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Fleet market drives growth in March with registrations up 11.6%

Date: 08 April 2015   |   Author:

The fleet industry drove growth in the plate-change month of March with registrations up 11.6% to 219,153 units, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

March is typically the biggest month of the year for new car sales and this year was no different, with a 6% rise in total registrations in March year-on-year to nearly half a million, 492,774 cars in total.

The total result is the best month since the twice-yearly number plate changes were introduced in 1999.

Registrations so far this year have increased by 6.8% to 734,588 and it is the 37th month of consecutive growth in the new car market. The UK market surpassed pre-recession levels seven months ago.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "The challenge for a new government and industry will be to maintain this momentum and to strengthen Britain's manufacturing capabilities through continued investment, innovation and policies which maintain our global competitiveness.

"Whatever the general election result, the new government must keep up the commitment to the sector which is delivering at home and abroad."

Highest car registrations in March 2015 and YTD

Best sellers March       Year-to-date  
  1 Ford Fiesta 27,034   1 Ford Fiesta 39,804
  2 Vauxhall Corsa 19,391   2 Vauxhall Corsa 29,100
  3 Ford Focus 15,442   3 Ford Focus 22,287
  4 Nissan Qashqai 12,210   4 Volkswagen Golf 19,435
  5 Volkswagen Golf 11,871   5 Nissan Qashqai 18,686
  6 Volkswagen Polo 10,038   6 Vauxhall Astra 15,009
  7 Vauxhall Astra 9,617   7 Volkswagen Polo 14,821
  8 Audi A3 9,101   8 Audi A3 14,358
  9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 8,755   9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 13,975
  10 Fiat 500 8,662   10 Fiat 500 13,243

(Source: SMMT)