The revised year end forecast stands at 2.38 million units. In 1989, 2,300,944 units were registered, the highest annual total on record. Registrations by private buyers soared 28.3 per cent to 91,510 units in October Market grows again as October new car sales rocket A total of 1,065,635 new cars have been registered by private buyers so far this year. This represents a rise of more than 27 per cent or 190,566 units. Fleet and business demand rose by 9.2 per cent and 49.5 per cent respectively This is the fifth record month of 2001 Year-to-date, the new car market is up 10.1 per cent at 2,148,025 units Commenting on the figures, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘While some analysts had predicted a slump, with claims that showroom traffic had slowed to a trickle, the reality has proved to be quite the opposite. We have seen huge market growth, once again led by private buyers.’ ‘Consumers are confident. There’s no doubt about that. They know a good deal when they see one and there are plenty of those at franchised dealers at the moment. No one would suggest that 13 consecutive months of growth will last forever. But equally we need to be careful not to talk down a very strong market for new car sales. Be sure that 2001 will be a record year.’ he added Notes to editors October new car registrations rose 20.7 per cent to a record 185,325 units October 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more