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Car registrations fell 4.4 percent in 2011 to 1.94 million vehicles the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said on Friday. It is the lowest number of registrations in more than a decade.

New car sales in December 2011 totaled 119,188 – a 3.7% drop on the December 2010 figure.

“Weak economic growth will make trading conditions tough in 2012,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

“Business and consumer confidence will be the key to a successful year, so it will be important that government delivers on its growth strategy and helps to resolve instability in the euro zone.”

Registrations in 2011 were supported by fleet sales, with the private market recording a drop in volumes.
Diesel and alternatively fuelled cars took record shares of the market in 2011, with diesel volumes surpassing petrol volumes for the first time.

Britain’s so-called scrappage scheme, which had offered subsidies for buying new cars in exchange for trading in ten-year-old vehicles, was launched in May 2009 under the old Labour government, but it ended in March 2010.

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December Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2011 119,188 60,570 56,763 1,855 45,300 67,161 6,727
2010 123,817 62,507 59,918 1,392 52,083 64,003 7,731
% change -3.7% -3.1% -5.3% 33.3% -13.0% 4.9% -13.0%
Mkt share ’11 50.8% 47.6% 1.6% 38.0% 56.3% 5.6%
Mkt share ’10 50.5% 48.4% 1.1% 42.1% 51.7% 6.2%
Year-to-date Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2011 1,941,253 981,594 934,203 25,456 823,094 1,019,126 99,033
2010 2,030,846 936,406 1,071,575 22,865 958,005 973,233 99,608
% change -4.4% 4.8% -12.8% 11.3% -14.1% 4.7% -0.6%
Mkt share ’11 50.6% 48.1% 1.3% 42.4% 52.5% 5.1%
Mkt share ’10 46.1% 52.8% 1.1% 47.2% 47.9% 4.9%

Best sellers December Year-to-date
1 Fiesta 5,411 1 Fiesta 96,112
2 Corsa 5,258 2 Focus 81,832
3 Astra 4,856 3 Corsa 77,751
4 Focus 4,047 4 Golf 63,368
5 Golf 4,031 5 Astra 62,575
6 Polo 2,742 6 Insignia 46,324
7 MINI 2,706 7 Polo 45,992
8 Qashqai 2,580 8 3 Series 42,471
9 Insignia 2,494 9 Qashqai 39,406
10 I10 2,411 10 MINI 35,