The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed on Thursday that new car sales in the UK rose to 214,957 in June this year for the sixteenth consecutive month, rising by 13% compared to the 189,514 sales made in June 2012.
The new figures show that sales of private cars rose by 21.3% in June, while company car sales increased by 6.1% compared to a year ago. New car registrations in June increased by 10% compared with the same period last year.
According to SMMT, the bestselling car to date this year is the Ford Fiesta that achieved sales of 63,040. The Ford Focus follows with 47,675 sales to date, with the Vauxhall Corsa close behind at 46,147. The Vauxhall Astra is running fourth at 33,731 sales to date for the year, while the VW Golf takes fifth place with 32,131 sales and in sixth position is the BMW 3 Series at 27,112. The VW Polo is seventh with 23,287 models sold, the BMW 1 Series is in eighth place at 21,588 sales and the Nissan Qashqai is ninth at 20,815, while the Peugeot 208 brings up the rear at 20,007 for the year to date sales.
A drop in average new car CO2 emissions of 3.7% to 129.1g/km in the first half of 2013 shows that the rate of reduction in new car CO2 emissions continues to fall, reportedly helped by the growth of sales in the Mini and Supermini segments which have contributed to an increase in petrol-powered car registrations, along with higher sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles.
Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive, commented: “Boosted by consistently strong private demand and further growth in June, half-year new car registrations have topped the one million mark” and added: “June secured the 16th month of consecutive growth, a clear indicator that manufacturers and dealers are delivering desirable new products with tangible cost savings from the latest fuel-efficient technology coupled to a wide variety of competitive finance offers. While there are still potential challenges ahead, recent robust growth suggests that the market is on course to perform well ahead of 2012 levels.”