The UK car industry continued to its record-breaking run of sales figures with 184,101 new cars registered in November, with the market increasing by 2.9%, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The growth has delivered more than 2.5 million new cars on to British roads so far this year – the first time the milestone has been reached in November.
Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) remained strong in the month, growing 25.1% to 6,663 units, representing 3.6% of the market – the highest ever achieved. Petrol registrations grew 7.9% to 88,541 units, while diesels remained just ahead on market share with 88,897 vehicles registered, a fall of -2.9%.
Superminis continued to be the most popular body style – making up more than a quarter (29.7%) of all cars registered in November, followed by small family cars and SUVs. Executive and city cars enjoyed the biggest growth, up 27.7% and 25% respectively. Fleets accounted for more than half of the market, as registrations to private buyers fell slightly by -1.2%.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Our industry continues to make vehicles that are ever safer, more refined, more efficient and more enjoyable to drive – and the latest advanced technology and cutting-edge designs are continuing to attract buyers into showrooms.
“It’s encouraging to see that alternatively fuelled vehicles, although still a small proportion of the market, have seen strong growth this month achieving a record market share. Long-term government support and incentives are essential if these vehicles are to command a larger market share in the future.”
Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said: “The steady growth benefits our members not only with sales, but also the increased demand for servicing and repair work for these vehicles.
“Fleet sales are currently driving the market, up 5.1%. The overall growth in what is usually a quiet month is extremely positive and annual figures are projected to reach over 2.67 million units, meaning a slight increase on last year’s record results. We are now looking forward to see what the market has in store for the last month of 2016.”