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UK New car market posts 12th successive month of growth in February

UK new car registrations rose 7.9% to 66,749 units in February 2013. Registrations over the year-to-date increased 10.3% to 210,392 units. Growth boosted by private demand again, with February securing the highest growth in the private market since the end of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme in Spring 2010. Registrations of petrol and alternatively-fuelled cars rose … Continued

  • UK new car registrations rose 7.9% to 66,749 units in February 2013.
  • Registrations over the year-to-date increased 10.3% to 210,392 units.
  • Growth boosted by private demand again, with February securing the highest growth in the private market since the end of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme in Spring 2010.
  • Registrations of petrol and alternatively-fuelled cars rose more than a fifth in February.
  • February is typically the smallest volume monthly market, ahead of the registration plate-change in March.

“UK new car registrations have risen every month for the last year with February continuing the trend, growing 7.9% year-on-year boosted by the highest increase in private consumer demand since spring 2010,” said Mike Baunton, Interim Chief Executive, SMMT. “However, February is traditionally a low volume month as motorists look forward to the plate-change in March, but attractive new car deals are sustaining the market. New models are delivering ever greater fuel efficiency, practicality, refinement, technology and predictable ownership costs, so motorists are seeing the benefit of new car purchases.”

February 2013 new car registrations data

February Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2013 66,749 32,327 33,588 834 29,282 35,759 1,708
2012 61,868 33,324 27,885 659 22,723 37,412 1,733
%   change 7.9% -3.0% 20.5% 26.6% 28.9% -4.4% -1.4%
Mkt   share ’13 48.4% 50.3% 1.2% 43.9% 53.6% 2.6%
Mkt   share ’12 53.9% 45.1% 1.1% 36.7% 60.5% 2.8%
Year-to-date Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2013 210,392 105,164 102,107 3,121 90,357 110,967 9,068
2012 190,721 102,504 85,439 2,778 75,416 108,333 6,972
%   change 10.3% 2.6% 19.5% 12.3% 19.8% 2.4% 30.1%
Mkt   share ’13 50.0% 48.5% 1.5% 42.9% 52.7% 4.3%
Mkt   share ’12 53.7% 44.8% 1.5% 39.5% 56.8% 3.7%

February 2013 best sellers

Best sellers February Year-to-date
1 Focus 3,853 1 Fiesta 11,561
2 Fiesta 3,655 2 Focus 9,647
3 Corsa 3,214 3 Corsa 8,392
4 Golf 2,413 4 Astra 7,643
5 Astra 2,181 5 Qashqai 6,136
6 Qashqai 1,856 6 Golf 5,748
7 Polo 1,437 7 208 4,382
8 208 1,423 8 Polo 4,322
9 C-Class 1,317 9 C-Class 3,673
10 Juke 1,106 10 Juke 3,628

Excel tables of month and YTD UK sales volumes and market shares by manufacturer can be downloaded via https://www.smmt.co.uk/2013/03/new-car-market-posts-12th-successive-month-of-growth-in-february/ 

 

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