UK: New car sales pass full year 2012 in November

By Graeme Roberts | 5 December 2013

UK new car registrations rose 7% year on year in November to 159,581 units, the month’s best performance since 2004.

The 2,111,819 cars registered year to date, up 9.9%, exceeded the 2012 full-year figure of 2,044,609.

SMMT said the industry is on target to meet its forecast of 2.25m registrations for 2013.

“Motorists have bought more than 2m cars so far in 2013, a tremendous success for the industry on the back of buoyant consumer confidence and innovative new products,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

”With the UK economy looking increasingly positive, we can expect strong underlying demand for new cars to continue into 2014, with volumes set to match or surpass those seen this year.”