November has seen the 33rd consecutive month of growth in the new car market
4 December 2014

The number of new cars sold in the UK in 2014 has already passed the full-year figure for 2013 with one month of sales left to go. A total of 172,327 new cars were registered in the UK in November 2014, an increase of eight per cent over November 2013.

The total number of new cars sold so far in 2014 is 2,310,237 which is up 9.4 per cent on the same time last year, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures.

Another month of sales success makes this the 33rd consecutive month of growth in the UK's new car market. The SMMT is predicting things to slow down in 2015, however. 

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Six months after the record was broken for consecutive monthly growth in new car registrations, the market continues to march on. 

"Today’s figures are an indication of the continuing economic confidence that is driving the new car market, with business, fleet and private registrations all showing strong rises in the month. We expect a more stable market in 2015."

UK's best-selling cars in November 2014

Ford Fiesta 7660 units

Volkswagen Golf 5440

Vauxhall Corsa 4832

Ford Focus 4813

Volkswagen Polo 4075

Nissan Qashqai 3947

Vauxhall Astra 3710

Nissan Juke 3557

Audi A3 3451

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 3336

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4 December 2014
I find it amazing that about 1 in 20 adults have access to a new car every year. Oh well time for home and a even bigger traffic jam.


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4 December 2014
Is it time for SMMT to start thinking about bringing back the British Motor Show? With such impressive growth and a stronger than ever British motor manufacturing industry (JLR, Nissan particularly), surely it's time to rethink that 2008 decision? If it had half decent publicity and wasn't peddled with the usual horrific add-ons (like those dodgy arena shows), I think it would do quite well.

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