New car registrations fell by 8.9 percent in September, despite the change of registration plate that usually provides a boost to sales.
The fall is consistent with the last three months, over which time demand has dropped by 11 percent to a total September figure of 335,246 units – the second lowest volume for the month since the registration plate format changed in 1999 to the current twice yearly system.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that the fall was one percent better than it had predicted in July, and was down to last September being boosted by registrations under the Scrappage scheme.
"Despite an 8.9% fall in September registrations, demand for new cars has stabilised and will end 2010 slightly up on last year," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
The early months of this year should carry this prediction through, as sales for the year to date are still 7.8 percent higher than they were at this time in 2009.
The top ten best selling cars for the month were as below:
1 Ford Fiesta 19,078
2 Vauxhall Corsa 14,249
3 Vauxhall Astra 12,655
4 Ford Focus 10,100
5 Vauxhall Insignia 7,250
6 Volkswagen Golf 7,228
7 MINI 7,187
8 Peugeot 207 6,918
9 Ford Mondeo 6,075
10 BMW 1 Series 5,896