Car sales fall in January
The drop in demand was expected and means sales have continued to drop for seven consecutive months.
By the end of 2011 the SMMT is predicting that sales will have dropped around 5% compared with 2010 to 1.93 million.
Although they continue to occupy most of the top 10 best-selling places, demand for small family cars and superminis fell sharply compared with a year ago when the scrappage incentive was in place. Demand for MPVs and executive and luxury cars increased.