Driving opportunity: deploying growth mindset on the journey to 2030


Introducing the 
Cox Automotive 
Insight Report 2021

In collaboration with Grant Thornton

Welcome to the fourth annual Cox Automotive Insight Report.

Once again, we have partnered with Grant Thornton to combine data, analysis, opinions and trends from across the automotive sector to create a robust picture of where we stand today and what we can expect over the coming months and years.

Within the Automotive Insight Report 2021, we look at forecasts for both the new and used car and van markets in the UK. We believe many of the trend highlighted by those forecasts also apply across Europe and, indeed, globally. We explore the impact of supply chain and semiconductor shortages. We consider the effect of international demand for cleaner and safer vehicles, alongside a leaner and stronger wholescale ecosystem.

We do so in the context of five key themes, which also inform content across the Cox Automotive Fuel Content Hub and Learning Centre. You will see links between the weekly and monthly market trackers and indices, quarterly AutoFocus magazine, regular Fuel/talk interviews and industry updates.

  • Ever-evolving consumer expectations and the buyer behaviour revolution
  • The migration to mobility and diversification of ownership models
  • Legislative and consumer demand for cleaner and safer vehicles
  • A leaner, stronger wholesale ecosystem that realises efficiencies and enables new opportunities
  • The advent of new retail models that are disrupting the status quo

You can read more about our take on these themes in our new trend definition documents. 

As ever, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to produce this report. This includes partners such as 360 Media Group, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), Regit, bp pulse, the AA, Adelan, the Institution of Fire Engineers, and everyone who has taken part in primary research.

We hope you find this report useful, and we wish you the best of luck for your business endeavours as we close out 2021 and head into a new year.