New car sales showed an encouraging 3.3 per cent year-on-year rise in April
4 May 2012

New car sales showed an encouraging rise in April, prompting the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to revise its 2012 sales forecast upwards.

Last month a total of 142,322 new cars were registered, which represents a year-on-year growth of 3.3 per cent.

Encouraged by the growth in April on the back of a strong March, the SMMT has revised its full-year forecast to 1.95 million units. If that target is hit, it would represent a market growth of 0.4 per cent over 2011.

Some of the growth has been bolstered by a recovery in the private market, which grew 14.8 per cent in April and is up 7.3 per cent in the year-to-date.

“We are seeing a steady increase in consumer confidence with growth in private demand, boosted by the arrival of a raft of new products,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “SMMT has increased its full year forecast to 1.95 million units, putting the market marginally ahead of 2011, indicating a period of relative stability.”

Contrary to the preceding months, petrol cars increased their share of the market in April. Growth was diverse across the vehicle segments, with the small car, dual-purpose vehicle and excutive/sports car sectors all showing sales increases.

It wasn’t all good news, fleet and business registrations shrunk by 3.4 per cent and 11.2 per cent respectively.

The Ford Fiesta continues to be the best selling car in Britain, for both the month of April as well for the first four months of the year.

Kabeer Mahajan

April 2012’s best sellers

1 Ford Fiesta 8780 cars sold2 Vauxhall Corsa 61843 Ford Focus 54914 Vauxhall Astra 46845 BMW 3 Series 37376 Volkswagen Golf 36007 Volkswagen Polo 35798 Nissan Qashqai 29909 Vauxhall Insignia 275110 Fiat 500 2600

 

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4 May 2012

From what I am seeing out there, the increased figures are just a blip and I can see it being revised down again next month.

 

 

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

4 May 2012

I dropped my Clio in for some service work yesterday and I can tell you that the dealership was very quiet at both times.

Perhaps they do most of their selling business at the weekends.

4 May 2012

Interesting to see the 3 series riding high in the charts again, significantly outselling the next best big car, the Insignia.

How long can BMW keep selling 320ds by the bucket load before their sheer overwhelming numbers make them undesirable? And without badge allure, what does that leave BMW?

4 May 2012

[quote Oilburner]How long can BMW keep selling 320ds by the bucket load before their sheer overwhelming numbers make them undesirable? And without badge allure, what does that leave BMW?[/quote]

The fact that BMW sell loads of 3 series diesels must have far more to do with value for money than any badge snobbery.

4 May 2012

Looking beyond the Top Ten makes interesting reading as usual. Well, kind of.

It's ironic that Saab managed to sell more cars in April than MG: 23 to 16. It looks like the Avis effect has finished for the MG6 (at least for now), and sales are back down to dismal levels. I know it's been said many, many times on here, but the MG6 diesel can't come soon enough...

Meanwhile, 23 sales for a company that hasn't built a car in well over a year isn't bad! I assume all 23 buyers are aware of Saab's fate and have negotiated enormous discounts?

4 May 2012

[quote Oilburner] How long can BMW keep selling 320ds by the bucket load before their sheer overwhelming numbers make them undesirable? And without badge allure, what does that leave BMW?[/quote]

It's the badge snobbery of the used car buyer that keeps them selling. They're tremendously cost efficient as a lease car because of strong residuals. Like many, I drive a BMW because although not that much better than a Ford or whatever, it actually costs me less to run one.

4 May 2012

[quote nicebiscuit]Like many, I drive a BMW because although not that much better than a Ford or whatever, it actually costs me less to run one[/quote]

The same also applies to the used BMWs. I also looked at a Mondeo Titanium X before I Settled on my 3 Series. One of the reasons I went for the BMW was because 3 years down the line the BMW will be worth an awful lot more than the Ford so works out more cost effective.

4 May 2012

But that's my point entirely, with so many of them on the road, at some point supply of used cars will meet demand, and so the residuals will suffer. This is especially true if there's so many of them that they're no longer seen as being special.

Don't get me wrong, I like the 3 series, I like it a lot, but since when does a car being merely good help it sell that well? Plently of medicore cars sell in large numbers for one reason and another...

4 May 2012

Further bad news for Nissan/Renault - registrations of EVs down 4+%

4 May 2012

From very little to begin with.

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