1 in 7 new cars registered UK-built
September new car registrations were the highest monthly total registered since March 2008 according to figures provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. It supports the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said “the September new car registrations figure was the highest monthly total since March 2008. With over 400,000 new cars registered for the first time in more than five years, 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 that offer savings in the cost of ownership. This is the 19th consecutive month of steady growth and, with fleet and business demand still to reach pre-recession levels, we believe the performance to be sustainable. The latest 63-plate should deliver positive results into next year.”
Top three UK manufacturers
One in seven new cars registered in September are UK-built, the top three being UK manufacturers. The Ford Fiesta continues to be the UK’s best seller with 20,629 registered last month, this was followed by the Vauxhall Corsa with approximately 14,464 and the Ford Focus was in third place with 14,295 registered. The Ford Fiesta has held the title of the overall UK best seller since 2009, it was also Europe’s top selling small car last year with one purchased on average every two minutes. The four millionth Fiesta was sold back in July this year. The Fiesta combines style, value, driving dynamics and remarkable technologies such as the award-winning EcoBoost engine and Ford MyKey. Today it outsells its nearest retail competitor by more than two to one and that really tells the story of this extraordinary car.
The recent recovery in the new car market will be due to the fact that most motorists are now in the market for cars that are cheap to run. The average 2013 new car Co2 emissions are approximately 128.6g/km and the average fuel economy around 55mpg. There are numerous attractive finance packages now available which make new cars accessible to almost everyone. New models not only offer minimum running costs but offer the latest designs and in car technology.