According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) UK new car registrations are up 19.9% on the first six months of last year.
There was also an increase in June registrations of 10.8% over June 2009. This was boosted by fleet sales which saw a 25.3% increase.
In the SMMT report their chief executive Paul Everitt said “The new car market continued to perform above expectations in June, with fleet sector registrations up 25% compared to this time last year.Â The results indicate improved business confidence and a strengthening economic recovery. The industry still expects challenging economic conditions in the second half of the year and government action to improve access to credit for consumers and businesses will be important in sustaining the momentum of recovery.”
The report did say that the market was up despite the end of the car scrappage scheme and that they expected registrations to fall in the latter half of the year. June made twelve monthly increases in a row but only 0.7% of the sales in June came from the scrappage scheme, compared to 19.2% last year.
The Ford Fiesta has been the best seller in the year to date with over 57,000 sold followed by the Ford Focus then the Vauxhall Astra. But in June the Astra took top spot with 10,525 sales chased hard by their own Corsa and then the Fiesta.
But the story for the bus and coach industry is starkly different. Registrations for single and double-deckers in June this year are down 36% on June 2009. Big coaches saw a drop of 22%.
On this Paul Everitt said “June saw big bus registrations fall as the sector continues in recession so public spending cuts need to be carefully aimed to avoid weakening already damp demand. For firms dependant on UK business the outlook is downbeat.Â Spring’s seasonal lift in big coaches was from a low base and didn’t last.Â But at least the 3.5 to 8.5t sector still shows a welcome growth trend.Â Finally, good news comes from the government’s recent plan to spend Â£15m to help put more than 150 new low carbon buses to work in English bus fleets.”