Super-September sees new car registrations roar ahead

  • 63-plate boost helps September market rise 12.1% to hit 403,136 registrations.
  • September 2013 is best performing month since March 2008 (highest volume in 66 months).
  • Private registrations have risen 16.7% over year-to-date, helping overall market rise 10.8%.
  • More than 1 in 7 new cars registered in the month is UK-built.
  • Average 2013 new car CO2 emissions at 128.6g/km; average fuel economy around 55mpg.

“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 more than 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 that offer savings in the cost of ownership. This is the 19th consecutive month of steady growth and, with fleet and business demand still to reach pre-recession levels, we believe the performance to be sustainable. The latest 63-plate should deliver positive results into next year.”

Sep 13 cars  1c

 

September

Total

Diesel

Petrol

AFV

Private

Fleet

Business

 
2013

403,136

192,816

203,933

6,387

208,844

170,569

23,723

2012

359,612

174,303

180,609

4,700

177,169

161,863

20,580

% change

12.1%

10.6%

12.9%

35.9%

17.9%

5.4%

15.3%

Mkt share ’13

47.8%

50.6%

1.6%

51.8%

42.3%

5.9%

Mkt share ’12

48.5%

50.2%

1.3%

49.3%

45.0%

5.7%

Year-to-date

Total

Diesel

Petrol

AFV

Private

Fleet

Business

 
2013

1,794,924

878,752

891,000

25,172

869,421

842,274

83,229

2012

1,620,609

817,436

781,113

22,060

744,946

803,464

72,199

% change

10.8%

7.5%

14.1%

14.1%

16.7%

4.8%

15.3%

Mkt share ’13

49.0%

49.6%

1.4%

48.4%

46.9%

4.6%

Mkt share ’12

50.4%

48.2%

1.4%

46.0%

49.6%

4.5%

 

Best sellers September

Units

   Best sellers Year-to-date                       Units
 
1 Fiesta

20,629

1 Fiesta

96,047

2 Corsa

14,464

2 Focus

71,424

3 Focus

14,295

3 Corsa

67,748

4 Golf

12,265

4 Astra

53,338

5 Astra

11,014

5 Golf

51,795

6 1 Series

10,084

6 Qashqai

41,070

7 3 Series

8,309

7 3 Series

34,484

8 208

7,953

8 1 Series

34,448

9 Qashqai

7,771

9 Polo

34,302

10 500

7,422

10 208

32,222

 

New car registrations by sales type, rolling year total 2007 to date 

Sep 13 cars 2c

 

  • Recent recovery in new car market supported by strong growth in private sector and also further gains by fleet/business market.
  • Private registrations rose around 17% in both the month and year-to-date. Additionally, rolling annual registrations are back to 2007 levels.
  • Growth reflects buyers returning to market after period of hold-off, with latest vehicles and strong finance packages fuelling demand. New models offer not only the latest designs and in-car technology but also enhanced fuel efficiency, which helps to minimise running costs.
  • Fleet and business volumes have shown a steady upward path since mid-2009.


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