New registrations of passenger cars have stayed relatively stable in the past fourteen years, part from noticeable declines in 2009 and 2011. In 2019, the most popular car model was the Ford Fiesta with more than 77,800 units sold. Ford was also the second best-selling car brand in the United Kingdom in March 2020, trailing only Volkswagen. That said, vehicle sales were much lower in March 2020 than one year earlier, as the automotive industry in the United Kingdom was hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Regarding international trading, export volumes of passenger cars fell to about one million units, down from a peak of 1.35 million units in 2016. In terms of changes of the consumer price index (CPI), in 2018 the CPI of vehicle purchases was measured at 103.1, which was a jump of more than 3 points from the year prior. By comparison, CPI of second-hand cars had been net declining since 2010.