New car registrations in the UK rose 5.3% last year to 2.04 million – the highest level since 2008, with a rising demand for ‘green’ cars.
According to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which represents the UK car industry, registrations of ‘green’ or alternatively-fuelled cars rose 9.4% in 2012 – double the rate of petrol cars. This included 27,841 cars, up from 25,456 in 2011, achieving a new high of 1.4% market share. In December 2012 alone, there were 1,648 registrations made for alternatively fuelled cars.
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said: “Boosted by strong consumer demand, the market grew at its fastest rate for 11 years with innovative, fuel-efficient cars keeping buyers in showrooms. Looking ahead to 2013, we anticipate the market will hold firm, with manufacturers and dealers working hard to deliver quality and value to motorists.”
The report also showed the average new car carbon emissions fell to 133.1 grams of carbon per kilometre (g/km) last year, 22.7% down on a decade ago. UK built cars saw volumes rise 11.1% in 2012, boosting their market share to 13.5%. The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model last year, retaining the number one slot it has held since 2009.