UK new car registrations have regained speed after growth slowed in July, according to official figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). According to the SMMT, 81,640 cars were registered in the UK in August 2016.
After rising by just 0.1% in July, August’s UK registrations grew by 3.3% compared with the same month in 2015. The figures suggest that it was fleet registrations which bolstered the market, however, as private registrations fell by 0.2%.
Year-to-date registrations are 1,680,799, up by 2.8% on the same period of 2015, with nearly 50,000 more cars registered this year so far.
As predicted, sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose again, with strong growth of 30.8% compared with the same period in 2015. The segment still only made up 3.1% of registrations last month, though. Diesel registrations fell again, by 0.2%, while petrol sales rose by 5.3%.
The biggest brand growths came from the smaller-volume brands, with Infiniti posting the biggest growth of 618% in August, over the same month in 2015. The brand still only represens 0.34% of the market, however, with 280 cars registered in August. Ssangyong, MG, Dacia and Jeep grew by 78%, 130%, 97% and 75% respectively.
Lotus’s registrations picked up significantly too, with the Hethel-based company posting 500% growth - registering 90 cars - compared with August 2015. This comes after Lotus registered just one car in July 2016.
The largest growth posted by a high-volume brand was that of Kia, with monthly sales growing by 81% compared with August 2015. The company's Sportage crossover was one of the best-selling cars in the UK over the month.