UK new car sales rise for the 12th consecutive month

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has just released their latest data on new car sales and it shows that new car registrations rose by 7.9% in February 2013, with the number of vehicles sold topping 66,700. This comes on the back of their 2012 figures which revealed that in the whole of 2012 new car sales went up by 5.3%. The actual number of new cars sold in 2012 was 2.04 million – the highest figure since 2008.

It seems that private demand is currently driving growth in new car sales, with the month of February seeing the highest growth since the Scrappage Scheme incentive ended in early 2012. The SMMT predict that car sales will rise further in March when the next registration plate change is due.

Featuring highly at the top of the list of new car sales is the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus, with the Focus in number one position and the Fiesta closely behind in number two. These cars are also still at the top of the ‘year-to-date’ new car sales figures with the Fiesta just beating the Focus to number one position.

The rise in new car sales in February was the 12th consecutive rise in as many months with private registration vehicles seeing 14 consecutively monthly rises with private sales volumes up by 28.9%.

The SMMT figures also reveal that for the month of February over 10,000 new Fords were sold with the company seeing a market share of sales of just under 15%, this is up from February 2012 when just under 9,000 Ford vehicles were sold. This is an 11% increase in sales of new Fords by monthly comparison in just one year.

With the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus proving more popular than ever it might be time to look at your motoring needs. Car manufacturers have some amazing deals on new cars and used cars at the moment, with many offering customer incentives to keep sales booming. Taking a look at the current availability of new and used cars – Matlock Ford, for example, have a wide range of stock currently available with deals to be had on many of the motors on site.