The UK new car market was up a strong 14.8 percent in April.
UK’s SMMT says that April registrations stood at 163,357 units, and that registrations in the first four months of 2013 grew 8.9 percent to 768,555 units. However, even the SMMT warns not to read too much into this.
Throughout the year, the UK car market had been the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy Europe. January through March, the UK already was up 7.4 percent, while all other major markets in Europe were down. The SSMT thinks growth looks higher than usual this month because “with high demand for some models in March and an early Easter break, a number of registrations may have been pushed in to April.” We have mentioned a similar effect in Germany.
|April Registrations European Volume Markets|
April Sales for all countries in Europe will be released later in the month. Based on the results of Europe’s largest volume markets, which represent more than 80 percent of the EU’s total, we expect EU car sales to be flat to slightly positive for April, and down around 7 percent for the first four months of the year.