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While the UK continues to face economic challenges a reliable car remains a priority, according to new figures.
Bristol Street Motors

SMMT figures make for positive reading in 2011

SMMT figures make for positive reading in 2011

Britons have proven their love for a reliable car over the last 12 months.

While the UK continues to face economic challenges and the threat of a double-dip recession motorists have shown their priorities as manufacturers have reported growing demand for their models.

According to recently-published figures by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) both Vauxhall and SEAT experienced high demand in 2011.

The Spanish manufacturer enjoyed an unprecedented level of sales last year, with its Ibiza and Leon models leading the way.

Indeed, the firm recorded new car sales of 36,089 in 2011.

This, SEAT claimed, resulted in an all-time record market share of 1.86 per cent.
Peter Wyhinny, managing director of SEAT UK, voiced his pride at the figures and said the result points to the marque's growing reputation in the UK.

"The entire SEAT UK team, and our growing network of excellent dealers nationwide, can rightly take great pride in this fabulous achievement. SEAT has an ambitious plan for growth in this country and our performance in 2011 clearly demonstrates that it is firmly on track," he commented.

"I'm thrilled to see so many more new car buyers not only considering SEAT, but actually taking the decision to buy one of our sporty, dynamic and exciting new cars."

Meanwhile, in Luton, Vauxhall's commercial department rose to the top of the van charts by outselling all of its UK rivals.

Richard Collier, Vauxhall’s national commercial vehicles sales manager, commented: "Last year proved to be an excellent year for Vauxhall van sales. It's fantastic news for Vauxhall that despite the uncertain economic outlook there’s still strong demand for fuel-efficient, high quality vans with low running costs and excellent manufacturer support."

The comments come as demand for the Astra, Combo, Corsa, Movano and Vivaro models continued to rise.

Posted by Craig Salter