Drop in UK's new car registrations in September, but growth still expected in 2010 over 2009

New car registrations fell 8.9 per cent year-on-year in September – but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is confident the market has now stabilised.

The SMMT claims September 2010’s 335,246 units registered compares favourably to a scrappage-fuelled September 2009 and the market remains up 7.8 per cent over the year-to-date with 1,635,659 units being registered in total.

The SMMT also believes 2010 will end up slightly up on last year’s registrations at just over two million units.

Chief executive Paul Everitt has called on the government’s forthcoming comprehensive spending review to boost consumer confidence.

“Despite an 8.9 per cent fall in September registrations, demand for new cars has stabilised and will end 2010 slightly up on last year," he said. “It is important that alongside government’s austerity measures, the comprehensive spending review signals a strong growth agenda to boost consumer and business confidence.”

The UK’s top selling car in September was the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Vauxhall’s Astra and Corsa models. The Ford Focus was the UK’s fourth-best selling car last month ahead of the Vauxhall Insignia, VW Golf, Mini hatchback, Peugeot 207, Ford Mondeo and BMW 1-series.

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6 October 2010

By my reckoning, that's just a single British-built model in the top 10. That's not a very impressive showing given the collective might of Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Land Rover and Jaguar all building cars here.

Maybe they're just building the wrong cars?

6 October 2010

Autocar beaten to the latest news by a forum member, yet again...

6 October 2010

Autocar's influence on buyers debatable given Ford's performance

6 October 2010

[quote Lee23404]Autocar beaten to the latest news by a forum member, yet again[/quote]

That made me chuckle buddy! :-)

6 October 2010

[quote Lee23404]Autocar beaten to the latest news by a forum member[/quote]Does he have a magazine to publish and cover a Paris Motor Show simultaneously?

6 October 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]By my reckoning, that's just a single British-built model in the top 10.[/quote]

I realise it's a moot point but isn't the Astra built here too?

6 October 2010

[quote Los Angeles]Does he have a magazine to publish and cover a Paris Motor Show simultaneously[/quote]

Yes and of course there's only ONE person who works at Autocar!!

6 October 2010

[quote Los Angeles]

[quote Lee23404]Autocar beaten to the latest news by a forum member[/quote]Does he have a magazine to publish and cover a Paris Motor Show simultaneously?

[/quote]

Autocar put this story up around 4 hours after it appeared on Sky News.

How long does it take to reproduce a SMMT press release?

6 October 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]

[quote Lee23404]Autocar beaten to the latest news by a forum member, yet again[/quote]

That made me chuckle buddy! :-)

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Cheers! All your anti-Audi posts are now forgiven ;-)

6 October 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]of course there's only ONE person who works at Autocar!! [/quote]And he's briefed to handle only SMMT press releases and get them on the website double-quick in case smart-ass bloggers act the wise guy.

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