True fleet registrations in the United Kingdom dropped 9.3%, and registrations in the total market were down by 3.4%, with the negative declines expected to continue along with the current nervous buying sentiment until Brexit has concluded.
Similar to Spain, Volkswagen led the way in terms of fleet registrations in the U.K. and took the No. 1 spot for the first time in 2019, according to Dataforce. This was followed by Mercedes-Benz in second with a 7.2% performance, and BMW holding the No. 3 spot with a 13.2% increase. BMW has previously retained the No. 1 spot in February.
This was followed by Ford in fourth and Audi in fifth.
Meanwhile Opel, which was in seventh, experienced the highest decrease in fleet registrations with a 55.2% drop. Despite this, registrations of its Grandland X tripled.
Speaking on fuel type, neither the diesel or petrol segment could post a positive in March, but both hybrid (+ 6.7%) and battery-electric vehicle types did, growing 6.7% and 98.9% respectively.
The top three EVs were the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and the Jaguar I‑Pace. For hybrids, Toyota led the way with the C-HR finishing in front of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Toyota Yaris.