2015 “half year” new car sales up 7% – the highest half-year performance ever recorded.
It’s been a record half-year for UK new car market with a firm 7% raise in the number of new car sales in the first half of 2015 – the highest half-year performance ever recorded. 1,376,889 units were sold between January and June, with Uk buyers choosing more UK-built cars than ever before.
The SMMT commented that “low interest rates and attractive finance deals, combined with a wealth of new models featuring the latest technologies, have continued to encourage consumers to purchase new cars.”
A significant feature of recent months has been a strong surge in demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles, and this was once again the case in June with volumes rising 70.9%
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It is still a great time to buy a new car in the UK, and it is encouraging to see more consumers choosing British models. This is important for the wider economy with 799,000 people now employed across the UK automotive sector, including retail. We anticipate a flatter second half of the year as the market finds its natural running rate.”
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Strap yourselves in, because new car vehicle sales in April took the ongoing upward climb to new heights!
Yes indeed everyone, figures published by the SMMT last month revealed a spring 5.1% surge in new car registrations pushing sales in April to 185,778 units – the highest we’ve seen in that month for a decade!
Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) underlined a robust new car market, with registrations up for the 38th consecutive month in April. Year-to-date registrations for 2015 are up 6.4% to 920,366.
April 2015 Bestsellers – The Top 7!
- Ford Fiesta 10,294
- Ford Focus 6,347
- VW Golf 5,354
- Vauxhall Corsa 4,951
- Nissan Qashqai 4,697
- VW Polo 4,674
- Audi A3 3,981
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Today’s figures highlight the current strength of consumer confidence, even at a time of such political uncertainty. We are confident that the UK’s new car market – so symbolic of economic mood – will continue to thrive, but long-term success will depend largely on economic and political stability in the months and years ahead. Whatever the outcome of today’s election, the next government must act quickly to uphold economic certainty and reassure consumers and markets.”
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Latest figures from the MCIA reveal a continued climb in new and used motorcycle sales in August 2014.
Motorcycle sales in August 2014 reveal a steady climb compared to the same period in 2013. A total of 6,980 new bikes were sold in August showing a 6.6% climb in new registrations on the previous year.
The Naked and Scooter categories proved most popular in new bike sales with the Honda CBF 125 registering 145 units, and Honda PCX 125 registering 136 units respectively.
In the Sports category, the Kawasaki Z1000 SX lead the way, whilst the learner appealing Yamaha YZF R125 lead the SuperSports field.
Highest Registering Model August 2014 Within Each Category
Adventure Sport – Yamaha WR 125 X 76
Custom – Harley-Davidson SPORTSTER N 883 45
Naked – Honda CBF 125 M 145
Scooter – Honda PCX 125 136
Sport/Tourer – Kawasaki Z1000 SX 57
SuperSport – Yamaha YZF R125 171
Touring – BMW R 1200 RT 10
Trail/Enduro – Honda CRF 250 L 21
Total Sales in August 2014 By Manufacturer
- Honda – 1,134
- Yamaha – 973
- Triumph – 401
- Piaggio – 376
- Kawasaki – 325
- Lexmoto – 287
- Harley Davidson – 259
- BMW – 248
- Suzuki – 241
- KTM – 239
Used car sales using dealer finance leaped 22% in June 2014 according to the Finance and Leasing Association.
The FLA figures reveal over 850,000 new cars were bought using dealer finance during the first half of the year, and just under 1 million used cars, a year on year rise of 19%.
Dealer finance sales to consumers buying used cars in June increased 22%.
Geraldine Kilkelly, the head of statistics and chief economist at the FLA said, “The first half of 2014 has seen strong performances in both the consumer new and used car finance sectors. The last six months have also seen the FLA’s penetration rate maintained at around three quarters of all private new car sales in the UK which shows how popular point-of-sale credit is with new car buyers.”
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New car registrations for July show another positive climb of 6.6%, the latest SMMT figures published today reveal.
Yes, we are now in the 29th consecutive month of positive climb in new car sales figures everyone. A total of 172,907 cars were registered in July 2014, bringing the total number of cars registered so far this year to a very happy 1,460,172.
Mike Hawes, the SMMT chief executive, said:
“July saw the new car market extend its record period of growth to a 29th month, as confident consumers took advantage of an array of new products and attractive finance deals on the latest fuel-efficient new cars.
The continued positivity has led to an uplift in the SMMT full-year forecast to 2.45 million passenger car registrations, a rise of 8.1 per cent. However, the more moderate growth of the last three months shows that overall demand is beginning to stabilise.”
Faster-than-expected first half-year growth has prompted an revision of the 2014 motor trade market forecast to 2.45 million registrations, up 8.1 per cent on 2013.
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Motoring website motors.co.uk have published the latest figures for the best selling used cars on it’s online classifieds site for May 2014. Read on to discover the most popular used cars for may 2014!
Parking itself in first place is the Ford Fiesta for the third month running with 9,956 units sold. It’s sister car the Ford Focus pulled up alongside in second place with 8,733 units sold.
The Vauxhall Corsa completed the top three with 6,475 units sold.
In an interesting note, convertibles were highly sought after in May, with an increase of +35% for convertible BMW 1 series.
Dermot Kelleher, director of marketing and business intelligence at Motors.co.uk, said: “Once again, the nation remains consistent with its choice of the top five most popular used cars, which is broadly reflective of the position for new car sales as well.”
“However, we have seen changes lower down the table, with the Fiat 500 entering for the first time and the BMW 3 Series increasing in popularity during May.”
“The rising stars outside the top 10 included city cars, the Skoda Citigo and VW Up! alongside the mid-size luxury SUV Lexus RX. In addition, the summer sunshine, which started to rear its head in May, has prompted an increase in searches and sales for a number of convertible models, most notably the BMW 1 Series, Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes Benz SLK.”
Top 10 most popular used for May 2014, via Motors.co.uk
1. Ford Fiesta
9,956 units sold
2. Ford Focus
8,733 units sold
3. Vauxhall Corsa
6,475 units sold
4. Vauxhall Astra
6,315 units sold
5. Volkswagen Golf
3,997 units sold
6. BMW 3 Series
2,856 units sold
7. Nissan Qashqai
2,794 units sold
8. Fiat 500
2,769 units sold
9. Vauxhall Insignia
2,686 units sold
10. Vauxhall Zafira
2,463 units sold
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