April new car market up nearly 15%

April new car market up nearly 15%

UK new car registrations increased by 14.8% in April to 163,357 units with the best performance for the month since 2008.

  • April secured the strongest growth in 14 months 
  • Growth followed a further rise in private registrations, up almost a third on April last year.
  • The UK new car market continues to outperform Europe
  • Positive Q1 growth led to SMMT revising up its full year market forecast to 2.106 million units, which would be a 3% increase on 2012

“The UK new car market continues to perform surprisingly strongly, with volumes again increasing in April. While the headline increase was up almost 15% there were more sales days this year than last,” said SMMT Interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton. 

Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said: “It is encouraging that new car sales increased in April with private registrations continuing to improve. Dealers are reporting demand for smaller vehicles that offer better fuel economy and cheaper maintenance. This along with the new products and services offered by dealers and manufacturers is encouraging people to buy. Consumer confidence is still fragile therefore competitive pricing and strong incentives remain important in convincing customers to buy a new car.”

April 2013 new car registration data

April

Total

Diesel

Petrol

AFV

Private

Fleet

Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

163,357

82,092

79,407

1,858

81,753

75,067

6,537

2012

142,322

74,566

65,917

1,839

61,816

74,480

6,026

% change

14.8%

10.1%

20.5%

1.0%

32.3%

0.8%

8.5%

Mkt share ’13

 

50.3%

48.6%

1.1%

50.0%

46.0%

4.0%

Mkt share ’12

 

52.4%

46.3%

1.3%

43.4%

52.3%

4.2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year-to-date

Total

Diesel

Petrol

AFV

Private

Fleet

Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

768,555

374,495

383,763

10,297

376,369

357,780

34,406

2012

705,878

358,438

337,403

10,037

326,700

348,378

30,800

% change

8.9%

4.5%

13.7%

2.6%

15.2%

2.7%

11.7%

Mkt share ’13

 

48.7%

49.9%

1.3%

49.0%

46.6%

4.5%

Mkt share ’12

 

50.8%

47.8%

1.4%

46.3%

49.4%

4.4%

 

April 2013 best sellers 

Best sellers

 April


   Year-to-date

 
1 Fiesta 8,083 1 Fiesta 42,392
2 Corsa 6,084 2 Focus 31,025
3 Focus 5,944 3 Corsa 30,645
4 Golf 5,283 4 Astra 21,446
5 Astra 4,244 5 Golf 21,009
6 Qashqai 3,761 6 Qashqai 18,362
7 Polo 3,630 7 Polo 15,383
8 500 3,037 8 208 14,083
9 208 2,975 9 Juke 12,788
10 A3 2,935 10 500 12,654

 

 

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