Record month for new car sales

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4 Oct, 2013 12:58pm Chris Ebbs

September new car sales hit the 400,000 mark making it highest volume in 66 months

The rise of new car registrations continued in September with a total of 403,136 models finding new homes, according to the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This number represents the biggest volume since March 2008, the highest for 66 months, and is up 12 per cent on September 2012’s 359, 612 figure. It was also the 19th consecutive month of growth for sales.

And the rise continues to be aided by high private sales, rather than fleet or business sales, making up more than half of the total registrations for the month and increasing 17 per cent on the same month last year.

It was a familiar story for the best-selling car, with the Ford Fiesta taking top spot with a total of 20,629. However, the Vauxhall Corsa managed to leapfrog the Ford Focus in to second place for the month with sales of 14,464 and 14,295 respectively.

According to the SMMT, one in seven of the cars sold in September are built in the UK, including the likes of the Vauxhall Astra and Nissan Qashqai.

“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 over five years, the UK market is reflecting growing economic confidence,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

“Robust private demand has played a major role in this growth with customers attracted by exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient new models which offer savings in the cost of ownership.”

2013 Biggest selling new cars so far
Ford Fiesta
Ford Focus
Vauxhall Corsa
Vauxhall Astra
Volkswagen Golf
Nissan Qashqai
BMW 3 Series
BMW 1 Series
Volkswagen Polo
Peugeot 208

Which car makers have had the best September?
Ford 51,084 registrations
Vauxhall 41,310
VW 33,104
BMW 27,308
Audi 25,829
Mercedes 21,256
Nissan 20,119
Peugeot 19,160
Toyota 16,912
Hyundai 14,479

The car makers who haven't had a great September
Proton 3 registrations
Lotus 10
Perodua 13
Infiniti 25
Maserati 28

Where are the UK's car buyers?
Car dealers in Wales could well have the biggest smiles today, as new car registrations there have seen the biggest year on year jump.

Registrations by country
England 1,370,724 (up 10.35% from 2012)
Northern Ireland 40,205 (up 9.03%)
Scotland 165,134 (up 13.41%)
Wales 67,147 (up 18.41%)

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"According to the SMMT, one in seven of the cars sold in September are built in the UK..."
I like the sound of this and hope the proportion of UK-built cars will increase further in future.

UK built, but to me it is a crying shame that none of them are British owned. It is a scandal that we have no car industry we can claim as a British company!

Vauxhall Astra & Nissan Qashqai were the best selling British made cars in September.

VW Group - Audi -Seat - Skoda - VW is now the No 1 supplier of cars to the UK with 78,261 sales.

BMW Posted one of the biggest gains in market share with sale up a massive +22% mainly thanks to the 1 Series having a very good month breaking its best ever sales numbers on record 7,001 sales, they were up +44% with a new UK sales record of 10,084.

Average UK car sales up 12%, Ford continue to slip up just +8%, but down -4% on average UK car sales rises. Honda one of the biggest drops -10% down -22% if you add in the +12% average rise in UK car sales in September.

Fiat 500 back in the UK top 10 again.

1. Ford Fiesta 20,6295.

2. Vauxhall Corsa14,4643

3. Ford Focus 14,2953

4. VW Golf 12,265

5. Vauxhall Astra 11,014

6. BMW 1 Series 10,842

7. BMW 3 Series 8,309

8. Peugeot 208 7,953

9. Nissan Qashqai 7,771

10. Fiat 500 7,422

I wonder how low sales were over the last 6 months ? Were customers holding of buying a car with a "13" plate and waiting for the "63". I'm building a kit car and I was reluctant to get it registered with a 13 plate as I thought it would be harder to sell. Unlucky for some unless your selling a 63 I guess :)

Headline should read "Record month for new car registrations" or "Record month for new car rentals"
Let's face it, most of the new cars aren't being bought - many will be on PCP.

Remove the historically low deposits and cheap credit and the new car *registrations* would decline sharply.

It's quicker to get into a new car if you have little money rather than wait and save up for a second hand car. Plus it impresses the neighbours and makes it look like you're doing really well.

However, the reality is that the PCPers out there will be paying money to rent a car that they will have to hand back at the end of the contract term, with nothing to show for the money they've shelled out, leaving them in the same boat to sign up for another rental.