Currently reading: August 2015 figures show continued growth in UK new car registrations
August saw a 9.6% rise in new car registrations, taking the industry into a 42nd consecutive month of growth

New UK car registrations have now been growing for 42 consecutive months following an increase of 9.6% in August, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show.

A total of 79,060 units sold in August takes the year-to-date growth to 6.7%.

The market for alternatively fuelled vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, was up 53.2% year on year, continuing its 2.4% share of the overall market.

Private, business and fleet markets enjoyed increases of 7.2%, 11.8% and 12.1% respectively.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “August’s strong performance has again been driven by attractive finance deals and a diverse range of technologically advanced models.

“Britain’s budget-conscious buyers are taking advantage of low regular monthly payments that provide certainty and affordability.‎

“With September's new 65-plate now in full swing, we expect UK showrooms to be as busy as ever.”

UK’s best-selling cars in August 2015

1 Ford Fiesta 4,753 units

2 Ford Focus 2,673

3 Volkswagen Golf 2,456

4 Vauxhall Corsa 2,154

5 Volkswagen Polo 1,911

6 Audi A3 1,838

7 Vauxhall Mokka 1,751

8 Vauxhall Astra 1,614

9 BMW 3 Series 1,337

10 Ford Kuga 1,325

UK’s best-selling cars year-to-date

1 Ford Fiesta 85,247 units

2 Vauxhall Corsa 57,165

3 Ford Focus 54,795

4 Volkswagen Golf 45,597

5 Nissan Qashqai 39,596

6 Vauxhall Astra 34,767

7 Volkswagen Polo 34,511

8 Audi A3 31,334

9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 28,488

10 Fiat 500 27,104

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