NOVEMBER NEW CAR MARKET DOWN BUT FUEL EFFICIENCY IS BETTER THAN EVER
SMMT NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS
6 December 2011 (data for November 2011)
- New car demand fell by 4.2% in November to 134,027 units, but was some 5,000 units above forecast.
- Diesel and alternatively fuelled cars both took record market shares in the November market.
- Average new car fuel efficiency improved 29.3% in last 10 years, giving the highest ever mpg.
- New car registrations over the first 11 months of 2011 were down 4.5%, at 1,822,065 units.
- Market looks set to better full year forecast of 1.923 million units, but caution remains over 2012.
“While the November new car market saw a 4.2% dip, the fuel efficiency of new models broke all records with the average new car achieving 52.5mpg,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite the Chancellor delaying the 3p rise in fuel duty, our cost of fuel is still among the highest in Europe, so customers are sure to welcome the 29.3% improvement in new car fuel efficiency over the last 10 years, a demonstration of industry’s commitment to delivering good value to motorists.”
Average new car miles per gallon (mpg) 2001 to YTD 2011