Half-year results show impressive growth in the UK's new car market, while sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles continue to rise

The UK's new car market has grown by over ten per cent in the first half of 2014, with some of the biggest gains coming from electric and alternatively fuelled vehicles.

A total of 1,287,265 new cars have been registered in the first six months to June, with 228,291 units coming last month alone. That represents the best half-year total since 2005, and a 6.2 per cent increase on last June's numbers.

The alternatively-fuelled market has leapt by over 50 per cent on last year, with 23,337 new cars registered so far compared to 15,427 in the same period in 2013. The Society of Motor Manufacuturers and Traders says this is down to a "consumer demand for efficiency."

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "The overall market has risen faster than we were expecting but, after a bumper March, growth is showing signs of stabilising around our forecast level." The SMMT has forecasted total sales in 2014 will reach 2.4 million, the highest level since 2007.

Ford continues to lead the market in the UK, with over a 13 per cent market share and 173,554 new cars registered so far this year. Vauxhall is close behind with 141,609 units registered, with Volkswagen on 110,666 units.

Among the big movers so far in 2014 is Renault, whose half-year sales compared to last year are up by over 50 per cent, at 32,064 units

Best-selling models this month include the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus.

UK's best-selling cars in June 2014

1 Ford Fiesta 11,213 units registered

2 Vauxhall Corsa 7961

3 Ford Focus 7399

4 Volkswagen Golf 6546

5 Vauxhall Astra 6249

6 Nissan Qashqai 5356

7 Vauxhall Insignia 4660

8 Fiat 500 4177

9 BMW 3-series 3961

10 Audi A3 3893

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4 July 2014
Psychological barriers to alternatively fuelled cars seem to be waning. From the picture leading this article, I assume it is Nissan Leaf leading the charge (pun intended).
Golf is becoming a permanent feature in the top 5 ahead of Astra. Nissan Qashqai steadfast at 6th. Audi A3 is another car that is becoming frequent among the Top 10.

4 July 2014
With clear statistics showing a massive difference of 32,000. cars ahead of its closest rival how can the reporter claim that Ford is closely followed by Vauxhall in sales?

A bit of accurate reporting would go a long way in convincing your readership that you are a top tier motoring media!

4 July 2014
lets face it, popular car magazines are trash entertainment... actually, car magazine has some good industry and technical features that I've actually learned something from. i put autocar in the same league as the daily mail. light entertainment somewhat based on reality.

4 July 2014
Good thing about the CONTINUING growth of the Alternative fuelled car, be it EV or plug-in hybrid, is that all the ludites/trolls etc that got in such a tiz whenever a plug-in or EV story appeared seem to be disappearing.
But to further improve the plug-in hybrid I think the minuim a car should travel on electric power alone should be increased to at least 40 miles to qualify for the goverment grant.
There's currently 18 cars available for the grant by the way.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 July 2014
These are the manufacturer stats for June 2014, great to see Vauxhall closing the gap to Ford and VW going down :)

1. Ford 29376 (Down 5.84%)
2. Vauxhall 28304 (Up 12.4%)
3. Volkswagen 18654 (Down 4.78%)
4. BMW 15052 (Up 5.33%)
5. Nissan 13524 (Up 27.56%)
6. Audi 13503 (Up 8.75%)
7. Mercedes-Benz 11200 (Up 16.51%)
8. Peugeot 9684 (Down 2.05%)
9. Toyota 8850 (Up 4.46%)
10. Citroen 7274 (Up 5.63%)

5 July 2014
VW is the only one of the top 3 making any profit in Europe. Ford and Vauxhall are making losses. So really, VW are kicking Ford and Vauxhalls' asses in Europe. Any one of those companies could become no.1 in sales if they sold their cars cheap enough, ala Vauxhall who havent made a profit in Europe since the previous century. Sales without corresponding profits are nothing to boast about.

5 July 2014
i do know all of that, did i mention anything about the profits or losses of any of the companies, i purely stated sales facts for anyone who wanted to see them.

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