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%)