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UK Car Market Boosted By Record September 2016

United Kingdom's best selling cars revealed alongside registration numbers for year-to-date and September 2016.

Car market grows 2.6%

UK, September 2016, new car registrations were higher than any other September on record which brought the year-to-date total to 2,150,495, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed. This represented an increase of 2.6% compared to the equivalent period the previous year. In September 2016 alone, 469,696 cars found homes which was a rise of 1.6% compared to 2015. 

The Society explained that “fleet registrations continued to drive growth” - up 7.3% in September 2016 compared to 2015 - whereas the private sector shrank 1.7%. Registrations of diesel powered cars increased 2.8%, petrol registrations fell 1.1% and alternatively fuelled models “continued to outpace the market”. Growth hit 32.6%. 

September typically a bumper month

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "September is always one of the biggest months for Britain’s new car market”. A contributing factor was the launch of the “66” registration, he suggested. Age tags evolve every March and September which encourages motorists to swap vehicles within these months rather than (say) shortly before.

Mr Hawes argued that technology and tempting finance further boosted registrations. He said: “A diverse range of exciting new models featuring the latest technology has certainly helped draw buyers to the showrooms.” He added: “Many are taking full advantage of the attractive deals and low interest finance options on offer.”

Future market growth not guaranteed

The Chief Executive warned that despite successes there is no guarantee the industry will continue to thrive. He said: “The ability of the market to maintain this record level of demand will depend on the ability of government to overcome political uncertainty, and safeguard conditions that underpin consumer appetite.”

Best-selling cars of September 2016

The September 2016 best sellers were typically from the supermini and small family class. Only a single compact executive class car and 1 crossover reached the top 10. Please see the following table.

POSITION

VEHICLE

REGISTRATIONS

1

Ford Fiesta

19,769

2

Vauxhall Corsa

14,570

3

Volkswagen Golf

11,003

4

Ford Focus

10,992

5

Nissan Qashqai

10,619

6

Volkswagen Polo

9,765

7

Vauxhall Astra

9,495

8

Audi A3

9,252

9

MINI

9,025

10

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

8,603

Best-selling cars of 2016

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed the year-to-date best sellers, too. Results follow below. Again, the supermini and small family class far outperformed the competitors.

POSITION

VEHICLE

REGISTRATIONS

1

Ford Fiesta

96,139

2

Vauxhall Corsa

64,925

3

Ford Focus

57,137

4

Volkswagen Golf

54,954

5

Nissan Qashqai

50,293

6

Vauxhall Astra

44,771

7

Volkswagen Polo

43,642

8

MINI

36,738

9

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

34,994

10

Audi A3

33,240