At a time when geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe have set the entire planet on fire, Dacia fans have good news. The builder from Miveoni has just registered an important victory.
In February 2022, sales of new cars in the UK increased by 15% to 58,994 units. This number is all the more impressive in the context of the global shortage of semiconductors which continues to be a problem for most manufacturers in the automotive industry and beyond. More interesting than that, however, in the announcement of the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Dealers of the United Kingdom (SMMT) is the performance of Dacia in this country.
Important victory for Dacia in Great Britain
Although the car market is far from returning to pre-pandemic performance, there are still important signs of recovery. At the moment, however, new car registrations are below the level of February 2020 by about 25.9%, even with the 15% increase mentioned above compared to 2021.
However, if we look at Dacia, the Mioveni manufacturer has registered 379 vehicles in the United Kingdom, up by about 30% compared to the same period in 2021, when it registered only 293 units. Between January and February 2022, Dacia sold 2,232 vehicles on the British market, up 98.05% compared to the same period in 2021, when it registered 1,217 units. At this time, the victory was recorded, in order, by Vauxhall Corsa, Mini, Vauxhall Mokka, Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3.
As in other developed countries in Europe, the market share of electric cars is growing at an accelerated pace in the UK as well. This is 17.7% in February 2022, compared to 6.9% in the same period in 2021. Gasoline vehicles have now reached 40.6%, while the diesel part we are talking about 6.6%. It is important to note that from 2030, sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK.
“Despite the traditionally low figures in February, consumers are increasingly switching to electric vehicle purchases. More than ever, there is a need to accelerate infrastructure investment to cope with this growth. The government must continue to support the charging point network for electric vehicles, “said SMMT CEO Mike Hawes.
The UK is the second largest car market in Europe, after Germany, but ahead of France, Italy and Spain.