The first half of 2015 has been the most successful six-month period ever for the UK car market
6 July 2015

The UK car market has seen record figures for the first half of 2015, with more cars sold in the past six months than in any other equivalent period.

A total of 1,376,889 cars were registered in the UK in the first six months of the year - a rise of 7% over the equivalent period in 2014. This beat the previous record, which stood at 1,376,565 in the first half of 2004.

June was also the 40th consecutive month of increased sales, with 257,817 cars sold. This marked a rise of 12.9% over June 2014.

The increase is down to a high level of registrations to the fleet sector, although the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said private sales were also performing well.

Alternatively fuelled vehicles, such as electric cars and plug-in hybrids, have continued their strong performances of recent months, with sales up by as much as 70.9% year on year.

The biggest selling car in June was the Ford Fiesta, with the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus coming in second and third respectively. The Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Qashqai round out the top five. The same five cars make up the top five performers for sales in 2015 as a whole so far.

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Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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7 July 2015
Unless this is matched by record levels of scrappage, this can only mean record levels of conjestion and car parking problems. Surely we have got to the stage where vehicle population must be capped by ensuring that for every new car registered, an old one is scrapped? Either that, or we must build more roads and parking places to accommodate all these extra cars.

7 July 2015
Unless this is matched by record levels of scrappage, this can only mean record levels of conjestion and car parking problems. Surely we have got to the stage where vehicle population must be capped by ensuring that for every new car registered, an old one is scrapped? Either that, or we must build more roads and parking places to accommodate all these extra cars.

7 July 2015
Not intentionally of course, but there is no edit / deleete function on this site to correct the matter.

8 July 2015
Happy about the continued healthy new car market but it does beg the question where will it all end .... Since 1964 the population of the UK has grown by over 10 million people (18.7%) ..... We can only build so many motorways and new roads in this small country of ours!!

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Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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