New car sales down
Wednesday 06 October 2010
New car sales dipped last month compared with the scrappage-boosted figure in September 2009, it was announced today.
A total of 335,246 new vehicles were registered in September 2010 - an 8.9% fall on the total for the same month last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
The 2010 year-end new car sale total is now expected to reach two million - slightly up on 2009.
The September 2009 total was influenced by the Government's car scrappage scheme which was introduced in May last year and which ran until the early part of 2010.
The SMMT said that, with the effects of scrappage excluded, the September 2010 total was was 16.3% ahead of September 2009 and on a par with September 2008.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt added: "Despite an 8.9% fall in September registrations, demand for new cars has stabilised and will end 2010 slightly up on last year.
"It is important that, alongside the Government's austerity measures, the comprehensive spending review signals a strong growth agenda to boost consumer and business confidence."
So far this year, the new car market has totalled 1,635,659 - a 7.8% rise on the January-September 2009 figure.
But with the scrappage scheme at an end, sales have fallen 11.0% in the last three months compared with the same period last year.
Last month, when the new "60" registration plates were introduced, was 1% better than the SMMT had predicted earlier but was still the second-worst September since the twice-yearly (March and September) plate change was introduced in 1999.
SMMT said it remained cautious about the outlook for new car sales, adding that the VAT rise, due in January, "could modestly affect the timing of demand towards the end of the year".
Private sales, which were particularly boosted by the scrappage scheme, were down 19% last month compared with September 2009, but fleet sales rose 6.7%.
These were the best-selling models in September 2010:
1. Ford Fiesta
2. Vauxhall Corsa
3. Vauxhall Astra
4. Ford Focus
5. Vauxhall Insignia
6. Volkswagen Golf
8. Peugeot 207
9. Ford Mondeo
10. BMW 1 Series
Sales of the tablet are set to fall again, say analysts
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Parties threaten resort's image as a family destination
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming the street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Are you ready for Crazy Doritos, the red-hot snack food craze sweeping Mexico’s streets?
- 4 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 5 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Isis in Kobani: US resupplies Kurdish fighters by plane - then Turkey allows reinforcements through its border
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming the street artist's identity has been revealed
Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?
Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
iJobs Money & Business
£18 - 23k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Customer Service Executiv...
£60 - 65k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a ASP.NET Web Developer / ....
£60,000 - £80,000: Saxton Leigh: Our client is an leading Asset Manager based...
£27000 - £32000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our large charity ...