Fleet registrations in the United Kingdom are down 6.2% year to date when compared to the first half of last year, and the second quarter of the year finished without a positive month.
True fleets in the country also reported a 7.2% drop for the month of June alone, according to a report from Dataforce. Despite the declines, some of the top OEMs in the market thrived in the adverse conditions, including Volkswagen, which retained the No. 1 spot. This was followed by Ford in second place, which saw strong registrations from the Fiesta, Ecosport and the Ka+ subcompact car, helping it finish with a 17.8% increase and marking its first month of growth since August 2018.
Also seeing significant growth, as two of the top 10 brands, Toyota and SEAT took the No. 8 and No. 9 slots, respectively, gaining some great results for not only the month but year to date as well. Toyota registered a 23.4% for June and 8.2% growth, year to date, while SEAT grew by 30.8% and are up 11.5%, year to date.
Fleets in the light commercial vehicle segment, specifically, are reported as having a very positive year so far. For the month of June there was an increase of 11.6% while year-to-date figures show the segment up 8.4%. Ford was the leader in this segment in the U.K.