New car registrations touching double digits across the UK countries

Welsh car buyers the most flush

With 26 days till the end of the year, the latest year-to-date new car registration figures collated by the SMMT show that that registrations have been strong across the UK, but especially in Wales. Every country in the union registered near double-digit growth, with the slowest growth (9.48 per cent) taking place in bar far the largest part of the market – England. Here registrations in the period totalled 1.781 million from 1.627 million last year.

However with next largest Scotland up 12.57 per cent and Wales growing an impressive 17.07 per cent, the improvement was by no means limited to England. Indeed, although Wales was coming from the relatively low base of 67,283 registrations January to November 2012 (compared with England)

The table below shows new car registration figures for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Top performers by model are also listed in the attached sheet. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source, these figures may be quoted.

Channel Islands and Isle of Man new car registrations are not included in the SMMT data published today.

UK year-to-November 2013 registration figures

Date 2012
Date 2013
England 127,957 136,440 6.63 1,627,105 1,781,306 9.48
Northern Ireland 2,646 3,110 17.54 45,998 50,508 9.80
Scotland 13,191 13,994 6.09 172,488 194,162 12.57
Wales 5,050 5,698 12.83 67,283 78,768 17.07
Total 148,844 159,242 6.99 1,912,874 2,104,744 10.03

Source: SMMT

Note: Channel Islands and Isle of Man new car registrations not included.  

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