Near 10% rise year-on-year in new car registrations puts annual figure in line for best year since 2007
New car sales are continuing to race ahead, with registrations already outstripping those of 2012 with one month of the year still to go.
A total of 159,581 new cars were registered in November – a 7% rise on the figure for November 2012, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
Last month's figures took the total in the year so to 2,111,819 – a 9.9% rise on the January-November 2012 total and already in excess of the year-end 2012 figure of 2.04m.
Sales for this year are on course to total around 2.25m, which would make this the best year for new registrations since the pre-recession year of 2007, when sales reached 2.4m.
The SMMT's chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: "Motorists have bought more than 2m cars so far in 2013 – a tremendous success for the industry on the back of buoyant consumer confidence and innovative new products.
"With the UK economy looking increasingly positive, we can expect strong underlying demand for new cars to continue into 2014, with volumes set to match or surpass those seen this year."
Alternatively fuelled vehicle sales have risen 16.4% so far this year but account for as little as 1.4% of the new-car market.
Meanwhile, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is to become the first UK car-maker to open a manufacturing facility in Brazil. JLR is investing £240m in the project, with the development of a plant that will produce up to 24,000 vehicles a year.
The factory, based in the city of Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, will initially employ 400 people, with the first vehicles due to come off the assembly line in 2016.
The company produces SUVs such as the Freelander, but refused to say what models would be made in Brazil.
Its chief executive, Ralf Speth, said: "Customers there have an increasing appetite for highly capable premium products. This programme will enable us to bring exciting new vehicles to them, with outstanding British design and engineering, creating a world-class JLR facility."
Best-selling UK car models in November:
1. Ford Fiesta
2. Ford Focus
3. Vauxhall Astra
4. Vauxhall Corsa
5. Volkswagen Golf
6. Vauxhall Insignia
7. Nissan Qashqai
8. Fiat 500
9. BMW 3 Series
10. Nissan Juke