With a month to go 2001 breaks all-time record
- 2001 is already a record year. A total of 2,332,303 new cars sold by the
end of November, beat the 1989 full-year record of 2,300,944 units.
- In another record month, registrations soared 13.4 per cent to 184,278 units.
- Sales to private buyers rose by more than a quarter in November.
Commenting on a record year, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said,
‘The all-time record for new car sales, which has stood for more than a decade,
has been broken. While this is impressive enough, there is still a month of
buying activity before the end of the year so we could see more than 2.4 million
new car sales by the end of 2001.’
‘Yet another record month is truly an amazing result. All the more encouraging
considering predictions of an inevitable sales slump by some commentators. There
is no sign of a slowdown and showrooms throughout the country are full.’ he
Notes to editors
- November was the sixth record month for new car registrations this year.
- Registrations of new cars to private buyers have risen by 22 per cent over
the year-to-date, up from 947,523 to 1,155,987 units.
- Fleet and business registrations rose by 1.7 per cent and 18.9 per cent
respectively in November.
The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern
Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by
range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged
as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction
needs specific approval by the SMMT.