December 2012 new car registration figures: New car registrations were up 3.7% in December according to the latest figures released today by the SMMT.
123,557 cars were registered in the month, with the market 3.7% or 4,369 units up on December 2011 (which was down 3.7% on December 2010). Year to date UK new car registrations rose 5.3% in 2012 to 2,044,609 units.
“More than two million new cars were registered in the UK during 2012, up 5.3% on the previous 12 months and the best result since recession struck in 2008,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Boosted by strong consumer demand, the market grew at its fastest rate for 11 years with innovative, fuel-efficient cars keeping buyers in showrooms. Looking ahead to 2013, we anticipate the market will hold firm, with manufacturers and dealers working hard to deliver quality and value to motorists.”
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