British Car Sales Continued to Rise
It seems like the month of September are the most successful month in terms of sales of english cars. British car sales continue to rise in the sales period for the month of September 2016.
The September 66-plate change has helped the UK automotive industry to continue its long run of returning record car sales figures. Over 469,696 new cars were registered in September 2016, or some 388,000 more than in the month of August, making it the most successful September on record, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
This year has so far seen 2,150,495 new vehicles registered – up 2.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, and only the second time that the two-million vehicle mark has been passed by September since 2004.
With private registrations down 1.7 per cent, fleet sales continue to carry the market. The month of September saw fleet sales up by a whopping 7.3 per cent.
Despite diesel engines on the receiving end of bad publicity, the SMMT figures show diesel sales grew by 2.8 per cent in the month while petrol sales declined.
But it’s the alternatively fuelled vehicles that continue to outpace the market. Registrations were up 36.2 per cent on the same month last year, and now account for a modest, but growing market share of 3.4 per cent.
The Ford Fiesta remains the UK’s best-selling car by a large margin. The year has seen 96,139 new Fiesta’s registered – with 19,769 notched in the month of September. The next best seller is the Vauxhall Corsa, with 64,925 registrations, followed by the Ford Focus at 57,137.
The British-built Nissan Qashqai was the fifth best seller while the Mercedes C-Class and the Vauxhall Mokka also found their way into the top 10 alongside the MINI in eighth.
Rising fleet demand and has surely helped Mercedes to increase sales by nearly 20 per cent this year. It’s rivals, Audi and BMW also show rising sales. Equally impressive was Jaguar Land Rover, which saw year-to-date registrations go up by nearly 50 per cent for Jaguar and 28 per cent for Land Rover.
Volkswagen, which has been troubled by an ongoing emissions scandal for exactly a year in September, has seen its registrations fall by over 10 per cent to last year.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “September is always one of the biggest months for Britain’s new car market. The new 66-plate, combined with a diverse range of exciting new models featuring the latest technology, has certainly helped draw buyers into showrooms and many are taking full advantage of the attractive deals and low-interest financing options on offer.”
Hawes added: “Businesses and consumers place September orders many months in advance, so the ability of the market to maintain this record level of demand will depend on the ability of government to overcome political uncertainty and safeguard the conditions that underpin our consumer appetite.”