NEW CAR MARKET GROWS IN MAY AS REGISTRATIONS RISE 7.9 Percent







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: June 8, 2012
Categories: General News

SMMT NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS

8 June 2012 (data for May 2012)

  • New car registrations rose 7.9% in May to 162,288 units.
  • Largest percentage rise for 23 months boosted by 14.3% growth in private demand.
  • Ending a three-month decline, the fleet market was up 4.8% in May.
  • Registrations over January-May have risen 2.6% to 868,166 units.

“May’s 7.9% increase in new car registrations is good news for the motor industry and the UK economy, particularly the steady growth in demand from private buyers,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “There is no doubt that vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks are working hard to deliver value for money to motorists and the consistent climb in new car registrations during the first five months of the year suggests that confidence is returning, despite financial uncertainty in the eurozone.”

New Car Market May

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May Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2012 162,288 85,081 75,099 2,108 69,672 87,126 5,490
2011 150,431 79,562 69,270 1,599 60,963 83,121 6,347
% change 7.9% 6.9% 8.4% 31.8% 14.3% 4.8% -13.5%
Mkt share '12 52.4% 46.3% 1.3% 42.9% 53.7% 3.4%
Mkt share '11 52.9% 46.0% 1.1% 40.5% 55.3% 4.2%
Year-to-date Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2012 868,166 443,519 412,502 12,145 396,364 435,501 36,301
2011 846,513 423,174 411,992 11,347 365,406 435,607 45,500
% change 2.6% 4.8% 0.1% 7.0% 8.5% 0.0% -20.2%
Mkt share '12 51.1% 47.5% 1.4% 45.7% 50.2% 4.2%
Mkt share '11 50.0% 48.7% 1.3% 43.2% 51.5% 5.4%
Best sellers May    Year-to-date
1 Corsa 8,413 1 Fiesta 50,507
2 Fiesta 8,337 2 Corsa 38,347
3 Focus 6,983 3 Focus 36,916
4 Golf 5,867 4 Golf 28,261
5 Astra 5,433 5 Astra 25,011
6 3 Series 3,520 6 Polo 18,971
7 Polo 3,228 7 Qashqai 18,660
8 Qashqai 3,179 8 3 Series 17,205
9 Insignia 2,949 9 Insignia 15,031
10 500 2,823 10 C-Class 14,434

Market up for third successive month and fleet market returns to growth

  • The new car market rose 7.9% or 11,857 units in May to 162,288 units. This was the strongest rate of growth since the scrappage-induced rise in June 2010 and was the third, and largest, monthly increase in a row.
  • Registrations over the first five months of 2012 have improved by 2.6% to 868,166 units. This was a 21,653 unit increase over last year, with this growth firmly established in the past three months.
  • The 12-month running rate stood at 1.963 million units in May, almost unchanged from a year ago but some 20,000 units above the 2011 full year figure of 1,941,343 units.
  • Recent growth in the market has been supported by improved private volumes, which have recovered to post an 8.5% rise over the first five months of 2012, with a 14.3% increase in May. Fleet volumes also picked up in May.
  • The May market was more than 6% and 9,000 units above SMMT’s forecast for the month.
  • As new models came to market, the alternatively-fuelled sector grew 31.8%. Petrol and diesel cars also recorded growth in the month and the year-to-date.
  • New models helped the Mini segment rise 85.8% in May. The Dual Purpose, Lower Medium, Supermini and Specialist Sports segments also recorded improved volumes in the month.
  • The Vauxhall Corsa was the best-selling model in May, with Ford’s Fiesta top over the first five months of 2012.

Source SMMT