US electric carmaker Tesla, which has yet to make a profit, has reported a sharp rise in car deliveries for the past quarter.
The firm said it shipped 24.500 cars in the third quarter, up 70% on the second quarter and more than double the number delivered in the same period in 2015. It also confirmed its 50,000 production target for the second half of 2016.
Sales of new cars in the UK rose in September, helped by strong purchases from fleet buyers and the new 66 number plate. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 469,696 new cars were registered in the month, a rise of 1.6% from 462,517 last year. That was the highest sales figure for September on record.
The most popular new car in September was the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa and VW Golf.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said: “September is always one of the biggest months for Britain’s new car market”. According to the SMMT, Fleet sales continued to drive growth, climbing 7.3% year on year, but registrations to private motorists slipped by 1.7%. ‘The total number of cars registered so far this year has now reached 2.15 million. The growth in registrations of alternatively fuelled vehicles continued to outpace the market, up 32.6% year on year, although their market share remained small at 3.4%.
One Jaguar Land Rover vehicle made its way onto a UK driveway every 2 minutes in September.
The UK’s largest car manufacturer has announced its best ever September UK sales, shifting 20,977 vehicles, up 31% on the same period 2015. Land Rover sold 14,556 vehicles with the Range Rover Evoque continuing to set the benchmark. The F-PACE drove Jaguar to the record September, with the sports marque retailing 6,421 vehicles.
“The Evoque Convertible has added another, desirable string to the bow of the Range Rover Evoque, which continues to dominate its segment, retailing 4,657 vehicles, up 142% on September 2015.