New Car Sales Upturn Ongoing In October

Published Date: 11th Nov 2013

New car registrations were up again in October with a total of 157, 315 units sold and representing 20 months of consecutive growth according to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). The figures for the year to date show a new car sales total approaching 2 million units with the SMMT forecasting a total figure for 2013 of 2.25 million units with a further prediction that although in 2014 sales may ‘flatten out’ there will still be small upturn.

The private buyer continues to play a big part in the flourishing new car market, with private new car sales showing a 4.5% increase in October and a very healthy increase for the year to date of nearly 16%.

It’s thought the pull of new technology, lower emissions new cars, and more fuel efficient vehicles is a big pull for private buyers who can offset the cost of a new car against big savings on running costs.

The supermini sector continues to be the strongest with Fiesta the UK’s most popular new car leading the way, with cleaner, more efficient offerings like the all-new Ford Fiesta Ecoboost model plus the Fiesta boasts superb equipment levels and overall build quality for a vehicle in its class.

The Fiesta easily leads sales in October and the year to date with over 8.5 thousand units sold in Ocotber, the next best seller for the month was the Vauxhall Corsa with over 5,000 units sold, closely followed by the Ford Fiesta, VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra. Nissan features heavily with the Qashqai and Juke 6th and 7th best sellers, followed by the Vauxhall Insignia, the iconic Fiat 500 and the BMW 3 series. Other sectors showing a big increase for demand are dual purpose vehicles with sales of brand new compact SUV Crossover cars showing a big upturn.