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As expected, the rate of recovery of the used car market in the UK slowed a little in August.
According to registration figures released by the SMMT, the UK’s new car market recorded its seventh monthly decline in August with a 5.8% reduction compared to last year.
Rob Donaldson looks at the latest figures for the new car market.
The light commercial vehicle (LCV) sector continues to navigate a period of instability, remaining sensitive to economic changes.
Since motorcycle dealers reopened following lockdown, the market has remained busy with strong sales and enquiries throughout August.
This month, the Van’s Headlights considers the Peugeot Bipper.
The rise of the automatic gearbox
Following a strong recovery in June, motorcycle registrations accelerated in July.
Manufacturers and dealers will take some comfort from the latest new car registration statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The recovery of the UK used car auction market continued through July.
Assistant Car Editor, Rebecca Platt, looks at how the Renault Megane has changed since it was first revealed in 1995.
Glass’s Forecast Editor Andy Cutler considers the latest technology featured on many new cars and asks a simple question “is it a step forward?”
With the coronavirus lockdown easing and businesses back to work, it is encouraging to record a 7.1% growth in the new light commercial vehicle market.
Used convertible demand up in lockdown
This month, the Van’s Headlights considers the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
What impact has the shift to more online auction attendance had on the market?
What were the main talking points in June and July?
Has the residual value strenrth of RV's peaked in the UK?
Ford Mustang Mach E raises the stakes in the BEV race
What were the main talking points in May and June?
Registrations in April suffered a substantial decline of 83.5%, due to the UK being in lockdown in the wake of Covid-19. During May, however, the government began the process of easing restrictions, albeit very gradually.
Whilst the circumstances of the latest economic downturn are very different to those that affected the economy in 2008/9, used car values could in theory follow a similar trajectory.
It is satisfying to report how much positive feedback Glass’s editorial team has received in regards to the strength of the market, even prior to the reopening of showrooms on June 1.
Unprecedented circumstances put the 2020 season on hold
How have new and used car prices changed since the start of the Millennium?
This month, the Van’s Headlights analyses the LCV market in detail, investigating vehicles in demand and the volumes sold in May.
Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1984, the SEAT Ibiza reached UK shores a year later.
With the coronavirus lockdown continuing to affect the new light commercial vehicle market, registrations fell heavily again in May.
Jonathan Brown looks at the year ahead in the used car market.
Car Editor Andy Cutler takes a look at BEV market penetration in the last 10 years.
Glass’s Live Retail tool, gathers a number of different types of retail data – these include not just the length of time a vehicle spends on the forecourt, but also the asking price when initially listed as well as its final asking price.
Practicality and economy, paired with good handling and enviable payload
Motorcycle registrations in January and February recorded growth over last year, suggesting the possibility of a positive year for 2020.
As a degree of normality starts to return to everyday life, the holiday home market is still waiting for confirmation as to when holiday parks can officially reopen.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) for the January 2020 show the moving-annual-total for motorhome registrations was up 5%, at 15,362 units.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the January 2020 moving-annual-total for holiday homes production was down 4.7%, at 20,791 units.
As the UK exits the European Union, a new threat to economic stability emerges.
With the whole of the UK in coronavirus lockdown during April, it was no surprise to see new registrations decline dramatically.
In the key plate-change month of March, the UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market fell 54.3%.
Our service remains uninterrupted during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor, Andy Picton, looks at the likely impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the LCV market
Assistant Car Editor, Rebecca Platt, looks at how the Skoda Fabia compares to it's Mini counterpart on performance and residual values.
According to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), February registrations were 2.8% ahead of last year. In view of January and February 2019 also recording growth over the previous year, this is good news.
Enjoying a positive start to the year, January’s new LCV market was up 5.9% on the same point in January 2019.
Registrations of Ford Mondeos fell below 5,000 in 2019. It is a far cry from the circa 100,000 registered back in 1998, when Mondeo was the staple of company car fleets , with drivers often referred to as ‘Mondeo Man’.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the volume of motorcaravans registered between January and September this year was up 4.6% compared to 2018, at 12,988 units.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the volume of holiday homes produced between January and September this year was down 8.9% compared to 2018, at 15,576 units.
With 2019 drawing to a close, it has been another challenging year for the industry. Is 2020 likely to fair better?
January 2019 started on a positive note, however, as the year progressed significant growth proved difficult for the motorcycle industry.
December’s new LCV market returned to growth following three months of decline growing 7.8% with only the pickup sector failing to grow.
For those who want a practical and versatile small van with a well-established pedigree
The 26,238 Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) registered in November represented the third consecutive monthly decline, down 9.6% versus November 2018.
Boris Johnson’s gamble on a Christmas election has paid off. What might it mean for the UK automotive market?
For those wanting a reliable off-roader with a great level of specification
Despite 2019 starting strongly, this year is proving to be a tough one for the motorcycle market. Against
Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations fell for the second month running, with total registrations falling 11.0% versus October 2018.
For those wanting a reliable large high roof van with brand status
When will used values for electric vehicles reach parity with diesel and petrol?
For those wanting reliability and economy
September registration totals marked the first decline of 2019 for new Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs), with total registrations falling 23.5% versus September 2018.
Over the past three years, used car trade and retail prices continue to show consistency. Through 2017 and for the most part of 2018, the development of average prices was benign.
At this time of political uncertainty, economic considerations continue to weigh on MPs’ minds as they debate the UK’s withdrawal from Europe.
Can power and value go hand in hand?
Following a significant downturn in motorcycle registrations in June, July made a modest recovery.
Once again, summer is behind us and whilst variable compared to last year, it provided a fair amount of hot weather, with the UK temperature rising in July, to a new record of 38.7C in Cambridgeshire.
Brexit lingers on. Today in the UK, the staycation holiday continues to grow in popularity, regardless and because of Brexit.
Data released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) shows volumes of motorhomes registered between January and July this year was up 5.1% compared to 2018, at 10,440 units.
August returned the eighth consecutive month of growth for new Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) as registrations rose 41% versus August 2018.
Celebrating the ‘longevity and dependability’ of the Volkswagen Caddy
With sales of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) on the rise, has range anxiety decreased or is still a concern for drivers?
July registrations grow following a dismal June and stalling May.
The third generation Ford Transit, 'the backbone of Britain' is Glass's Used Van Hero for August
July returned the seventh consecutive month of growth for new Light Commercial Vehicles as registrations rose by 10.95% versus July 2018
In 1996, Lotus released the Elise. A lightweight fibreglass body over an aluminium frame, it weighed in at just 725kg.
As we reach the halfway point in the year, we reflect on how the UK new and used car markets have developed together with a possible direction for the rest of the year and 2020.
After a positive start to 2019, new motorcycle sales declined for the second consecutive month in June.
June returned the sixth consecutive month of growth for new Light Commercial Vehicles as registrations rose by 13.5% versus June 2018
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), show that holiday home manufacturers produced 8,997 units as of the end of May 2019, which is a decrease of 15.5% compared to last year.
New MOT rules means failure rate is set to reach 1.5 million for the full year, doubling the amount of emissions related failures.
Despite extensive negativity in the press towards diesel following the emissions scandal of 2015, and a sudden resurgence of interest in petrol, used diesel values have held up very well.
Summer has arrived, but the political backdrop continues to be a distraction to customers with the delay to Brexit, an imminent change of prime minister and the chance of a general election.
The Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive, for those wanting reliability and economy, is named Glass’s Used Van Hero for June.
Demand for new LCVs increased by 5.4% in May versus May 2018.
As the Nissan Micra nears it's fourth decade of production, Jonathan Brown looks at the rise of an unlikely ugly duckling.
Positive news for new and used motorcycle sales, but caution is still advised.
The Skoda Octavia vRS has increased in popularity over the last few years, with trade residual values for petrol and diesel versions rising in line with demand.
Demand for new LCVs increased by 4.7% in April
Electric vehicles (EVs) have had a rough ride over the decades with little investment in their design, as most major manufacturers considered the product too niche.
The M3 is a high performance variant that sits at the top of BMW’s 3-Series range.
Throughout the 1990s, the benchmark C-segment car was the Ford Escort. A popular car with a loyal following that became a British icon.
In recent news, the EU has provisionally planned that by 2022 all new cars; buses; vans and trucks will be fitted with a speed limiter device.
Congratulations to the Land Rover Defender 90 XS Hard Top (2007 to 2016)
Glass’s Used Van Hero for May
How likely is this to affect new and used motorcycle sales?
In the busiest sales month for LCVs, demand for the new 19 plate generated 66,123 registrations, a 10.6% increase versus 2018.
Congratulations to the Ford Ranger Wildtrak Auto Pick Up (2016 to present) Glass’s Used Van Hero for April
Today most manufacturers of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) include automatic transmission options in their ranges.
Despite this positive result, dealers reported that demand was not in line with optimistic stock ordering for the 2018 season, with lots of units remaining unsold.
National Caravan Council figures show holiday home production fell 1.1% last year, with 22,367 units produced.
The 2019 season is well underway with key holiday periods approaching fast.
The motorcycle market looks strong, but the true test will be with the analysis of March’s sales in this key plate-change month
The RX-8 stands out from the crowd with its rotary Wankel engine.
Congratulations to the Ford Fiesta Sport van 2012 - 2017, Glass’s Used Van Hero for March
Last month, van sales steadied with 14,384 units registered.
The Citroen Berlingo 625 Enterprise 75bhp is Glass’s Used Commercial Vehicle Hero for February 2019
Rob Donaldson, Car Editor, looks at how the Jeep Wrangler stacks up against it's competition
Falling new car registration suggests there are still WLTP-induced supply constraints and that Brexit uncertainty is hurting consumer confidence.
The Peugeot Boxer Professional (2016 – Present) is Glass’s Used Commercial Vehicle Hero for January 2019
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show that manufacturers produced 18,986 units between January and October 2018, an increase of 0.5% on the same period in 2017.
2018 sees a delay in older part-exchange vehicles reaching auction halls
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the volume of motorcaravans registered between January and October 2018 were up 3.5% compared to last year.
With 2018 drawing to a close, the best way to describe the year was one of a challenge, with sales failing to live up to expectations. Is 2019 likely to be similar?
Lacklustre registration results mix with used stability in November
Registrations stagnant overall, steady as she goes for used
Rob Donaldson, Car Editor, ponders the best approach to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV)
Buoyant used trucks sales raise hopes for strong year-end
Registrations record modest growth in September, used more variable.
Motorcycle dealers report mixed fortunes in recent months
Mercedes-Benz market update
Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor shares his views
Auction volumes remain steady with dealers paying a premium for the best stock...
BMW - a detailed look at the M5 (E34)
Emissions scandals, tax changes and new legislation have not written the epitaph for diesel cars just yet...
Congratulation to the Toyota Proace Glass’s Used Van Hero for October
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), the cumulative of motorcaravans first registered in June were up 4.2% compared to last year, at 8,552 units.
July 2018 year to date figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show production of 14,208 units, an increase of 4.6% on the same period in 2017.
Forecast Editor, Andy Cutler, takes a deep dive in to electric vehicles
New motorcycle registrations grow in August whilst the used market remains steady.
It has been a tough year for the touring caravan industry and 2018 has not repeated the same level of success as the last few years.
Congratulation to the Ford Connect Glass’s Used Van Hero for August
SUVs have taken over UK roads in recent years with most manufactures producing at least one and some manufactures specialising in them.
The UK Government has a desire to rid the UK roads of the most polluting cars. Older cars now have a tougher MOT testing regime to contend with.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles increased for the first time since May as 16,394 new vans and pickups hit UK roads for the first time during August.
New truck registrations are down again for the second quarter of 2018.
The MG brand has evolved over the years and now includes a three-model line-up. The MG3, MG GS and the latest model, the MG ZS.
Following new market growth in June, July results were a little disappointing, whilst used remains buoyant.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles declined -5.9% in July as 23,309 new vans and pickups were registered for the first time.
Congratulation to the Volkswagen Amarok Glass’s Used Van Hero for August
In an attempt to improve air quality in the Capital, an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be introduced in central London from 8 April 2019.
The HGV Market as a whole is slow at present. Every dealer in the country is searching for the best stock at the best price.
Driving the all new SsangYong Musso pickup range in the Cotswolds left drivers mightily impressed with its capabilities.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles fell -5.8% in May as 35,182 new light commercial vehicles were registered.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are here to stay, the range, styles and choices are growing wider with new offerings from mainstream manufacturers promised over the next few years.
Congratulation to the Vauxhall Combo, Glass’s Used Van Hero for July
First introduced to the world in September 1976, the Ford Fiesta has since driven its way into the hearts of millions of customers around the world.
Dacia formed in communist Romania in 1966 and acquired the basic design and tooling of the Renault 12.
Following a few years of success, the 2018 season has been disappointing.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), first registrations of motorcaravans in April were up 10% compared to last year, at 1,668 units.
Following a significant dip in April, registrations made a small recovery in May.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), as of May 2018, 10,651 units have been produced, which is an increase of 6.3% on the same period in 2017.
Not always green in colour, these parts are recognised as being an affordable and sustainable source of original manufacturer parts (OEM).
Glass’s has joined the IMDA to support, and engage with, those who remain at the heart of the industry.
Alternative fuel vehicles have seen an increase year to date of 19.5% as of May 2018.
With new vehicle technology developing all the time, autonomous vehicles are on the horizon.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles rose by 2.4% in May as 27,639 new light commercial vehicles hit British roads.
Congratulation to the Peugeot Partner, Glass’s Used Van Hero for June
Andy Picton reviews the Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Much like the horses competing in the world famous Grand National, the Motorcaravan industry has had to jump numerous hurdles this season.
The non-premium, medium sized car segment remains very popular with car buyers.
Following a year of depressed registrations in 2017, the first quarter of 2018 experienced growth, with year to date totals being 5.8% ahead of last year.
As the evenings draw out, some of the more adventurous amongst us want that ‘wind in the hair’ driving experience that convertibles offer.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles grew in April as the market continued its topsy-turvy start to 2018.
Demand remains as strong as ever for diesel cars at auction, in fact the overall conversion rate in March was slightly above last year’s figure.
Registration data released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show 15,118 registrations in March this year, 4.9% ahead of March 2017.
Congratulation to the Nissan Navara, Glass’s Used Van Hero for May
Over the years, the new plate launch in March proves to be a fantastic month with registration really taking off.
There has long been debate about the accuracy of fuel economy and CO2 figures published by car manufacturers...
As the nineties were drawing to a close, car design had become a little plain and rather functional, many would say at the cost of some individual styling.
This goes against much of the rhetoric that has been published lately, but, is diesel set for a fight-back?
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council, as of January 2018, 2,435 units had been produced, which is an increase of 18.7% on the same period in 2017.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), registrations of motorcaravans in January were up 4.3% compared to last year, at 531 units.
With 2018 now well underway, it is the time of year to be thinking about the upcoming summer.
Glass's has extended its 12-year partnership with Ageas Insurance Ltd for the use of its market leading Glass eSalvage solution.
Trading over the Easter period is a barometer of the annual results in the leisure vehicle market and this year will have a special significance for the market.
The unpredictable impact of Brexit has created a tale of two car markets.
Last year registrations of new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) fell by 3.6%, the first decline in five years. Last month, registrations rose by 6.4% on the same period last year, the best February performance in a decade.
Mounting levels of bike crime in the capital and Britain’s major cities are raising concerns about the future
Robert Redman discusses what can be done to turn the tide in favour of electric cars.
Staying up to date with the latest new cars that are being launched in the UK market is essential as a Forecast Editor.
Rob Donaldson, one of our Car Editors responsible for Volkswagen values, dives into the data to look at RV and sales performance of the iconic VW Golf
Car Editor Andy Cutler ponders the opportunity for lower powered cars from exotic manufacturers.
The fourth generation of the RS4 is out in 2018. Are the older generations destined for classic status?
Analysis from recent dealer visits combined with completed surveys, indicated that 44% of dealers felt sales were broadly in line with those of last year.
Attendances at auction across the UK have remained buoyant over the last month, with buyers continuing to search for the best stock on offer.
October’s used car auction market started well, but as the month progressed we saw an increase in volume coupled with a decrease in the first time conversion rate.
The Ford Ranger has been named as Glass’s Used Van Hero for November.
Do high-end Bi-xenon or LED headlamps have a positive impact on residual values?
The Z4 M roadster followed the tried and tested route of fitting a powerful engine into a relatively small roadster shell.
The Mercedes Benz Vito has been named as Glass’s Used Van Hero for October.
The used car auction market for September followed similar trends to August.
The Vauxhall Corsavan has been named as Glass’s Used Van Hero for September.
When all is said and done, the UK car market remains buoyant with strong consumer demand for both new and used cars.
In many cases there has been apathy at the thought of needing to make changes to remarketing patterns. In fact, little planning seems to have taken place until recently.
Against a backdrop of a better than expected economy and a warning that complacency would be dangerous, the Chancellor delivered his first and last March budget speech...
The latest set of new car registration data to be released by the SMMT shows the very first real sign of a slowdown in the UK new car market...
The new Autovista Group – together with the company’s four core brands: Glass’s, Schwacke, Eurotax and Autovista – will enjoy a new design and look to reflect the Group’s pan-European stature.
For those wanting economy and practicality.
A consistent decrease in residual values year on year perhaps indicates the damage that pre-registration has done in the market.
The Custom is a ‘much welcome’ addition to the Transit range
After 2015 exceeded forecasts, it appears 2016 will follow suit.
Weather plays a particularly big role in the motorcycle industry, so climate change is a very important factor to consider.
Positive spin from manufacturers is at loggerheads with reluctance of operators to be convinced by electric light commercial vehicles.
Overview of 2016
November logged record-breaking new light commercial vehicle registrations – the most for 20 years.
Panel van has been commercial vehicle favourite for more than 35 years