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New car registrations were up 31.6% in October to 168,942 units

Sat, 07 Nov 2009

* New car registrations were up 31.6% in October to 168,942 units
* Year-to-date registrations at 1,685,981, still down by 12.3%
* Fourth month of growth sustained by the Scrappage Incentive Scheme

* Private demand up 86% in the month, further supporting positive impact of Scrappage

* Ford Fiesta best selling car in October and for first 10 months of the year

* Hyundai i10 and FIAST 500 both in October top ten

“October has seen this year’s biggest monthly increase in registrations with the successful scrappage scheme accounting for over 20% of them,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We have seen additional demand created by the extension of the scheme and customers wanting to avoid the VAT increase planned for January. Encouragingly, there has also been an increase in demand in the fleet and business sectors, which will be critical in sustaining recovery next year.”


Much of the October sales increase wasdue to manufacturers unable to supply cars for September delivery.

Top ten best sellers October
1 Ford Fiesta 8,812 sales October
2 Vauxhall Astra 7,415 sales October
3 Ford Focus 6,668 sales October
4 Vauxhall Corsa 6,332 sales October
5 VW Golf 4,630 sales October
6 Peugeot 207 4,397 sales October
7 Renault Clio 3,613 sales October
8 Hyundai i10 3,230 sales October
9 MINI 3,120 sales October
10 FIAT 500 2989 sales October

Top ten best sellers Year to date

1 Ford Fiesta 101,392 sales year to date
2 Ford Focus 80,532 sales year to date

3 Vauxhall Corsa 74,287 sales year to date

4 Vauxhall Astra 56,657 sales year to date
5 VW Golf 48,241 sales year to date

6 Peugeot 207 41,019 sales year to date
7 MINI 32,910 sales year to date
8 BMW 3-Series 32,294 sales year to date
9 Vauxhall Insignia 32,022 sales year to date
10 Ford Mondeo 29,531 sales year to date


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