The UK car market saw a substantial boost in September, as new car registration figures hit a five-year high, thanks in large to the 63-plate change.
September saw a total of 403,136 new cars registered – a 12.1 per cent rise compared to the same period in 2012. As a result, this makes last month the highest selling since March 2008.
The industry has been helped massively by private registrations, whilst the growth reflects motorists coming back to the market after stalling on their new car purchases. The need to have a frugal engine equipped has seen the sales of such cars increase dramatically.
Another buying habit discovered is that of petrol edging diesel as the UK’s favoured fuel again. Petrol saw its sales share rise to 49.6 per cent whilst diesel took a 49 per cent share. This time last year, oilburners had taken a 50.4/48.2 majority. Alternatively fuelled vehicles took a 1.4 per cent market share, their sales remaining constant on a year-on-year basis.
The SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes, believes such an increase in growth is sustainable, especially as the fleet and business has shown signs of recovery.
Mr Hawes commented: “This is the 19th consecutive month of steady growth and, with fleet and business demand still to reach pre-recession levels, we believe the performance to be sustainable. The latest 63-plate should deliver success into next year.”
There were no surprises as the Ford Fiesta took first place in the best-selling models with 20,629 units sold, with the Vauxhall Corsa following it in second place with 14,464 units sold in September and the Ford Focus rounding off the top three with 14,295 sold.
UK’s best-selling cars for September 2013:
1. Ford Fiesta 20,629 units
2. Vauxhall Corsa 14,464
3. Ford Focus 14,295
4. Volkswagen Golf 12,265
5. Vauxhall Astra 11,014
6. BMW 1-series 10,084
7. BMW 3-series 8309
8. Peugeot 208 7953
9. Nissan Qashqai 7771
10. Fiat 500 7422
You can expect to find plenty of great new car offers around the UK, with dealerships such as Harratts offering numerous deals on new cars.