06/10/2015

Record Levels Of Car Registrations In September

Car registrations in the UK reached record levels in September, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Newly released figures show a total of 462,517 cars were registered last month.

Changes to number plates in September means the month is usually one of the busiest of the year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "September is traditionally one of the year's biggest months for new car registrations, and last month set an autumn record. With plenty of attractive, affordable deals available on the new 65-plate, Britain’s car buyers – whether private, fleet or business consumers – were busier than ever. The market reached pre-recession levels some time ago, and we anticipate some levelling off in the coming months. It is too early to draw conclusions, but customer demand for diesel remained strong, accounting for one in two cars registered."

Car sales have now increased for 43 months in a row, the SMMT added.

The bestsellers in September were:

• Ford Fiesta – 22,807

• Vauxhall Corsa – 15,670

• Ford Focus – 14,258

• Volkswagen Golf – 13,603

• Volkswagen Polo – 11,026

• Nissan Qashqai – 10,119

• Mini – 8,754

• Vauxhall Astra – 7,920

• Vauxhall Mokka – 7,670

• Fiat 500 – 7,460

Over two million cars have been registered so far in 2015, 7.1% higher than at the same point last year.

(LM/CD)

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