April has shown some impressive growth in the UK car market, considering some very gloomy economic news in recent weeks. It seems that private buyers are taking up where belt-tightening companies are leaving off, resulting in a 3.3% growth in sales during April, compared with 2011.
As we know, UK manufacturing is on the up, with both Honda and Nissan expanding operations, and taking on new staff as a result – so it’s good to see that all of this growth isn’t reserved for overseas markets. ‘A strong April new car market has raised confidence across the UK motor industry with registrations increasing 3.3%,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.
‘We are seeing a steady increase in consumer confidence with growth in private demand, boosted by the arrival of a raft of new products. SMMT has increased its full year forecast to 1.95 million units, putting the market marginally ahead of 2011, indicating a period of relative stability,’ he continued.
The UK marques have enjoyed mixed success during April, and here’s the breakdown.
|Marque||April sales||Market share||April 2011||Market share||% Change||Sales (YTD)||Market share (YTD)||2011 (YTD)||2011 (YTD)||% change (YTD)|
The stand out figures come from MG, which has posted a 1493% increase over 2011 – but as we’re talking about penny numbers, the percentage is meaningless. More worrying is that sales have pretty much collapsed to their pre-Avis deal levels, with a mere 16 cars finding homes in April. Compare that with Bentley and Aston Martin if you want to see just how exclusive MGs are right now.
The real good news story is that Land Rover is up 23% and Jaguar has risen by 6%, showing that the Evoque and XF 2.2D have made a real impact on sales and demand. MINI is slightly down, and the arrival of the new mainstream hatchback next year can’t come a moment too soon.