New Car Sales Forecast For 2013 Is Positive

Published Date: 5th Aug 2013

The forecast for new car registrations in 2013 is looking very positive according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) who estimate a total of 2.216 million brand new car sales by the end of the year achieving an upturn of 8.4% on 2012 figures.

The SMMT forecast takes into account a 17th successive month of growth in new car registration in the UK with the first 6 months of 2013 showing significant growth and  July registrations up 12.7% to 162,228 units with private registrations up 11.9% (71,549 units).

Private buyers continue to be enticed by the benefits of brand new cars with low running costs that the latest technology that offers eco-friendlier engines, lighter vehicles plus motorists can benefit from cheaper or even zero road tax with low CO2 emissions and the significantly better fuel economy offered  by more efficient new vehicles with state of the art technology like stop/start.

As well as the pull of significant savings on running costs motorists are also being enticed by lots of discount new car deals available on the market and the availability of new car finance with low interest rates.

Ford continues to be the biggest seller with the UK’s favourites supermini the Ford Ford Fiesta consistently topping the monthly new  car registration figures which is does again in July with 9,089 units sold. It’s big brother the Ford Focus is the UK’s second favourite car. The Vauxhall Corsa a favourite amomgst driving instructors sits third in sales for July followed by the Vauxhall Astra and the ever popular VW Golf. The 6th best seller in July is the UK’s favourite crossover the eye-catching Nissan Qashqai followed closely by the VW Polo. Britain’s favourite executive car the BMW 3 Series is the 8th best seller in July with the Peugeot 208 9th and the BMW 1 Series 10th.