A year of suc­cesses, but the road ahead will be rougher

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS - STEVE TEALE

LAST YEAR was an in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful one but this year will be tough. That was the mes­sage from the mo­tor in­dus­try which said 2.69m cars were reg­is­tered last year, two per cent higher than in 2015.

The in­dus­try body said 2016’s growth was due to “very strong” con­sumer con­fi­dence, low­in­ter­est fi­nance deals and the launch of sev­eral new models.

How­ever, the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders said this year was un­likely to set another record, with sales ex­pected to fall by up to six per cent.

A num­ber of ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers had rea­sons to cel­e­brate last year’s fig­ures.

Ford recorded its high­est ever com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle (CV) sales of 118,000 in 2016, while achiev­ing 40 con­sec­u­tive years of car sales lead­er­ship and 51 years of UK com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle (CV) sales lead­er­ship. The Fi­esta was the best-sell­ing car in 2016.

BMW Group in the UK achieved its best ever sales in 2016 with both BMW and MINI brands set­ting new UK records. In to­tal 251,577 BMW and MINI ve­hi­cles were reg­is­tered, an in­crease of 8.9 per cent over 2015.

Kia Mo­tors (UK) Lim­ited set yet another new record in 2016 with sales for the year to­talling 89,363 a 13.8 per cent growth com­pared to 2015’s record to­tal of 78,489.

Volvo se­cured its high­est sales fig­ures for a quar­ter of a cen­tury, with 46,696 cars sold in 2016. This is an in­crease of seven per cent on 2015’s re­sults. The V40/V40 Cross Coun­try was the high­est-sell­ing model in the UK, on 16,491, fol­lowed by the ever-pop­u­lar XC60 (16,038) and the new XC90 (5,801).

Re­nault UK ex­pe­ri­enced fur­ther growth in 2016, reach­ing a five-year high of 85,102 car sales. With the in­tro­duc­tion of All-New

Mé­gane and All-New Scénic in Novem­ber, Re­nault now has the youngest model range in Europe. Sis­ter brand Da­cia recorded its best-ever year of sales of 25,842 ve­hi­cles.

Infiniti registrations in the UK reached 2,891 rep­re­sent­ing a 142 per cent in­crease year on year and con­firms Infiniti as the fastest grow­ing au­to­mo­tive brand in the UK through­out 2016.

REGISTRATIONS: Ford’s Fi­esta, main im­age, was the best seller of 2016, while Infiniti, above, be­came the fastest grow­ing UK brand.

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