42nd consecutive month of growth for UK new car market

Published Date: 10th Sep 2015

  • UK new car registrations increase 9.6% in August to 79,060 units.
  • Gains made across private, fleet and business market segments.
  • Year-to-date new car market up 6.7% to 1,634,369 units.


The new car market recorded its 42nd consecutive month of growth in August – albeit in one of the year’s quietest months – according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. New car registrations increased 9.6% to 79,060 for the month, taking year-to-date growth to a healthy 6.7%.

Gains were made across all sectors and all fuel types, with registrations in the private, business and fleet markets up 7.2%, 11.8% and 12.1% respectively. The market for alternatively-fuelled vehicles, meanwhile, grew 52.3% year on year, maintaining a steady 2.4% share of the overall market.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, announced, “August’s strong performance has again been driven by 65-plate new car sales now in full swing, we expect UK new car showrooms to be as busy as ever.”


Data courtesy of SMMT