Currently reading: New car market posts strong February sales
Marking two years of continued growth in the UK new car market, manufacturers including Bentley, Dacia and Toyota celebrate with increased new car sales
Darren Moss
2 mins read
6 March 2014

The UK's new car market has continued to grow in February, marking two consecutive years of increased sales.

In total, 68,736 cars were sold last month, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), up by three per cent on last year. So far this year total car sales stand at 223,298 units, a rise of over six per cent on the same period in 2013.

While petrol cars continue to take a lead over diesel in the statistics, the numbers of alternatively fuelled vehicles, which includes electric cars, rose by over 45 per cent on February last year, to 1212 units.

In particular, the UK's small hatchback market has seen tremendous growth, almost doubling since 2012. That's put down to more motorists looking to downsize their cars to save money, with the trend likely to continue in the coming months thanks to the launch of new models including the 2014 Mini hatchback.

Manufacturers who performed well last month included Bentley, which almost doubled its sales of 34 cars in February 2013 to 67 units in the same period this year. 

Dacia also continues to sell strongly in the UK, with sales of 475 cars last month meaning the brand posted a rise of 1339 per cent compared to February 2013.

ToyotaSkodaPorscheMazdaAudi and Fiat also posted significant growth.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said the continued growth was "a real endorsement of consumer confidence and the attractiveness of the new car market.

"While February is typically a quieter month ahead of the March registration plate change, we expect the arrival of the new 14-plate and increasing economic confidence to maintain a steady rate of growth."

UK's best-selling cars in February 2014

1. Ford Fiesta 4415 units

2. Vauxhall Corsa 3138 units

3. Vauxhall Astra 2707 units

4. Ford Focus 2566 units

5. VW Golf 1628 units

6. VW Polo 1450 units

7. Mercedes-Benz C-class 1231 units

8. Vauxhall Insignia 1164 units

9. Audi A3 1148 units

10. BMW 3-series 1085 units


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6 March 2014
For Vauxhall to get 3 cars in the top 10, especially considering the age of the Corsa.
Also impressive is "alternatively fuelled vehicles, which includes electric cars, rose by over 45 per cent..." no wonder BMW swapped diesel tech for electric with Toyota (I remember the moaners on this website about that story).
Power to the plug-in

6 March 2014
The Corsa does indeed do very well for Vauxhall, and it bodes well for the facelifted version later in the year. I see the Astra has overtaken the Focus at last, I wonder how much is down to the reduction in list prices of the former.
Interesting about the alternative fuelled vehicle sales, I've certainly noticed a few Zoe's on the road in my area.

6 March 2014
It most certainly is a great result for Vauxhall overall, but i wouldnt read too much into these figures February is generally a slow month, the proof in the pudding will be in the March stats.

6 March 2014
Surprised to see no Qashqai or Juke in the top ten, and there are no French cars there either. The C-Class did remarkably well to come seventh considering its replacement's due later in the year.

6 March 2014
Nation's love for Corsa surprises me. This Vauxhall must be the oldest in the UK's Top 10 and most in need of a face-lift and modern engines and yet it almost always stays among the Top 3 and it doesn't do badly in Europe either.

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