The new car market showed signs of stability in the first month of 2012, with a total of 128,853 new car registrations in January, according to the analysis by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
That total was 42 cars more than January 2011’s total of 128,811 and represents a scant 0.03 per cent year-on-year rise.
But with the global economy still taking a battering, that stable market performance was a positive sign, according to the SMMT’s chief executive, Paul Everitt.
“The January new car market held firm with 128,853 registrations, marginally up on January 2011, a welcome sign of stability in uncertain economic times,” he said.
One of the key themes of January’s sales was the continuing increase in sales of diesels and alternatively fuelled vehicles.
Diesel’s market share grew from 50.5 per cent in January 2011 to 53.7 per cent this year, as motorists sought improved fuel efficiency, while registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles rose by 17.7 per cent in the month.