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Drop in UK's new car registrations in September, but growth still expected in 2010 over 2009
Autocar
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6 October 2010

New car registrations fell 8.9 per cent year-on-year in September – but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is confident the market has now stabilised.

The SMMT claims September 2010’s 335,246 units registered compares favourably to a scrappage-fuelled September 2009 and the market remains up 7.8 per cent over the year-to-date with 1,635,659 units being registered in total.

The SMMT also believes 2010 will end up slightly up on last year’s registrations at just over two million units.

Chief executive Paul Everitt has called on the government’s forthcoming comprehensive spending review to boost consumer confidence.

“Despite an 8.9 per cent fall in September registrations, demand for new cars has stabilised and will end 2010 slightly up on last year," he said. “It is important that alongside government’s austerity measures, the comprehensive spending review signals a strong growth agenda to boost consumer and business confidence.”

The UK’s top selling car in September was the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Vauxhall’s Astra and Corsa models. The Ford Focus was the UK’s fourth-best selling car last month ahead of the Vauxhall Insignia, VW Golf, Mini hatchback, Peugeot 207, Ford Mondeo and BMW 1-series.

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Addy Go Fast 6 October 2010

Re: UK's September sales down 8.9%

Los Angeles wrote:
And he's briefed to handle only SMMT press releases and get them on the website double-quick in case smart-ass bloggers act the wise guy

Yes he is. And he's taken out to the Autocar car park and shot on site if he reports the release more than 24 hours after the news has broken with other media sources. The fact he was only 4 hours late means a grade one kneecapping. Lucky guy.

RobotBoogie 6 October 2010

Re: UK's September sales down 8.9%

Don't worry - Lotus's new business plan include a forecast that all six new models will be in the top 10 by 2012, so there'll be British-built cars everywhere.

Los Angeles 6 October 2010

Re: UK's September sales down 8.9%

Addy Go Fast wrote:
of course there's only ONE person who works at Autocar!!
And he's briefed to handle only SMMT press releases and get them on the website double-quick in case smart-ass bloggers act the wise guy.