UK car sales rise for the 12th consecutive month in June; Vauxhall Astra is top seller

New car registrations in the UK rose 10.8 per cent year-on-year in June, a much higher rise than expected after the government-backed scrappage scheme was withdrawn earlier this year.

A total of 195,226 units were registered in the UK in June; 0.7 per cent of these were from cars ordered under the scrappage scheme, compared to 19.2 per cent in the same period last year.

Registrations are now up 19.9 per cent year-on-year for the first six months of the year and June was the 12th consecutive monthly rise in sales.

Paul Everitt, the SMMT’s chief executive, is encouraged by the continued growth in sales, but warns that there will be tougher times ahead in the second half of the year.

“The results indicate improved business confidence and a strengthening economic recovery,” he said. “The industry still expects challenging economic conditions in the second half of the year and government action to improve access to credit for consumers and businesses will be important in sustaining the momentum of recovery.”

The Vauxhall Astra was the UK’s best selling car in June, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford’s Fiesta and Focus models.

UK’s top 10 selling cars in June

1. Vauxhall Astra 10,525 units2. Vauxhall Corsa 96423. Ford Fiesta 82794. Ford Focus 68955. Nissan Qashqai 56366. Mini 49257. Volkswagen Golf 44868. BMW 3-series 43639. Vauxhall Insignia 409010. Volkswagen Polo 3923

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Our Verdict

Vauxhall Astra 2009-2015
The Astra is now in its sixth incarnation, but it can trace its linage back to 1963's Viva

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best-looking hatchbacks, but average dynamics and performance hamper its overall appeal

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