February 5, 2016
New car registrations at all-time high in 2015
UK new car sales hit an all-time record last year, the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures show.
The number of new vehicles registered in 2015 came to a 2.63 million total, up about 6% on 2014 and the fourth consecutive year of growth.
A high rate of sales continued right up until the end of the year, with registrations in December believed to have been the best figures on record for that month.
The new record surpasses the previous best of 2.58 million new cars sold in 2003.
Reasons behind the growth in number of new cars on UK roads are believed to be down to stronger consumer confidence, special deals and cheap finance.
The SMMT says that 80% of cars are bought with some form of finance, with around 60% purchased using Personal Contract Payments (PCP).
Consumers have taken advantage of low interest rates and the rise of sterling compared to the euro, making it cheaper to import cars from European countries such as Germany and France.
Although 2015 saw declines in sales for Volkswagen, which makes up for around 20% of British car sales, the emission scandal couldn’t prevent enjoying full-year sales rise 4% across all its brands.
The Ford Fiesta was the best selling car across the year, making it seven years in a row. The SMMT say that more than 85% of Ford’s showroom sales are on finance plans such as PCP.
The UK saw the second highest number of new cars registered last year in Europe, with Germany seeing the most with just under three million. Behind the UK are France, followed by Italy and Spain.
2015 best-selling cars:
- Ford Fiesta – 133,434
- Vauxhall Corsa – 92,077
- Ford Focus – 83,816
- Volkswagen Golf – 73,409
- Nissan Qashqai – 60,814
- Volkswagen Polo – 54,900
- Vauxhall Astra – 52,703
- Audi A3 – 47,653
- Mini – 47,076
- Vauxhall Mokka – 45,399
New car registration figures for January 2016
The UK’s new car market got off to a positive start in January, with 169,679 new car registrations recorded, reaching an 11-year high.
Data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) shows that new registrations climbed 2.9% compared with the same month in 2015, and the highest since January 2005 which saw 181,474 new cars registered.
Ford’s Fiesta is fighting to be the best-selling car for the eighth year in a row, and have set the benchmark with the highest number of new cars bought (8,353) in the first month of the year.
- Ford Fiesta – 8,353
- Nissan Qashqai – 4,839
- Vauxhall Corsa – 4,803
- Ford Focus – 4,285
- Volkswagen Golf – 3,813
- Nissan Juke – 3,446
- Volkswagen Polo – 3,298
- Audi A3 – 3,227
- Vauxhall Astra 3,185
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 3,022
Private and business buyers drove January’s growth with demand for new cars up by 8.2% to 73,061 and 5% to 6,716 units respectively. The month marks the highest number of new cars registered to private buyers in January in 12 years. However, the fleet sector declined slightly by 1.1 to 89,901.
Alternative fuel vehicles saw a huge rise in popularity, with registrations up by 32.1% Petrol hybrids showed the largest growth – up 44.1% to 3,783 cars, while plug-in hybrid demand grew 32.3% to 1,592 vehicles and pure electric cars enjoyed a rise of 14.1 to 584 unites. Demand for diesel, which just retained the majority market share, remained stable, up 0.6%, while petrol registrations grew 3.7%. These figures come as no surprise with the electric (plug-in) car grant set to be reduced from March 1.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “January’s solid performance puts the new car sector in a good position to start the year. Providing consumer confidence remains strong, we expect a more stable 12 months ahead, broadly similar to 2015 which was, of course a record year.”
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The record for total new car registrations in a year was smashed in 2015, with 2,663,503 registered new cars making their way on to UK roads.
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Ford’s strong sales start to 2016 builds on the momentum evident in 2015 and is a direct result of continued investment in exciting products and industry-leading technologies.”
March 12, 2010
New cars greener thanks to Government scrappage scheme
New cars got greener last year thanks to the Government’s “Cash for bangers” vehicle scrappage scheme, it has been announced today.
On average, new car emitted 5.2% less than the average car in 2008 – while this might seem a small reduction, it is biggest reuction seen since records begun 1997.
These figure were released by the society of Motor Manufactures and Trader (SMMT) and Paul everitt said the scrappage scheme was key contributor to the lower emission figure last year.
Mr Everitt said: “Since figures were first recorded in 1997, average new car CO2 emissions have fallen from nearly 190g/km to less than 150g/km – a 21.2% improvement.
“The industry is well on its way to meeting EU regulatory targets of a 130g/km fleet average by 2015, but the current rate of improvement must be maintained.”
He added: “While economic factors may have contributed to 2009’s success, in the longer term slower fleet renewal and a reduced willingness to invest in new technology may undermine this progress.
“Building consumer awareness and delivering effective mechanisms to influence buying behaviour through a long-term environmental tax regime and the Government’s recently announced ultra-low carbon incentive scheme, will become increasingly important.”
The Mini sector had the lowest average emissions last year – dropping 6.7% to 115.6g/km. Luxury car models – which averaged 250.3g/km last year – were the worst pollutants, although emissions in this sector were down 6% on 2008.