Latest new car sales figures coming in from the SMMT have revealed 2016 starting on a very positive note for new car sales, which can only be good news for the used car market! I’ll come to that in my next post, but first new car sales.
After a slight slump in the later part of 2015, this January has witnessed the best January for new car sales since 2005 as registrations increased by 2.9% to 169,678 vehicles.
What’s more interesting is the demand for alternatively-fueled vehicles continues to grow in leaps and bounds with January seeing a 32.1% spike bringing the alternative-fueled vehicle market share to 3.6%. Petrol hybrids showed the largest growth – up 44.1%.In this editors eyes that can only be a good thing. Especially after recently sitting in my colleagues hybrid car and being amazed at the quietness and eco-friendliness of the battery powered “silent start” and initial pull off the lights. I’ll totally consider a hybrid for my next purchase! Anyway!Here’s the movers and the shakers on the new car sales front:
- Fiesta – 8,353
- Qashqai – 4,839
- Corsa – 4,803
- Focus – 4,285
- Golf – 3,813
- Juke – 3,446
- Polo – 3,298
- A3 – 3,227
- Astra – 3,185
- C-Class – 3,022
It’s worth noting just how well the UK export market is doing. It seems car exports to India have more than trebled in the past 5 years according to data released today ahead of Auto Expo 2016. In 2015, the UK exported 194.5% more cars to the region than in 2010, and 5.4% more than last year, putting India in the UK’s top 10 Asian export markets.
British manufacturers made more cars in 2015 than any year since 2005 when 1,595,697 vehicles were produced.
Thanks for reading this WAS Blog post on new cars sales in January 2016!