December registrations in; sales outstrip forecasts but are lower than in 2010

Less than two million cars were registered in 2011 it has been confirmed - 4.4 per cent less than in 2010.

Registrations in December fell by 3.7 per cent to 119,188 cars, meaning the market was down 1.8 per cent in the final three months of the year.

However, sales were ahead of the 1.92 million forecast at the start of the year, and notably diesel and alternatively fuelled cars both took record market shares.

Average new car CO2 emissions also fell to a new low of 138.1g/km in 2011, down 4.2 per cent on the 2010 level.

The market is forecast to be broadly stable in 2012, with firmer recovery expected in 2013.

"Weak economic growth will make trading conditions tough in 2012, but record numbers of new and updated models, significantly improved fuel efficiency and exciting new technologies will help to encourage consumers into showrooms," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

"Business and consumer confidence will be the key to a successful year, so it will be important that government delivers on its growth strategy and helps to resolve instability in the Euro Zone."

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6 January 2012

I hope i am not the only one who sees this as good news reduced suply can only firm up the residuals of existing cars, and those manufacturers who really want to sell are offering some excellent deal right now.

Britain has for too long had very high sales of new cars, and higher levels of depreciation than europe. That may be good news for used car buyers, but it isnt for new car buyers.

6 January 2012

[quote artill]I hope i am not the only one who sees this as good news reduced suply can only firm up the residuals of existing cars, and those manufacturers who really want to sell are offering some excellent deal right now.[/quote]

Or to put another spin on it, think of the positive environmental ramifications. Less energy and carbon expended on building cars and older vehicles kept running for longer (more carbon efficient than building new).

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

6 January 2012

and amidst the falling figures BMW managed to flog over 7,000 more cars than in 2010. MINI, Mercedes, Skoda and SEAT also posting record figures.


6 January 2012

I'm actually surprised that considering that other factors in the economy the drop in sales in less than five per cent. Just maybe a glimmer of hope for 2012

6 January 2012

Thinking of how 2 million more cars in the UK might ease gridlock and stasis, does anybody have the parallel figures for vehicles scrapped, crashed, SORNed, or shipped abroad?

(PS: I've just imported a car from the USA making it 2m and one new sets of wheels on our jam-packed roads.)

6 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]Or to put another spin on it, think of the positive environmental ramifications. Less energy and carbon expended on building cars and older vehicles kept running for longer (more carbon efficient than building new).[/quote]

VW sold a record number of cars last year worldwide.

In the UK sales were slightly lower in 2011 than in 2009 but since 2009 the UK's car manufacturers have produced over 30% more cars. Although the UK made about 1.35 million cars last, more than in any previous year, year sales of 1.94 million in the UK shows room for much growth as the pound's value drops, we may even become a net exporter of cars in the UK.

6 January 2012

[quote Los Angeles]Thinking of how 2 million more cars in the UK might ease gridlock and stasis, does anybody have the parallel figures for vehicles scrapped, crashed, SORNed, or shipped abroad?[/quote]If you feel the need/have the time the government publishes online all vehicle registration numbers.

Currently there are 34.5 million vehicles registered for road use of which 28.6 million are cars.

The numbers of cars is rising slowly since 2009 but motorcycles, buses and HGV's are dropping in numbers slightly.

Since 1994 the number of registered cars has risen by 34% in the UK.

[quote Los Angeles]I've just imported a car from the USA making it 2m and one new sets of wheels on our jam-packed roads.[/quote]

Surely one Yank Tank should count as two normal cars?

6 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

[quote artill]I hope i am not the only one who sees this as good news reduced suply can only firm up the residuals of existing cars, and those manufacturers who really want to sell are offering some excellent deal right now.[/quote]

Or to put another spin on it, think of the positive environmental ramifications. Less energy and carbon expended on building cars and older vehicles kept running for longer (more carbon efficient than building new

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I never thought i had a green bone in my body. thanks for that

6 January 2012

-4.4% isn't so bad considering the global situation. Italy ended with a terrific -10.83% over 2010.

I can't see positive things about less sales though. New car sales figures are an important economy indicator, the only positive way they can go is up, our economical system can't survive without growth.

6 January 2012

The figure left out from the article - electric cars registered in December - 25.

COTY anybody?

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