The 143,884 sales figure for the month is the best sales result this year and represents the fifth monthly gain
6 August 2012

The UK’s new car market grew by 9.3 per cent July, according to sales figures issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The 143,884 sales figure for the month is the best sales result this year and represents the fifth monthly gain. Last year, sales in the same month totalled 131,634, following the industry’s 13th consecutive monthly decline in volumes.

This year, new car sales in the first seven months are up by 3.5 per cent to 1,201,564 units compared with 2011. With the buoyant market, the SMMT has revised its 2012 sales forecast from 1.94m to 1.97m.

"New car registrations rose 9.3 per cent in July, continuing the upward trend seen during recent months. The SMMT’s full-year forecast is for 1.97 million cars to be registered during 2012, suggesting a slight slowing of demand in the second half of the year," according to SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt.

"International economic stability remains a concern for vehicle manufacturers and the UK market, but intense competition and new fuel-efficient products are creating great opportunities for motorists," said Everitt.

Results from the SMMT also revealed a 45.9 per cent July increase in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles compared with July 2011. Last month 2079 AFVs were sold, compared with 1425 in July last year. 

UK’s best-selling new cars, July 2012

1 Ford Fiesta 7533 units sold

2 Vauxhall Corsa 5809

3 Vauxhall Astra 5211

4 Ford Focus 4742

5 Volkswagen Golf 4367

6 Nissan Qashqai 3721

7 Mercedes C-class 3163

8 Volkswagen Polo 2863

9 Audi A3 2711

10 Vauxhall Insignia 2591

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6 August 2012

**cough**pre-reg**cough**

 

and exactly how many cars did BMW register for the Olympics?

6 August 2012

Think the C-class is a really good car but amazed that sales figures are really so high. And this doesn't seem to be a blip either; based on SMMT figs it seems to have been doing well for months. And while the 3 series isn't seen in the top-10 this month we know it's there or thereabouts. Two premium small-execs contesting the top slots; my how times have changed from even 10 years ago!

6 August 2012

Cavalier wrote:

Two premium small-execs contesting the top slots; my how times have changed from even 10 years ago!

If you're counting the A3 as a small-exec the main reason it sold so many is due to it being in the run-out stage of it's life with lots of offers to be had before the new versions are on general sale.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 August 2012

XXXX no, I meant the 3-series. Can't be certain but think in the end it may have been no. 7 or 8 in the overall sales charts last year. So to have both a Merc and BMW battling for sales at the sharp end is really quite something. Although some company car drivers may attest (I'm not one, so couldn't say) that if they're on their list come renewal time they both make compelling choices from a tax perspective.

6 August 2012

...for the Astra which has been bought by most of the forces in the country. Mind you, it's a decent enough car. 

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

6 August 2012

Rich_uk wrote:

...for the Astra which has been bought by most of the forces in the country. Mind you, it's a decent enough car. 

Saw plenty of the previous version Astras but haven't seen a single Mk6 Astra in Police colours in the SE of the country.  

Seen quite a few new BMW's especially estates, sorry 'tourers'

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 August 2012

not in Scotland  ive never seen a new style Astra on the police yet. they are mostly all focus great to see it beat the focus in the sales charts Smile

6 August 2012

xxxx wrote:

Rich_uk wrote:

...for the Astra which has been bought by most of the forces in the country. Mind you, it's a decent enough car. 

Saw plenty of the previous version Astras but haven't seen a single Mk6 Astra in Police colours in the SE of the country.  

Seen quite a few new BMW's especially estates, sorry 'tourers'

Seen quite a few new style Astra Police cars locally (Thames Valley area). They look pretty good. The old Vectra Traffic cars seem to have been replaced by Volvos which I'm sure must cost more than Insignias?

As for the C-Class Merc, there have been some very cheap lease deals on it for months so it's no surprise to see it doing well.

7 August 2012

" 45.9 per cent July increase in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles compared with July 2011"

...but pure EVs down 71% to only 52. Presumably not mentioned given some of Autocar's senior staff enthusiasm?

7 August 2012

Car sales are always dictated by the fleet market.  I can imagine that the new 3 series will be on long order so come Jan BMW will appear back on that list.  Still 9% increase year on year is good for the car industry in the UK and the economy. 

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