Domestic automotive industry's upward trend shows no sign of abating, with a total of 172,907 new cars registered during July

The UK's new car market is continuing to grow, recording the 29th consecutive month of rising sales according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The figures show that a total of 172,907 cars were registered in July. That represents an increase of more than six per cent compared to the same month last year. Registrations for the year to date are currently more than ten per cent higher than 2013.

The positive figures have prompted the SMMT to revise its prediction for 2014's overall new car registrations. The organisation now expects the UK market to surpass 2.54m by the end of the year.

Alternatively fuelled vehicle sales also continue to grow, with 3292 electric and hybrid cars registered last month and 26,629 sold in the year to date. That's an increase of 6.8 per cent compared the same period last year.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "In July the new car market extended its record period of growth to a 29th month, as confident consumers took advantage of an array of new products and attractive finance deals on the latest fuel-efficient new cars."

There's little change in the order of Britain's best-selling manufacturers and cars. Ford continues to lead with combined sales of 23,647 cars last month, representing a market share of more than 13 per cent. In second place is Vauxhall with 18,756 units registered, and Volkswagen sits in third place with 14,017 units. 

Among the brands making big gains last month was Renault, which recorded a year-on-year sales increase of 76 per cent compared with July 2013, with a total of 4088 cars registered last month. Seat and Skoda also performed well, with sales up by 41 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.

UK's best-selling cars in July 2014

1. Ford Fiesta 8854 units registered

2. Ford Focus 6013

3. Vauxhall Corsa 5467

4. Volkswagen Golf 5135

5. Nissan Qashqai 4729

6. Vauxhall Astra 4267

7. Audi A3 3522

8. Fiat 500 3021

9. BMW 3-series 2625

10. Mini 2384

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6 August 2014
Bless that Fiat 500, do not understand how it does it! Customers must be very very loyal.

Corsa & Astra slipping. Wonder if the new (yet another facelift) Corsa will raise it's hopes.

6 August 2014
Amazing that the Golf and its A3 cousin sell almost as many as the Fiesta, and all at premium or near premium prices.

6 August 2014
Fiat 500 - A car that makes you smile it a powerful marketing tool!

Golf/A3 - That's true but as you will see from an article the other day, the margins of VW's are very slim surprisingly despite the premium price.

6 August 2014
It is always good to see Mini in the Top 10. Polo and Juke are however out while A3 is becoming a common sight now.

6 August 2014
After having a good read through the spreadsheet, you can see Dacia making a mockery of MG!

If Dacia continues at the same level of growth they will be selling more cars than Mazda and Volvo this time next year! Incredible really.

6 August 2014
One would think that every serious European and Japanese manufacturer would have, as a high priority, modern, appropriately priced models of the Fiesta/Corsa and Focus/Golf/Astra types to be successful. Surprising that some, such as Fiat, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Subaru, Jaguar don't.

6 August 2014
@ rmcondo- Is because they cater for different sectors of the market?

6 August 2014
Bad new for motorists. Unless an equivalent number of cars are taken off the road each month, this means more and more cars creating congestion and cluttering up the streets when parked. Plus there is a knock of effect of older cars depreciating more swiftly, increasing our running costs as well.
In the absence of any significant road building in this country, I'd like to see one old car taken off the road for every new one added: bring back the scrappage scheme, I say!

6 August 2014
The growth continues, so much so VW could no longer ignore the Leaf, Ford Focus next then the A3 plug-in. Good to see Renault doing well, must be the Capur as I see alot on the roads of the SE

 

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