- New car registrations rose 7% in November to 159,581 units, the month’s best performance since 2004.
- 2,111,819 cars registered year-to-date, up 9.9% and already ahead of 2012 full-year figure of 2,044,609.
- Car market on target to hit SMMT forecast of 2.25 million registrations for 2013.
“Motorists have bought more than two million cars so far in 2013, a tremendous success for the industry on the back of buoyant consumer confidence and innovative new products,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “With the UK economy looking increasingly positive, we can expect strong underlying demand for new cars to continue into 2014, with volumes set to match or surpass those seen this year.”
- Alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) accounted for 1.4% of the new car market over the first 11 months of 2013. Their volumes have risen by 16.4% to 30,496 units following introduction of new models and consumers desire to lower running costs and environmental impact.
- Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) – those with CO2 emissions under 75g/km – which are currently only pure and plug-in electric cars, accounted for 1 in 10 of all AFVs registered in 2013, up from 1 in 20 in 2011. New model introductions and more competitive pricing have helped ULEV volumes rise 56.1% year-to-date.
- ULEV registrations boost anticipated following 2014 launch of government-backed campaign to raise awareness of ULEV benefits.
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