New car sales hit 10-year high

Published: Wednesday 7th January 2015 by The News Editor

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New car sales in 2014 reached more than 2.47 million – the highest annual figure since 2004 and the fourth-highest ever.

Last year’s total new registrations, at 2,476,435, were 9.3% up on the 2013 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

The 2014 total takes sales back to their pre-recession levels, with only the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 seeing more registrations than last year.

Sales have now risen for a record 34 consecutive months.

The SMMT reported that last year had seen a surge in demand for ultra-low emission vehicles, with registrations of plug-in cars increasing from 3,586 in 2013 to 14,498 in 2014.

The SMMT added that the UK remained the second largest new-car market in the EU – behind Germany and ahead of France, Italy and Spain.

In the final month of 2014 UK sales reached 166,435 – an 8.7% rise on the December 2013 total.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “UK new car registrations returned to pre-recession levels in 2014 as pent-up demand from the recession years combined with confidence in the economy saw consumer demand for the latest models grow consistently and strongly.

“The year was particularly strong for alternatively-fuelled vehicles as increased choice, coupled with a growing desire for reduced costs and greater efficiency, resulted in a quadrupling of plug-in car registrations over 2013.”

He went on: ” With a variety of new plug-in models expected in 2015, this area of the market will continue to grow significantly. For the market as a whole, we expect a more stable 2015 as demand levels off.”

These are the annual new car registration figures for recent years:


2002 2,563,631

2003 2,579,269

2004 2,567,269

2005 2,439,717

2006 2,344,864

2007 2,404,007

2008 2,131,795

2009 1,994,999

2010 2,030,846

2011 1,941,253

2012 2,044,609

2013 2,264,737

2014 2,476,435

These were the best-selling models in the UK in 2014:

1. Ford Fiesta

2. Ford Focus

3. Vauxhall Corsa

4. Volkswagen Golf

5. Vauxhall Astra

6. Nissan Qashqai

7. Volkswagen Polo

8. Audi A3

9. Fiat 500

10. Nissan Juke

Published: Wednesday 7th January 2015 by The News Editor

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