Car sales slump continues to ease

  • March sales up 5.9% on expected levels
  • Lowest CO2 output for the first quarter
  • Diesel registrations on the increase
The sales slump for new cars continues to ease
The sales slump for new cars continues to ease
More than 366,100 new cars were registered in March – 5.9% up on the forecasted decrease in sales for this period, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Year-on-year sales were down by 7.9%, but the slowing of the decrease is seen as a positive trend in new car sales.

March is generally a strong month for new car registrations, with the new 11-plate becoming available.

Record drop in CO2
The first quarter’s average CO2 emissions, were also revealed – they were the lowest-ever figures with a decrease of 3.4% to 140.3g/km.

The cut in emissions could be attributed to the rise in popularity of diesel cars, which enjoyed a 7.1% increase in sales over those in March of 2010. Registrations of petrol cars dropped by a similar margin.

Top 10 best-sellers in February 2011


Position
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Registered
19,676
14,370
13,556
10,704
10,282
7826
7634
7184
7040
6103
Registered
27,924
24,435
20,536
17,250
17,101
12,214
11,904
10,335
10,141
9253


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