New car market posts 12th successive month of growth in February

5Astra2,1815Qashqai6,136 Mkt share ’1350.0%48.5%1.5%42.9%52.7%4.3% 6Qashqai1,8566Golf5,748 FebruaryTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness % change7.9%-3.0%20.5%26.6%28.9%-4.4%-1.4% Mkt share ’1253.7%44.8%1.5%39.5%56.8%3.7% 10Juke1,10610Juke3,628 82081,4238Polo4,322 2013210,392105,164102,1073,12190,357110,9679,068 New car market growth continues in February, ahead of key plate-change market in MarchUK new car registrations rose for a 12th consecutive month in February, with a 7.9% rise to 66,749 units.Increase was on par with average growth posted during the last three months and above the 6.4% average growth posted in the last 12 months.Given the subdued nature of the economy, the growth is likely to be the result of market specific factors – notably replacement demand being enticed through attractive deals and offers on new, more efficient cars.February is typically the lowest volume monthly market in the year ahead of the plate-change in March. In 2012, February accounted for 3% of the annual market, whilst March took an 18.2% share.Private registrations have risen for 14-consecutive months, with volumes in February up 28.9%.Registrations of Mini segment cars rose 135.7% in February and have doubled during the year-to-date. The Supermini segment strengthened its position as the largest segment, with a 35.6% share of volumes in February.Demand for petrol cars rose a fifth in the month, supported by the growth in private demand and Mini/Supermini segments. Alternatively-fuelled cars reported a 26.6% rise in February volumes.Low volume monthly markets can see big percentage change differences in year-on-year comparisons.The Ford Focus was the best selling model in February, whilst the Ford Fiesta took top spot in the year-to-date.SMMT is expecting new ’13’-plate registrations in March to be just ahead of last year’s 372,835 units.Click through to download the full February 2013 news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 201261,86833,32427,88565922,72337,4121,733 Mkt share ’1253.9%45.1%1.1%36.7%60.5%2.8% Mkt share ’1348.4%50.3%1.2%43.9%53.6%2.6% Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Year-to-date 2012190,721102,50485,4392,77875,416108,3336,972 201366,74932,32733,58883429,28235,7591,708 3Corsa3,2143Corsa8,392 February 2013 best sellers 1Focus3,8531Fiesta11,561 4Golf2,4134Astra7,643 9C-Class1,3179C-Class3,673 7Polo1,43772084,382 % change10.3%2.6%19.5%12.3%19.8%2.4%30.1% 2Fiesta3,6552Focus9,647 UK new car registrations rose 7.9% to 66,749 units in February 2013.Registrations over the year-to-date increased 10.3% to 210,392 units.Growth boosted by private demand again, with February securing the highest growth in the private market since the end of the Scrappage Incentive Scheme in Spring 2010.Registrations of petrol and alternatively-fuelled cars rose more than a fifth in February.February is typically the smallest volume monthly market, ahead of the registration plate-change in March.“UK new car registrations have risen every month for the last year with February continuing the trend, growing 7.9% year-on-year boosted by the highest increase in private consumer demand since spring 2010,” said Mike Baunton, Interim Chief Executive, SMMT. “However, February is traditionally a low volume month as motorists look forward to the plate-change in March, but attractive new car deals are sustaining the market. New models are delivering ever greater fuel efficiency, practicality, refinement, technology and predictable ownership costs, so motorists are seeing the benefit of new car purchases.”February 2013 new car registrations data Best sellersFebruary

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