The UK motor industry continues to buck European market trends by improving further throughout the year. New car registrations have risen 14.8% in April to 163,357 units, the best April performance since 2008. Registrations over the first four months of 2013 increased 8.9% or more than 60,000 units, to 768,555 units. The best-selling car was – again – the Ford Fiesta.
The growth has been supported by the private sector, where volumes were up 32.3% in the month and grew 15.2% over the year-to-date. Fleet and business volumes also rose in both the month and the year-to-date. All fuel types have shown growth over the first four months of 2013, although petrol-fuelled cars have seen their market share climb – supported by an increased demand for small cars among private buyers.
The SMMT revised its full year forecast upwards in April to 2.106 million units (from 2.057m in January), a 3% rise on 2012 volumes. This figure is still some 300,000 units off the pre-recession market. Further growth to 2.123 million units is expected in 2014.
Top of the pops continues to be Ford, with 14.49% of the market, with Vauxhall taking second spot with 11.58%. Of the Brits, Land Rover and MINI are in first and second with more than 3000 units during the month. MG posted a dismal 13 in April, which is a lower total than Lotus. The MG3 can’t come a moment too soon.
Marque >> Vehicles sold >> Market share (%)
- Aston Martin >> 98 >> 0.05
- Bentley >> 117 >> 0.06
- Honda >> 3042 >> 2.40
- Jaguar >> 1080 >> 0.57
- Land Rover >> 3483 >> 1.85
- Lotus >> 16 >> 0.01
- MG >> 13 >> 0.01
- MINI >> 3350 >> 1.81
- Nissan >> 8083 >> 4.47
- Toyota >> 6500 >> 4.35
- Vauxhall >> 17,645 >> 11.58
- Other British >> 101 >> 0.05
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