Tuesday, April 7, 2009

UK Car Sales in March Plunge 30.5 Percent

UK Car Sales in March Plunge 30.5 Percent

New car registrations in the U.K. fell 30.5 percent in March compared to the same month last year to 313,912 units, as the recession crippled demand. The overall drop in car sales from the beginning of the year (January to March) is 29.7 percent or 200,000 less vehicles than the same period in 2008. In a statement issued today, the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) said that the government needs to take more actions to help the sector.

"March new car registrations are a barometer of confidence in the economy, from businesses and consumers alike," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. "The fall in the market shows that government needs to do more to boost confidence. A scrappage scheme will provide the incentive needed and the evidence is clear that schemes already implemented across Europe do work to increase demand. The UK is the only major European market not to implement a scheme."

Ford topped the sales chart in March with 52,289 units followed by GM's Vauxhall (40,000 units), VW (24,440 units), Peugeot (17,412) and Audi (16,250 units). The Ford Fiesta was the UK's best selling model for a fifth successive month in March with 20,654 units. It was followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (14,993 units), Ford Focus (13,942 units), Vauxhall Astra (8,713 units) and VW Golf (8,024).

MARQUE

Sales March 2009

Sales March 2008

Change %

Total

313,912

451,642

(30.50)

Ford

52,289

67,676

(22.74)

Vauxhall

40,000

57,008

(29.83)

Volkswagen

24,440

32,285

(24.30)

Peugeot

17,412

25,545

(31.84)

Audi

16,250

18,094

(10.19)

BMW

15,654

22,755

(31.21)

Toyota

15,624

22,760

(31.35)

Honda

13,005

21,862

(40.51)

Mercedes-Benz

12,231

16,179

(24.40)

Citroen

10,755

16,805

(36.00)

Renault

10,227

21,769

(53.02)

Nissan

8,788

16,673

(47.29)

Fiat

8,001

11,908

(32.81)

Mazda

7,734

10,355

(25.31)

Kia

6,346

6,496

(2.31)

Hyundai

6,218

6,503

(4.38)

Land Rover

6,027

9,576

(37.06)

MINI

5,976

8,858

(32.54)

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