New car sales continue to drop, now hitting the 13th consecutive monthly decline in volumes

New car registrations dropped by 3.5 per cent year-on-year in July - the 13th consecutive monthly decline in volumes.

The figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) are claimed to be broadly in line with expectations. The market is down 6.7 per cent year-on-year so far in 2011.

A total of 131,634 new cars were registered in the UK in July. The SMMT believes registrations were down due to slow economic growth and subdued consumer confidence.

“Robust demand in the fleet sector helped to bolster weaker private demand,” said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. “While the coming months remain challenging, performance in the second half of 2011 is expected to keep the market on course to reach around 1.93 million units.”

The fleet market continued to improve with a 2.1 per cent year-on-year increase, while diesel registrations were down just 53 units on July 2010’s level.

The Ford Fiesta was the best selling car last month, ahead of the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Corsa, while the Vauxhall Insignia was the best selling diesel car of the month.

UK’s top 10 selling cars in July 2011

1. Ford Fiesta 6,6952. Ford Focus 6,2353. Vauxhall Corsa 5,1224. Volkswagen Golf 4,2725. Vauxhall Astra 4,0846. Vauxhall Insignia 4,0377. BMW 3- series 3,6938. Volkswagen Polo 3,6849. Nissan Qashqai 3,39110. Volkswagen Passat 2,514

Niki Sorabjee

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