Industry says 11th straight drop shows scrappage can't come quickly enough
7 May 2009

Car sales in the UK fell by 24 per cent in April compared with the same month last year, according to figures released this morning by industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

In total, 133,425 vehicles were sold during April. The total number of vehicles sold in the UK in the first four months of the year was 613,833, a drop of 245,184 (or 28.5 per cent) compared with the same period in 2008. Sales of small cars rose in April, however, as the UK's recession continues to bite.

The monthly figures represent the 11th year-on-year drop in a row, but the SMMT is hopeful that the scrappage scheme, funded by the manufacturers and the government, will have an immediate effect when it starts on 18 May.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said, “Today records the 11th successive fall in new car registrations yet the UK motor industry continues to demonstrate its strength and resilience throughout. Despite the tough conditions, the industry is hopeful that its prospects will improve in the coming months and the steps it has taken will provide the basis for a sustained recovery once growth returns. The UK motor industry remains of strategic importance and will play a key part in generating jobs and prosperity into the future.”

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