AS you know, September saw a staggering 403,136 new cars registered – recording the highest performing month since March 2008.
But what did this mean for the motor trade? Car Dealer has been setting the agenda on Twitter to find out what the industry thinks of the latest registration news and taking note of what manufacturers think.
Sue Robinson, Director of National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) said: ‘It is positive to see that the new car market has continued to remain strong during September and the successful plate change reflects growing economic confidence.
‘It brings great news that the 63-plate change this month is the best performing month since March 2008. The market remains significantly high with increased footfall and interest from consumers which show that the sector is stable and growing.
‘We are encouraged that the growth and stability of the market shown by the latest plate change will continue into 2014.’
Here’s what manufacturers think:
Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain chairman and MD
‘Industry sales have grown steadily in the UK this year and as Ford sales have increased so has our sales lead over our nearest rival.’
Paul Philpott, president and chief executive of Kia Motors UK
‘Throughout 2013 our dealer network has been building on the momentum established over the last few years and now both they and we are really seeing the results of all that hard work.’
Paul Sansom, head of sales at Audi UK
‘Audi UK has achieved an all-time record for its new car sales in September, with literally thousands more cars reaching our customers than at this time last year.’
Jeremy Hicks, MD at Jaguar Land Rover UK
‘The September sales figures tangibly demonstrate that both Jaguar and Land Rover continue to focus on relevant and highly-desirable product line-ups.’
Lance Bradley, MD at Mitsubishi Motors UK
‘2013 has been an exceptionally good year for us, it’s clear to see we have made significant progress throughout this year with sales up by 47 per cent. New products have certainly helped us, as have the price reductions we’ve just announced. There really has never been a better time to buy a Mitsubishi.’
Marcus Breitschwerdt, president and CEO at Mercedes-Benz UK
‘In isolation any one of these figures would be a proud moment for us. Combined, they’re spectacular – with every division returning best-ever performances.’
Neil Williamson, SEAT UK Director
‘Breaking our monthly and quarterly sales records is of course fantastic news for us and keeps us well on track for a landmark year.’
Peter Allibon, sales director at Mazda Motors UK
‘Our internal challenge was to grow 42 per cent from last September’s 4,950 units. That was a big task in itself but to achieve 45 per cent is fantastic and is testament to our great product range and our focused dealer network.’
Looking at Twitter:
Great news for the motoring industry as the latest @SMMT figures on new car sales in September reached more than 400,000 registrations.
— BristolStreetMotors (@BristolStMotors) October 4, 2013
— david martin (@Daviemartin) October 4, 2013
— Umesh Samani (@specialistcars1) October 4, 2013
— Keith Lewis (@KeithLewisSMMT) October 4, 2013
— Richard Bolton (@ecculois) October 4, 2013
— Philip Nothard (@PhilipN_CAP) October 4, 2013
— Nick Stafford (@Nick_Stafford) October 4, 2013
@CarDealerEd So that’s why my local BMW dealer contacted me (and many others) offering trade price for cars registered by end Sep
— John McGregor (@RacingPuma) October 4, 2013
@CarDealerEd Saw quite a few 63 plate BMW’s this week, with blue Thrifty decals on the back.
— Tony Williams ツ (@J500ANT) October 4, 2013
— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley_) October 4, 2013
@CarDealerEd at last everyone’s forgotten about the recession and are getting back to normal, hope there’s better times ahead #2014
— Paul Stewart (@pas7272) October 4, 2013