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Record Growth Continues In New Car Market

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The SMMT's monthly report on new car registrations shows that the first half of 2015 saw the highest six month sales volumes on record for the UK. New car registrations were up by 7% for the first half of this year, to 1,376,889.

Sales figures for June also mark 40 consecutive months of growth in the industry, with last month's figures up 12.9% upon the previous month. In total, 257,817 new cars were registered in June.

Not only are new car registrations booming but apparently our buying habits are changing - in a more patriotic direction. Almost 14% of sales are of UK manufactured cars - more than at any time in the last five years. This is great news for the nearly 800,000 auto industry employees in the UK.

Once again last month, the alternative fuels sector spiked - this time at an astonishing 70.9%, month on month. Fleet sales of electric vehicles still account for the majority of purchases in the sector, but private sales are also going strong.

The continued boom in new car sales is still attributed to generous finance deals and the number and variety of tempting new models, and as long as this continues, then the signs look promising for growth to continue.

No-one will be surprised to hear that the Ford Fiesta continues to reign over the market, with 12,523 unit sales. The Vauxhall Corsa trails some way behind with 9,561 unit sales to take second place, very closely followed by the Ford Focus, with 9,089 in third place. The Volkswagen Golf came fourth with 7,575 new models registered in June and the Nissan Qashqai had a good month, with 7,140 sales putting it into fifth place. The Vauxhall Astra was sixth on 6,428, the Mini was seventh with 5,551, followed by the VW Polo with 5,457. The Vauxhall Mokka has done well to reach ninth place on 5,026 unit sales, while the Vauxhall Insignia takes tenth place, with 4,478.

While Vauxhall is nowhere near the first place, with four models in the top ten it has dominated new car sales in the UK in June and, as a marque, will be delighted to have outsold its main rival, Ford. Nonetheless, for the year to date the Ford Fiesta is still more than 20,000 unit sales ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa and is almost certain to maintain the top spot for the whole year.

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