Last month saw steady growth in the overall new car market of 2.5% in the UK, hitting its highest total for the month of May since 2002.
Fleet registrations, again, have driven the growth, providing an 8.8% rise in sales, which counterbalances a 3.0% fall in private registrations.
Society of Motoring, Manufacturing and Traders (SMMT) figures show that there was 12.1% increase in the purchase of alternatively fuelled vehicles in May. Diesel-powered vehicle sales also grew, by 5.0%, while petrol models declined slightly, by 0.6%.
The highest-selling car for May, and the best-selling car of the year so far, was the Ford Fiesta, with 52,476 sales in the UK so far in 2016. Despite the Volkswagen Golf being the second best selling vehicle for May, this year, Vauxhall’s Corsa model is the second best selling model of the year with 33,519 sales so far (the Corsa was the fourth best-selling model in May).