722,639
May 1715,656
Apr 179,954
Mar 1739,485
Feb 177,326
Jan 17 12,967
Dec 16 15,634
Nov 16 14,023
Oct 16 14,023
Sep 16 33,722
Aug 16 5,694
Jul 16 14,038
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Release date

January 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

July 2016 to December 2019*

Supplementary notes

* Data for previous months provided by the source.

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