Sales of new cars in the UK rose by 12.1% in September 2013, with new registrations hitting 403,136, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed today.
SMMT, which exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry, said September 2013 was the best performing month since March 2008 and the market reached its highest volume in 66 months. An increase in private registrations of 16.7% over year-to-date has helped the overall market to rise by 10.8%.
The organisation added that over one in seven new cars registered are built in the UK. The average for new car CO2 emissions is 128.6g/km, while the average fuel economy is approximately 55mpg. This enhanced fuel efficiency in new cars helps to keep running costs down, which along with deals, incentives and financing packages, has helped to fuel demand.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Robust private demand has played a major role in this growth with customers attracted by exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient new models which offer savings in the cost of ownership. This is the 19th consecutive month of steady growth and, with fleet and business demand still to reach pre-recession levels, we believe the performance to be sustainable. The latest 63-plate should deliver success into next year.”
Of the ten best selling cars in the UK, the Ford Fiesta tops the list with sales of 20,600 in September this year. The Vauxhall Corsa comes in second, with 14,500 vehicles sold. Third on the list is the Ford Focus, with 14,295 sales last month. Next comes the VW Golf with 12,265 sales; fifth in line is the Vauxhall Astra, with 11,014 sales; the BMW 1 Series has sales of 10,084; while 8,309 models of the BMW 3 Series were sold; the Peugeot 208 had sales of 7,953; the Nissan Qashqai was ninth on the list, with sales of 7,771; and coming in tenth was the Fiat 500, with 7,422 sales.