September new car sales recorded a jump of 12.1% over 2012 levels with 403,000 registrations on the new 63-plate.
This was the highest single monthly figure in since March 2008 – a distant 66 months ago. Private registrations are continuing to contribute more to the overall growth. They’re up 16.7% for the year-to-date, helping the overall market rise by 10.8%.
More than 1 in 7 of the new cars registered is UK-built. Economy continues to influence choices with average new car CO2 emissions at 128.6g/km and average fuel economy around 55mpg.
“The UK market is reflecting growing economic confidence,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Robust private demand has played a major role with customers attracted by increasingly fuel-efficient new models which offer savings in the cost of ownership.”