New car sales up slightly last month
Monday 06 February 2012
New car sales edged up a fraction last month, official figures showed today.
There were 128,853 new registrations in January 2012 - a 0.03% rise on the figure of 128,811 in January 2011, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
The new car market is expected to remain stable this year, dipping just 1% to 1.92 million units in 2012, before recovering in 2013, the SMMT said today.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "The January new car market held firm - a welcome sign of stability in uncertain economic times."
He went on: "2012 is set to be an exciting year, with record numbers of new models coming to the market filled with innovative technology that will save the motorist fuel, enhance comfort and further increase levels of safety and security.
"However, to maintain market stability, Government must act decisively and deliver much-needed confidence to businesses and consumers."
Last month's figures were boosted by private sales which were up 2.7%, while there was also growth in the fleet sector.
Demand for diesel cars continued to increase in January 2012, with diesel's share of the market rising from 50.5% a year ago to 53.7%.
Registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles rose by 17.7% in the month, but accounted for only 1.6% of the market.
The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling model in January 2012. Four of the top sellers were superminis and the segment showed the largest rise in volumes during January.
- 1 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 2 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 3 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
iJobs Money & Business
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...
£50000 - £667000 per annum + excellent benefits : Ashdown Group: IT Manager / ...
£13000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Scotland's leading life insuran...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Training Programme Manag...