According to a statement issued today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, new car sales hit the highest level in September for five and a half years, with a 12% rise on the year.
September is a key month for the auto industry in the UK as it marks a twice-yearly change in registration plates. SMMT said 403,136 new cars were registered in the UK, a rise of 12.1% on 2012 but still below the average for September before the credit crisis of 416,000.
The SMMT’s chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: “The UK market is reflecting growing economic confidence. Robust private demand has played a major role in this growth, with customers attracted by exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient new models which offer savings in the cost of ownership.”
Hawes said he believed that nineteen consecutive months of steady growth pointed to a sustainable performance in the market, particularly as fleet and business demand has yet to reach pre-recession levels.
Ford’s Fiesta remains the UK’s top selling car, with 20,600 sold in September, Vauxhall’s Corsa was in second place with 14,500 vehicles sold.
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Friday, October 4th, 2013 - filed under Industry
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