UK new car registrations grew by three per cent in August

Fleet sector drives market while private registrations fall

UK new car registrations grew by three per cent in August
UK new car registrations increase 3.3 per cent in August to 81,640 units, with YTD performance steady at 1.68m.

The UK new car market achieved modest growth in August, as registrations rose 3.3 per cent against the same month last year, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

81,640 new cars were registered last month, with year-to-date performance remaining positive, up 2.8 per cent to 1.68 million units.

The fleet sector drove the growth with demand, buoyed by attractive finance deals and discounts, rising 7.7 per cent to 43,267, while private registrations fell by -0.2 per cent.

Diesel demand also fell marginally by -0.2 per cent, with petrol registrations edging ahead 5.3 per cent and alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) seeing growth of 30.8 per cent.

Almost 54,000 AFVs have been registered so far in 2016, compared with just over 44,000 last year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “August is traditionally one of the quietest months as consumers look ahead to the September plate change, so growth, albeit small, is good news.

“With showrooms full of exciting models featuring the very latest technology and a raft of affordable finance options, it still makes economic sense to consider buying a new car.”

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