September 2013 new car registrations show pre-recession levels for the UK automotive Industry

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Automotive IndustrySeptember 2013 new car registrations show pre-recession levels for the UK automotive Industry

By Ross Lebeter, Associate Consultant, John Gibson Associates – Automotive Industry Recruitment Specialists

The automotive industry society, SMMT, published the new cars sales figures for this September, illustrating the highest sales in 5 years. The UK automotive industry totalled 403,136 units indicating a pre-recession performance, bettered only by March 2008 results.

Compared to September 2012 these figures represent a 12.1% increase in sales as the UK automotive industry continue to stand alone in Europe as a shining light for car sales. Automotive industry experts have reported that a brighter domestic economy, attractive finance packages and an increased demand for fuel efficient models have driven the 2013 buying frenzy.

September is seen as a key month for the UK automotive industry representing one of the bi-annual licence plate changes. Whilst this drives consumer interest, the high sales figures are expected to be maintained into 2014.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said: “This is the 19th consecutive month of steady growth and with fleet and business demand still to reach pre-recession levels, we believe the performance to be sustainable.”

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