New car registrations were 136,446 last month which is down 13.2% from a year ago with the end of the car scrappage scheme and the fragile economy blamed.
However, so far this year, new car sales remain 15% higher than July 2009.
New car registrations fell 13.2% in July, following 12 successive monthly rises.
Market remains up 15.1% over the first seven months of 2010 compared to 2009.
2010 new car market expected to total 2.018 million units, 1.2% above 2009 market, according to SMMT’s revised forecast.
Diesel share hits record high of 50.6% in July, whilst AFVs also hit a record 1.4% share.
Market expected to slow in second half of 2010, but remain broadly stable over full year.
“A drop in private registrations compared to the scrappage-fuelled months of 2009 was expected and has brought the first market decline for 12 months,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Subdued consumer confidence and a still fragile economic recovery make the outlook for the remainder of 2010 challenging, but a stronger than expected first half means full year volumes are still forecast to exceed 2009’s total.”
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