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Confident motorists drive new car registrations up in AprilBack


The SMMT reports that new car sales figures have increased in April, with private registrations continuing to improve.

Figures released this week show that new car sales figures in April were up by 8.2 per cent to 176,820 units following last month’s 14-plate change, which marks the 26th consecutive month of growth and takes the total volume of new cars for the year-to-date to 864,942, an increase of 12.5 per cent.

It is felt that continuing improvements in economic conditions has created the recent bolster in consumer confidence and helped to fuel new car registrations. Consumers continue to be drawn into the showroom by strong manufacturer deals and competitive finance offers.

Dealers are also reporting demand for smaller city cars and superminis that offer better fuel economy and cheaper maintenance. This along with the new products and services offered by dealers and manufacturers is encouraging people to buy.

SMMT GraphFurthermore, it is promising to see that the fleet market is also showing strong growth in April, suggesting that businesses are also beginning to feel more confident.

Despite the positive results last month, consumer confidence remains fragile and therefore it is important that dealers maintain competitive pricing and offer buyers strong incentives in order to convince customers to continue buying new cars.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said: “After the bumper plate-change month of March, the UK car market returned to more modest but still positive growth in April, with new car registrations up 8.2% to 176,820 units. This marks 26 consecutive months of growth as GDP continues to pick up, inflation falls and wage levels improve.

“As UK economic confidence improves still further and the market continues its upward trend, we have revised our 2014 forecast up from 2.3 million to over 2.4 million registrations. This represents an increase of more than 6% versus last year.”

For a full copy of the registration figures, Click here.

Posted by Leana Kell on 07/05/2014