WELCOME START TO 2012 AS NEW CAR MARKET SHOWS SIGNS OF STABILITY







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 6, 2012
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New car registrations rose 0.03% to 128,853 units in January.

  • Diesel and alternatively-fuelled cars increased volumes, up 6.3% and 17.7% respectively.
  • The new car market is expected to remain stable in 2012, dipping just 1% to 1.92 million units in 2012, before recovering in 2013.

“The January new car market held firm with 128,853 registrations, marginally up on January 2011, a welcome sign of stability in uncertain economic times,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “2012 is set to be an exciting year with record numbers of new models coming to market filled with innovative technology that will save the motorist fuel, enhance comfort and further increase levels of safety and security. However, to maintain market stability, government must act decisively and deliver much needed confidence to businesses and consumers.”

New car registrations (millions), 2002 to 2013, forecast at January 2012

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Notes

*SIS refers to the Scrappage Incentive Scheme

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. It supports the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media. The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for £49 billion turnover and £10 billion value added. With over 700,000 jobs dependent on the industry, it accounts for more than 10% of total exports and invests 1.3 billion each year in automotive R&D. For more details, see SMMT’s 12th Annual Sustainability Report and Motor Industry Facts atwww.smmt.co.uk/publications.

January Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2012 128,853 69,180 57,554 2,119 52,960 70,649 5,244
2011 128,811 65,104 61,907 1,800 51,574 70,447 6,790
% change 0.0% 6.3% -7.0% 17.7% 2.7% 0.3% -22.8%
Mkt share '12 53.7% 44.7% 1.6% 41.1% 54.8% 4.1%
Mkt share '11 50.5% 48.1% 1.4% 40.0% 54.7% 5.3%
Year-to-date Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business
2012 128,853 69,180 57,554 2,119 52,960 70,649 5,244
2011 128,811 65,104 61,907 1,800 51,574 70,447 6,790
% change 0.0% 6.3% -7.0% 17.7% 2.7% 0.3% -22.8%
Mkt share '12 53.7% 44.7% 1.6% 41.1% 54.8% 4.1%
Mkt share '11 50.5% 48.1% 1.4% 40.0% 54.7% 5.3%
Best sellers January Year-to-date
1 Fiesta 7,824 1 Fiesta 7,824
2 Focus 5,643 2 Focus 5,643
3 Golf 3,992 3 Golf 3,992
4 Corsa 3,624 4 Corsa 3,624
5 Astra 3,340 5 Astra 3,340
6 Polo 2,898 6 Polo 2,898
7 Insignia 2,719 7 Insignia 2,719
8 Qashqai 2,627 8 Qashqai 2,627
9 A3 2,380 9 A3 2,380
10 207 2,364 10 207 2,364

Market remains stable at start of 2012

  • New car registrations rose 0.03% or 42 units in January 2012 to 128,853 units.
  • January’s performance was boosted by the private market, up 2.7% on January 2011 and further growth in the fleet sector.
  • January typically accounts for around 7% of annual registrations, ahead of the key March market, which typically represents 18% of the annual market and approximately 65% of volumes registered in quarter one.
  • Demand for diesel cars continues to rise and its market share moved from 50.5% a year ago to 53.7%, as motorists look to ensure increased fuel efficiency. Registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles rose by 17.7% in the month and accounted for 1.6% of the market, mirroring the record levels confirmed in November and December 2011, on the back of new products entering the market.
  • The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model in January 2012. Four of the top sellers were Superminis and the segment showed the largest rise in volumes during January. Growth in demand for Luxury, Dual Purpose, Executive and Sports segments is also evident.
  • SMMT revised down its full year forecast of the new car market in 2012 to 1.92 million units, a 1.1% drop on the 1.94 million unit outturn in 2011. The economic outlook remains weak and continues to make the new car market challenging, but new and more efficient products should provide support to volumes as we move forward through 2012. The market is expected to grow to 1.98 million units in 2013.

The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Providing that www.smmt.co.uk is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted for editorial use only. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT. February 2012 new car registration figures will be released on 6 March 2012 at 09:00.

REGISTRATIONS OF NEW CARS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM - BY MARQUE
JANUARY % Change YEAR TO DATE % Change
MARQUE 2012 % Market share 2011 % Market share 2012 % Market share 2011 % Market share
Abarth 49 0.04 78 0.06 -37.18 49 0.04 78 0.06 -37.18
Alfa Romeo 538 0.42 595 0.46 -9.58 538 0.42 595 0.46 -9.58
Aston Martin 63 0.05 55 0.04 14.55 63 0.05 55 0.04 14.55
Audi 8,563 6.65 8,302 6.45 3.14 8,563 6.65 8,302 6.45 3.14
Bentley 107 0.08 75 0.06 42.67 107 0.08 75 0.06 42.67
BMW 6,249 4.85 8,726 6.77 -28.39 6,249 4.85 8,726 6.77 -28.39
Chevrolet 2,064 1.60 939 0.73 119.81 2,064 1.60 939 0.73 119.81
Chrysler 98 0.08 56 0.04 75.00 98 0.08 56 0.04 75.00
Citroen 4,041 3.14 5,126 3.98 -21.17 4,041 3.14 5,126 3.98 -21.17
Daihatsu 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00
Fiat 2,886 2.24 2,488 1.93 16.00 2,886 2.24 2,488 1.93 16.00
Ford 20,061 15.57 19,657 15.26 2.06 20,061 15.57 19,657 15.26 2.06
Honda 3,263 2.53 3,957 3.07 -17.54 3,263 2.53 3,957 3.07 -17.54
Hyundai 4,066 3.16 3,974 3.09 2.32 4,066 3.16 3,974 3.09 2.32
Infiniti 33 0.03 31 0.02 6.45 33 0.03 31 0.02 6.45
Jaguar 915 0.71 856 0.66 6.89 915 0.71 856 0.66 6.89
Jeep 158 0.12 80 0.06 97.50 158 0.12 80 0.06 97.50
Kia 4,282 3.32 3,100 2.41 38.13 4,282 3.32 3,100 2.41 38.13
Land Rover 3,492 2.71 2,530 1.96 38.02 3,492 2.71 2,530 1.96 38.02
Lexus 741 0.58 469 0.36 58.00 741 0.58 469 0.36 58.00
Lotus 23 0.02 19 0.01 21.05 23 0.02 19 0.01 21.05
Maserati 36 0.03 37 0.03 -2.70 36 0.03 37 0.03 -2.70
Mazda 1,784 1.38 2,189 1.70 -18.50 1,784 1.38 2,189 1.70 -18.50
Mercedes-Benz 6,273 4.87 5,195 4.03 20.75 6,273 4.87 5,195 4.03 20.75
MG 107 0.08 2 0.00 5,250.00 107 0.08 2 0.00 5,250.00
MINI 1,595 1.24 1,614 1.25 -1.18 1,595 1.24 1,614 1.25 -1.18
Mitsubishi 555 0.43 760 0.59 -26.97 555 0.43 760 0.59 -26.97
Nissan 6,285 4.88 5,174 4.02 21.47 6,285 4.88 5,174 4.02 21.47
Perodua 35 0.03 31 0.02 12.90 35 0.03 31 0.02 12.90
Peugeot 7,282 5.65 6,842 5.31 6.43 7,282 5.65 6,842 5.31 6.43
Porsche 409 0.32 360 0.28 13.61 409 0.32 360 0.28 13.61
Proton 23 0.02 34 0.03 -32.35 23 0.02 34 0.03 -32.35
Renault 2,802 2.17 3,867 3.00 -27.54 2,802 2.17 3,867 3.00 -27.54
Saab 4 0.00 452 0.35 -99.12 4 0.00 452 0.35 -99.12
SEAT 2,430 1.89 2,400 1.86 1.25 2,430 1.89 2,400 1.86 1.25
Skoda 3,718 2.89 3,061 2.38 21.46 3,718 2.89 3,061 2.38 21.46
smart 385 0.30 203 0.16 89.66 385 0.30 203 0.16 89.66
Ssangyong 43 0.03 3 0.00 1,333.33 43 0.03 3 0.00 1,333.33
Subaru 224 0.17 181 0.14 23.76 224 0.17 181 0.14 23.76
Suzuki 1,185 0.92 1,069 0.83 10.85 1,185 0.92 1,069 0.83 10.85
Toyota 5,756 4.47 5,557 4.31 3.58 5,756 4.47 5,557 4.31 3.58
Vauxhall 12,110 9.40 15,311 11.89 -20.91 12,110 9.40 15,311 11.89 -20.91
Volkswagen 11,589 8.99 11,041 8.57 4.96 11,589 8.99 11,041 8.57 4.96
Volvo 2,373 1.84 2,116 1.64 12.15 2,373 1.84 2,116 1.64 12.15
Other British 64 0.05 114 0.09 -43.86 64 0.05 114 0.09 -43.86
Other Imports 94 0.07 83 0.06 13.25 94 0.07 83 0.06 13.25
Total 128,853 128,811 0.03 128,853 128,811 0.03