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April new car market beats 1989 record

07 May 2002 #Cars #Registrations #SMMT News

April new car market beats 1989 record

  • 208,976 registrations in April 2002, topped April 1989’s record of 191,276

  • This is the 19th month in a row of growth in the new car market
  • Registrations to private buyers soared 24.5 per cent in April to 108,126

  • So far in 2002, the new car market is up nine per cent at 931,694 units

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘After 19 consecutive months

of growth, Britain has emerged as the second largest new car market in Europe.

This is the only country among the big five European markets which has seen

growth in 2002 and it comes on top of a huge sales surge last year. Although

the current rate of growth cannot last forever, with such a strong start to

the year, 2002 looks set to be one of the best-performing on record.’

Notes to editors:

  1. According to ACEA figures, for the first three months of 2002 European

    new car registrations fell by 3.8 per cent. In Germany they fell by 4.3 per

    cent, in Italy by 13 per cent, France by 2.6 per cent and Spain by 7.5 per

    cent. During the same period, UK new registrations rose by 7.1 per cent.
  2. In 2001, total new car registrations across Europe rose by just 0.7 per

    cent. In the UK they were up 10.7 per cent.
  3. SMMT predicts that a total of 2.4 million new cars will be registered in

    the UK in 2002.

April 2002

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.


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