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Strong April new car registrations hide modest growth in fleet

A flat performance in the large fleet sector has tempered a strong April for new car registrations, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Growth in fleet sales of 0.8% in April, along with an increase in sales to small businesses of 8.5%, were lacklustre compared with a rise in private car registrations of 32.3%.

UK new car registrations rose 14.8% in April to 163,357 units, while registrations in the first four months of 2013 grew 8.9% to 768,555 units.

April secured the strongest growth in 14 months as buying cycles and market volatility combined to boost uptake, according to the SMMT.

The UK new car market continues to outperform the rest of Europe, and has 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.

"The UK continues to perform well ahead of the troubled Eurozone as consumer confidence, regular purchase cycles, attractive finance deals and wider market factors continue to make new car buying favourable for motorists."
 

Best sellers  - April

 

 

   Year-to-date

1

Ford Fiesta

8,083

 

1

Ford Fiesta

42,392

2

Vauxhall Corsa

6,084

 

2

Ford Focus

31,025

3

Ford Focus

5,944

 

3

Vauxhall Corsa

30,645

4

VW Golf

5,283

 

4

Vauxhall Astra

21,446

5

Vauxhall Astra

4,244

 

5

VW Golf

21,009

6

Nissan Qashqai

3,761

 

6

Nissan Qashqai

18,362

7

VW Polo

3,630

 

7

VW Polo

15,383

8

Fiat 500

3,037

 

8

Peugeot 208

14,083

9

Peugeot 208

2,975

 

9

Nissan Juke

12,788

10

Audi A3

2,935

 

10

Fiat 500

12,654

Source: SMMT


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  • Chris Ward - 07/05/2013 14:53

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