“It is positive to see that the new car market has continued to remain strong during September and the successful plate change reflects growing economic confidence”, said Sue Robinson, Director of 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 were up 6% - the biggest September since 2004. The new ‘65’ number plate boosted volumes, with September marking the 43rd consecutive month of growth in the new car market, and passing the two million mark.
Robinson continued, “In what is typically considered a high volume month for registrations, it brings great news that the 65-plate change this month is the best performing month since September 2004.
“The fleet market remains strong with a 15.2% increase as business confidence grows, and in turn encourages businesses to invest in new vehicles.
“The NFDA is hopeful that the growth and stability of the market shown by the latest plate change will continue through the remainder of the year.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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.