“The increase in retail car sales in September exceeded expectations” said Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s new car registration figures.

New car sales figures, released today, show month on month sales were up 8.2%% compared to September last year. Private registrations showed one of the best monthly increases in the past two years, up 14.2% in March.

Sue Robinson continued “September is typically a strong month for new car registrations with the September plate change boosting sales. There are also a number of great retail offers and finance packages currently available to consumers which are tempting people into show rooms and boosting sales. The strong increase in private registrations shows some signs of economic recovery with consumers feeling confident enough to commit to purchasing a brand new car.” ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Keely Scanlan, Press Officer Tel: 020 7307 3410 Mob: 07825097697 Press Office direct line: 020 7307 3422 Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk Email: keely.scanlan@rmif.co.uk 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.