There was mixed news regarding the output of the UK’s manufacturing industries through 2015, but for the motoring industry, the year certainly finished on a high note. Figures on new vehicle registrations were counted at the start of January and show higher than anticipated growth for every type of motor vehicle.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that 2.63million vehicle registrations were completed in 2015, with 180,077 taking place in December alone. This was an increase of 6.3% in comparison to the previous year and continues a trend of growth over the past 4 years.
Although new car sales saw a noticeable increase, commercial vehicle registrations were at an all-time high, with an increase of 16.7% on 2014. The bus and coach market grew by 22.8%, an increase of over 9,000 vehicles and the demand for trucks was up by a quarter. Vehicles with green credentials have also gained in popularity, with a significant increase in the registration of plug in hybrid cars and a 50% growth for electric cars.
In the car market, the most popular purchase was a long standing favourite; the Ford Fiesta, with 133,434 sold in 2015. This figure is only marginally short of the total number of Audi A3s, Minis and Vauxhall Mokkas, which took eighth, ninth and tenth position in the rank.
Vauxhall was the only make to feature three times in the top ten, with the Corsa in second place, the Astra in seventh and the Mokka in tenth. Despite the high profile rigging of emissions software, sales of Volkswagens were still high, with the VW Golf taking the forth slot and VW Polo in sixth.
Whilst these figures are something to be celebrated across the motor industry, it appears to be part of a sustainable upwards trend, leading to a positive outlook for 2016. This consumer and industry confidence will continue to support the extensive research and development of fuel efficiency, electric power and other advancing technologies.
Getting the Most from Your Investment
If you were one of the drivers who registered a new vehicle in 2015, it is likely to have been a major purchase. You are likely to have spent time researching makes and models, prioritising features and ensuring that you have the best match for your requirements. Having made you decision and got behind the wheel, you want to ensure that you get the most from your investment.
Although you care is exempt from an MOT for three years from the registration date, regular checks on the tyre pressure and fluid levels will help to keep performance at optimum levels. Keeping the car clean will not only help your car to look shiny and new for longer, it can also prevent damage to the paintwork from corrosive materials and aid safety, by ensuring the full visibility of lights and through windscreens.
If you purchased a vehicle in 2013, you will need to book an MOT this year. You will need to take responsibility for checking the registration date and arranging a test. Driving a vehicle without an MOT can lead to a fine of £1,000. If you are looking for a professional, VOSA approved garage to undertake your MOT, Holmer Green Service Station in Buckinghamshire can assist. Give us a call to arrange your MOT today.