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New UK car market off to a strong start

NFDA 06/02/2017

“The UK new car market grew by 2.9% in January with 174,564 new vehicles registered. The performance reflects the strength and importance of the retail motor sector adding to the growth of the UK economy”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) commenting on SMMT’s new car registration figures.

New passenger car registration rose by 2.9% in January, marking a 12-year high. Alternative fuel vehicles continued their positive trend (+19.9%) and now have a market share of 4.2%, the highest ever. Private demand grew by 5.0%. Diesel registrations were down -4.3%, while petrol saw an increase of 8.9%.

Robinson continued, “It is extremely encouraging to see that following last year’s slowdown, private demand came back strong with a growth of 5.0% in January.

“The decision of the Bank of England to raise the growth forecast for this year from 1.4% to 2.0% is a positive sign as, in line with January’s new car market figures, shows that the UK economy has remained stable in the aftermath of Brexit.

“A number of factors including the new and more expensive VED tax rates coming into effect in April, low interest rates and attractive finance packages will continue to attract new buyers in the upcoming months.”

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.