New car sales rise for fifth month in a row

New car sales in the final quarter of 2000 were the strongest on record. Year to date figures show the market up 3.2 per cent at 267,059 units Sales to private buyers soar 15.4 per cent in February The last change of the current number plate system to the Y plate took place on 1 March. New car sales rise for fifth month in a row New car registrations rose 7.3 per cent in February to 79,151 units Private sales took 39.7 per cent of the market last month compared to 36.9 per cent in February 2000. In the first two months of the year private sales rose 24.7 per cent. Fleet sales rose by 4.4 per cent in February to 42,584 units. ‘After four consecutive months of growth and with a change to the Y plate on 1 March, we might have expected a dip in new car sales in February. But last month’s rise, once again driven by private buyers, shows that the market is in an extremely healthy state’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Sophisticated consumers in this country have not been fazed by conflicting car price reports’, he added. ‘They know where to go to get the best possible deal and these figures show that they are voting for the UK with their feet and wallets’. Notes to editors February 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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