National Statistics

Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2012

Information on motor vehicles in Great Britain licensed on the 30 June 2012, or registered for the first time during April to June 2012.


Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2012 report

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Statistics are derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which administers vehicle registration and licensing records in Great Britain.

During April to June 2012:

  • there were 34.6 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain. Of these vehicles, 28.7 million were cars
  • the prevailing economic situation has a noticeable influence on trends in the number of licensed vehicles, especially commercial vehicles
  • a total of 604.9 thousand vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain. This represents a 3.8% increase in the number of first registrations from April to June 2011
  • a total of 961 new ultra-low emission vehicles was registered for the first time (in the UK as a whole). The number of cars and quadricycles was 728, up from 366 in April to June 2011. Of these, 473 were cars eligible for the DfT’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant
  • average CO2 emissions from new cars fell from 134.7 g/km in January to March 2012 to 133.2 g/km

The most popular car registered for the first time during the first half of 2012 was the Ford Fiesta, with almost 58,000 new registrations. The Vauxhall Corsa was the second most popular with 46,000 registrations, followed by the Ford Focus (43,000), Volkswagen Golf (35,000) and Vauxhall Astra (30,000)

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Published 13 September 2012