SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘After 19 consecutive months of growth, Britain has emerged as the second largest new car market in Europe. This is the only country among the big five European markets which has seen growth in 2002 and it comes on top of a huge sales surge last year. Although the current rate of growth cannot last forever, with such a strong start to the year, 2002 looks set to be one of the best-performing on record.’ Notes to editors: 208,976 registrations in April 2002, topped April 1989’s record of 191,276 units According to ACEA figures, for the first three months of 2002 European new car registrations fell by 3.8 per cent. In Germany they fell by 4.3 per cent, in Italy by 13 per cent, France by 2.6 per cent and Spain by 7.5 per cent. During the same period, UK new registrations rose by 7.1 per cent. Registrations to private buyers soared 24.5 per cent in April to 108,126 units This is the 19th month in a row of growth in the new car market April new car market beats 1989 record SMMT predicts that a total of 2.4 million new cars will be registered in the UK in 2002. So far in 2002, the new car market is up nine per cent at 931,694 units In 2001, total new car registrations across Europe rose by just 0.7 per cent. In the UK they were up 10.7 per cent. April 2002 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

April new car market beats 1989 record
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