Figures released by the SMMT indicate that the April new car market in the UK dipped by 3.8% over the same month last year to 187,004 units. However, the cumulative figure for the first four months shows a 3.9% gain over the same period of last year to 943,010 units.


In spite of April’s market decline, the SMMT is still predicting another record year for the UK car market. SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said in a statement: “Despite a slight dip in April, we are confident of a fourth consecutive record year for the new car market. March registrations exceeded expectations by nearly 17,000 units, so it is not surprising that this momentum has not continued in April.


“However, in the context of the year-to-date, the market is still significantly up on last year. A strong underlying economy, raft of new model launches and intense competition should see total registrations hit 2.6 million units by the end of the year.”


The SMMT forecast for UK new car registrations has been revised upwards, as a result of the strong year-to-date growth, from 2.5 million to 2.6 million units.


New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 million units in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001.














































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































APRIL





% Change


YEAR TO DATE



% Change


MARQUE


2004


%market share


2003


%market share


2004


%market share


2003


%market share


Alfa Romeo


748


0.40


876


0.45


-14.61


3,662


0.39


4,078


0.45


-10.20


Aston Martin


38


0.02


61


0.03


-37.70


167


0.02


203


0.02


-17.73


Audi


6,011


3.21


5,739


2.95


4.74


28,513


3.02


26,326


2.90


8.31


Bentley


185


0.10


30


0.02


516.67


536


0.06


110


0.01


387.27


BMW


5,850


3.13


3,723


1.92


57.13


31,502


3.34


32,938


3.63


-4.36


Chrysler


582


0.31


691


0.36


-15.77


3,139


0.33


3,430


0.38


-8.48


Citroen


7,183


3.84


8,962


4.61


-19.85


41,461


4.40


49,526


5.46


-16.28


Daewoo


1,130


0.60


855


0.44


32.16


5,829


0.62


3,721


0.41


56.65


Daihatsu


281


0.15


306


0.16


-8.17


1,638


0.17


1,297


0.14


26.29


Fiat


5,131


2.74


4,844


2.49


5.92


26,687


2.83


24,990


2.75


6.79


Ford


28,986


15.50


33,819


17.40


-14.29


143,185


15.18


136,399


15.03


4.98


Honda


6,214


3.32


6,010


3.09


3.39


35,401


3.75


31,036


3.42


14.06


Hyundai


2,396


1.28


2,283


1.17


4.95


14,022


1.49


11,044


1.22


26.96


Isuzu


63


0.03


68


0.03


-7.35


220


0.02


337


0.04


-34.72


Jaguar/Daimler


2,411


1.29


1,961


1.01


22.95


12,155


1.29


9,960


1.10


22.04


Jeep


458


0.24


536


0.28


-14.55


2,773


0.29


3,071


0.34


-9.70


Kia


1,597


0.85


1,088


0.56


46.78


9,856


1.05


6,131


0.68


60.76


Land Rover


3,106


1.66


2,758


1.42


12.62


16,569


1.76


15,323


1.69


8.13


Lexus


766


0.41


557


0.29


37.52


3,772


0.40


2,690


0.30


40.22


Lotus


105


0.06


86


0.04


22.09


334


0.04


337


0.04


-0.89


Mazda


3,305


1.77


2,731


1.41


21.02


17,476


1.85


12,551


1.38


39.24


Mercedes-Benz


5,821


3.11


7,742


3.98


-24.81


30,362


3.22


30,915


3.41


-1.79


MG


3,298


1.76


2,227


1.15


48.09


11,962


1.27


11,500


1.27


4.02


MINI


2,657


1.42


2,619


1.35


1.45


14,826


1.57


14,512


1.60


2.16


Mitsubishi


1,758


0.94


1,292


0.66


36.07


8,272


0.88


6,030


0.66


37.18


Nissan


6,322


3.38


7,207


3.71


-12.28


32,581


3.46


36,932


4.07


-11.78


Perodua


72


0.04


65


0.03


10.77


283


0.03


334


0.04


-15.27


Peugeot


11,813


6.32


14,347


7.38


-17.66


63,958


6.78


69,013


7.61


-7.32


Porsche


884


0.47


597


0.31


48.07


3,280


0.35


2,389


0.26


37.30


Proton


144


0.08


226


0.12


-36.28


633


0.07

972


0.11


-34.88


Renault


14,654


7.84


18,071


9.30


-18.91


66,359


7.04


58,525


6.45


13.39


Rover


3,961


2.12


4,576


2.35


-13.44


19,721


2.09


21,091


2.32


-6.50


Saab


1,546


0.83


1,162


0.60


33.05


6,296


0.67


5,477


0.60


14.95


Seat


1,897


1.01


2,742


1.41


-30.82


11,510


1.22


12,334


1.36


-6.68


Skoda


2,065


1.10


2,923


1.50


-29.35


11,423


1.21


12,532


1.38


-8.85


smart


732


0.39


976


0.50


-25.00


3,335


0.35


3,010


0.33


10.80


Ssangyong


47


0.03


0


0.00


0.00


210


0.02


0


0.00


0.00


Subaru


757


0.40


762


0.39


-0.66


2,955


0.31


3,161


0.35


-6.52


Suzuki


1,562


0.84


1,513


0.78


3.24


12,056


1.28


10,481


1.16


15.03


Tata


7


0.00


0


0.00


0.00


72


0.01


3


0.00


2,300.00


Toyota


9,254


4.95


9,172


4.72


0.89


45,379


4.81


41,378


4.56


9.67


Vauxhall


21,559


11.53


21,338


10.98


1.04


118,758


12.59


116,102


12.80


2.29


Volkswagen


16,401


8.77


13,530


6.96


21.22


64,496


6.84


60,933


6.72


5.85


Volvo


3,076


1.64


3,033


1.56


1.42


14,389


1.53


13,277


1.46


8.38


Other British


51


0.03


88


0.05


-42.05


392


0.04


290


0.03


35.17


Other Imports


120


0.06


120


0.06


0.00


605


0.06


563


0.06


7.46


TOTAL


187,004



194,312



-3.76


943,010



907,252



3.94