The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders recently said that November 2010 car registrations fell 11.5 percent in the United Kingdom from the year before. The new car market fell for a fifth successive month as it continued to adjust to the loss of the scrappage incentive scheme.
However, sales for 2010 are expected to be higher than a year ago, with sales up 3.4 percent over the first 11 months of the year at 1,907,029 units. The trade association said it forecasts new car sales in 2010 as a whole to be over 2.03 million units, up around 2 percent from 2009.
The trade society adds that new car registrations totaled 139,875 in November 2010, but the fall was smaller than expected, possibly due to people bringing forward purchases to avoid the rise in value added tax from 17.5 percent to 20 percent in January.
The society also adds that a rise in fleet sales, which rose 10.7 percent over the year-to-date, also helped. Registrations of alternatively fueled cars rose 83.5 percent in November to give them a 1.3 percent share of the November market and a 1.1 percent share over the year-to-date.
Diesel car volumes rose to 53 percent in November, in contrast to the slowdown in registrations of petrol cars that benefited strongly from 2009's scrappage scheme. [via autonews -sub. required]