13 August -
Motor industry gears-up for September plate-change
New '62-plate' vehicles will arrive in dealerships during the next few weeks as the automotive sector prepares for one of its busiest times of the year. Industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) expects around 330,000 new cars to be registered during September, with motorists spending in the region of £4.95 billion on the latest new vehicles.
September is the second biggest month for dealers across the UK and accounts for almost a fifth of the year's trade, with the other plate-change month of March traditionally the busiest. More than 300 fuel-efficient, technology-packed models are currently on the market, representing one of the biggest ever choices for UK motorists.
"September is a significant month for the UK motor industry and the wider economy. A strong month for new vehicle registrations will help put both on the right track," said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. "Franchised dealers have a fantastic range of exciting new models on offer, each with enhanced levels of fuel efficiency, safety, comfort and affordable finance. These advantages make it a great time to buy a new car and motorists should visit their local dealer to secure a new 62-plate in September."