Saturday 9 May 2009

Car sales fall 24% (UK)

New car registrations were down again for April with the number of registrations falling to 133,475 - down 24% over this time last year. So far in 2009, the first four months have seen a 28.5% decline or an 245,184 vehicles not finding buyers. Sales of small cars rose in April, however, as the UK's recession continues to bite. The Ford Focus was April's top dog with over 8,974 units sold with the smaller Fiesta selling 8,395 units. The larger Mondeo has April figures of 2,356. Vauxhall's Corsa supermini sold 7,808 units with the Astra selling 4,549 units. Vauxahll also sold 2,140 units of the aging Zafira MPV and the Insignia with 3,262 units. Volkswagen sold 4,814 units of the all-new Mark VI Golf. Peugeot flogged 3,196 207's and Audi sold 2,439 A3's.

The April figure marks the 11th consecutive slump in sales in a row, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) are hopeful, pointing towards the much publicised Government scrappage scheme that gives buyers £2,000 if they trade-in their existing car and buy a new vehicle. The new scheme will be introduced on 18th May.

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