New car registrations continue to rise

6 Aug, 2013 3:54pm Jonathan Burn

The SMMT has increased their forecast for new car registrations in 2013 following a rise in sales in July

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) increased its forecast for new car registrations following a 12.7 per cent year on year rise in new car sales.

The SMMT now predict car registrations for 2013 will reach 2.216 million units, an 8.4 per cent increase over the 2012 figure.

Strong sales across private, fleet and business helped create 162,228 new car purchases last month, making July the 17th successive monthly rise in new car registrations.

"Recently, we've seen a range of economic indicators point to improving conditions and our raised sales forecast emphasises how positively we view the rest of 2013,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive.

Registrations of alternatively-fuelled vehicles grew 17 per cent in July, with plug-in car registrations continuing to fuel the increase. Since the start of 2013 electric and plug-in hybrid registrations have soared by 70.7 per cent, with total sales reaching 1,885. The SMMT says the growth has been fuelled by an increase in the availability of products across the UK and the tax breaks offered to motorists who reduce their CO2 emissions. 

Diesel and petrol powered cars continue to have a virtually equal share of the market, with 50.7 per cent and 47.8 per cent respectively.

Ford continue their dominance in 2013 with the Ford Fiesta and Focus proving to be the most popular cars in July, with sales of 9,089 for the Fiesta and 7,229 for the Focus.

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Corsa and Polo are slipping down the sales chart every month. Are Vauxhall and Volkswagen going to do something about that?
I also noticed that in 2012 Mini used to be in the UK's Top 10 best sellers. Mercedes C-Class also used to appear every now and then.

Cars registered does not mean cars sold, it only means cars put on the road, as most folk are still buying them with money they don't have, and it can all go bang again.
And don't forget when you look for a new car that Ford are closing down factories in England and putting people out of work!!

Totally agree - there are some very cheap (still cheaper to pay cash mind) deals out there which get the 'want it now but can't pay for it' brigade into new cars so they can ponce about feeling 'well off'. In reality though, as with houses and mortgage availability/cheapness, we're straight back (and worse) where we were pre-2008.

There's no real solid economy out there, just lots of printed money and cheap credit.

It won't end well (probably for savers who will have to fund recapitalisation of the banks and the wastrels).

Ford still employs several thousand UK workers, including in manufacturing. Whether or not they build complete vehicles here is not the point.
Most complete vehicle builds in the UK are largely assembly operations which rely heavily on imported components. They could easily be closed down and moved elsewhere when building in the UK no longer suits business interests.
Look at what all the Japanese electronics firms did in the late 1990s/early 2000s - quit western Europe for Poland, the Czech Republic, China etc. to boost profitability against falling margins. No reason why this could not happen in the car industry.

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