February paves the way for record March new car market

February new car registrations climbed 3.8 per cent to 91,460 units Year-to-date registrations rise 5.2 cent to 289,051 units Diesel cars up 20 per cent to 27,255 units in February, 29.8 per cent of the market Commenting on today’s new car registration data, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Strong growth in a traditionally small month has pushed the UK market forward once more. The road has been paved for a record March market of around 450,000 units, generating approximately £6 billion worth of business.’He added, ‘However, the industry is concerned that the DVLA has chosen March, one of the two busiest months of the year, to upgrade its IT systems used by dealers and fleets to register new cars. It’s a bit like your local authority digging up the roads on the busiest day of the year. You know they’re going to do it, you just can’t understand why.’ Notes to editors 1. New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 million in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001. The 2004 market is expected to remain stable at 2.5 million units. 2. Diesel registrations continued to climb month-on-month in February leading to an increase in their market share from 25.8 per cent in February 2003 to 29.8 per cent in February 2004. The rise in diesel penetration is expected to continue, reaching 31 per cent by the end of 2004 and 33 per cent in 2005. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

A warm welcome to students from their next Chancellor

Shirley Cheechoo, who will be installed next month as the University’s new Chancellor, has sent the following greeting to all Brock students as they prepare for the start of the Fall term:“I would like to welcome you to a great year here at Brock University – and some to a great beginning, filled with desires, hopes and dreams that we can all share.“Stop anyone in the halls and say ‘hello’. You are the stranger if you don’t. There are many who would like to walk with you and who may need a friend. If you are not new here, give a friendly welcome with an outstretched hand.“On behalf of the University I wish you all an enjoyable time together as you make this journey with us.” read more