SMMT reports increasing new car sales

SMMT reports increasing new car sales

New car registrations in the UK passed the one million mark in June, growing 10% in the first half of 2013 to 1,163,623 units, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Motorists have also been choosing more fuel efficient models, which has helped to reduce average new car CO2 emissions down to 129.1 g/km in the first half of 2013, down 3.7% compared to this time last year.

"Boosted by consistently strong private demand and further growth in June, half-year new car registrations have topped the one million mark," said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive.

"June secured the 16th month of consecutive growth, a clear indicator that manufacturers and dealers are delivering desirable new products with tangible cost savings from the latest fuel-efficient technology coupled to a wide variety of competitive finance offers. While there are still potential challenges ahead, recent robust growth suggests that the market is on course to perform well ahead of 2012 levels."

Comparing this year to date to the same time period last year, there has been a 5.5% increase in the amount of alternatively fueled vehicles sold. Until the end of June last year, 14,626 alternatively fueled cars were sold, but this year the number has risen to 15,427 – equating to a market share of 1.3%. In June alone, alternatively fueled car sales rose 26.2% compared to last year.

Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:5th Jul 2013

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