Belfast Telegraph

New car sales slump in North West

New car sales slumped the most in north-west England last year, according to official figures.

A total of 14.4% fewer cars were registered in the North West in 2011 than in 2010, a fact booklet from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed.

The next biggest dip was in Northern Ireland, down 11.7%.

Overall, sales slipped 4.4% last year to 1,941,253, with the West Midlands (up 10.8%) being the only region to show a rise.

Other facts in the SMMT booklet included: The 1.94 million new car sale figure compared with 14.47 million in China, 6.09 million in the USA, 3.52 million in Japan, 3.17 million in Germany and 2.65 million in Russia;

The total number of cars on UK roads in 2011 was 31.36 million - up 0.3% on 2010; Northern Ireland had 5% more cars on the roads in 2011 than in 2010, while the biggest fall was in north-west England (down 2.9%);

There were 4.27 million commercial vehicles (including buses and coaches) on UK roads last year compared with 4.22 million in 2010;

The average age of a car on the road in the UK in 2011 was 7.44 years, with more than 11 million cars being nine years old or more;

The top five colours for cars in 2011 were silver, blue, black, red and grey;

Superminis took the biggest share (36.3%) of the new car market in 2011; While the Ford Fiesta was the best-selling new car last year, the Volkswagen Golf was the best-selling diesel.

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