A continued rise in new car registrations last month means the UK's car market has broken its previous record for uninterrupted growth, last set in the 1980s

Sales in the UK's new car market have risen again in May, marking the longest-ever period of growth in history. A total of 194,032 new cars were registered last month, the highest total for the same period since 2004.

Registrations for 2014 have also passed one million, with 1,058,974 new cars sold so far this year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is forecasting total registrations this year of 2.4 million. SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "The new car market has now grown in every month since March 2012 – the longest period of growth on record and a reflection of the UK’s ever-improving economic conditions.

"Over the past 27 months, increasingly confident consumers have been drawn to some fantastic new products, attracted by innovative technologies, improved fuel economy and competitive deals helping make a new car more affordable."

Ford has again lead the monthly sales charts with over 23,000 new cars registered, and is well ahead for the year so far, taking over 13 per cent of the car market. Close behind was Vauxhall with a ten per cent market share, ahead of Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes.

Best-sellers this month are the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa.

UK's best-selling cars in May 2014

1 Ford Fiesta 9450 units registered

2 Volkswagen Golf 7134

3 Vauxhall Corsa 6536

4 Ford Focus 5824

5 Vauxhall Astra 5035

6 Nissan Qashqai 4144

7 Audi A3 3886

8 Volkswagen Polo 3607

9 Fiat 500 2896

10 Vauxhall Mokka 2801

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5 June 2014
Very surprised to see the Mokka in that list, even if it only just scrapes in at tenth place. Just goes to show how big a market the compact SUV sector is now, with the Qashqai, Juke and Mokka being among the best-selling cars in the country.

5 June 2014
Motormouths wrote:

Very surprised to see the Mokka in that list, even if it only just scrapes in at tenth place. Just goes to show how big a market the compact SUV sector is now, with the Qashqai, Juke and Mokka being among the best-selling cars in the country.

Even more surprising when you consider the slating the Mokka has received in the motoring press. I wonder how many of those ended up in rental fleets?

5 June 2014
Will86 wrote:
Motormouths wrote:

Very surprised to see the Mokka in that list, even if it only just scrapes in at tenth place. Just goes to show how big a market the compact SUV sector is now, with the Qashqai, Juke and Mokka being among the best-selling cars in the country.

Even more surprising when you consider the slating the Mokka has received in the motoring press. I wonder how many of those ended up in rental fleets?

Slating? Here's some VERDICTS, Autocar said: Pricey in comparison to some, but it's still a very good all-rounder.
Whatcar: You might be doubtful, but there is much of merit when it comes to this particular Vauxhall Mokka
TopGear said : The Mokka isn't a great SUV, but these revisions make it a fair one

Hardly a slating

 

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5 June 2014
xxxx wrote:
Will86 wrote:
Motormouths wrote:

Very surprised to see the Mokka in that list, even if it only just scrapes in at tenth place. Just goes to show how big a market the compact SUV sector is now, with the Qashqai, Juke and Mokka being among the best-selling cars in the country.

Even more surprising when you consider the slating the Mokka has received in the motoring press. I wonder how many of those ended up in rental fleets?

Slating? Here's some VERDICTS, Autocar said: Pricey in comparison to some, but it's still a very good all-rounder.
Whatcar: You might be doubtful, but there is much of merit when it comes to this particular Vauxhall Mokka
TopGear said : The Mokka isn't a great SUV, but these revisions make it a fair one

Hardly a slating

WhatCar give the Mokka 2 stars out of 5 and conclude with 'The Vauxhall Mokka isn't without appeal. However, most rivals have it beaten in almost every area'. Top Gear give it 4/10 and conclude 'There are many good mini-SUVs on the market. The Mokka isn’t one of them. We advise a trip to a Skoda dealership'. That's a slating in my book.

5 June 2014
Will86 wrote:
xxxx wrote:
Will86 wrote:
Motormouths wrote:

Very surprised to see the Mokka in that list, even if it only just scrapes in at tenth place. Just goes to show how big a market the compact SUV sector is now, with the Qashqai, Juke and Mokka being among the best-selling cars in the country.

Even more surprising when you consider the slating the Mokka has received in the motoring press. I wonder how many of those ended up in rental fleets?

Slating? Here's some VERDICTS, Autocar said: Pricey in comparison to some, but it's still a very good all-rounder.
Whatcar: You might be doubtful, but there is much of merit when it comes to this particular Vauxhall Mokka
TopGear said : The Mokka isn't a great SUV, but these revisions make it a fair one

Hardly a slating

WhatCar give the Mokka 2 stars out of 5 and conclude with 'The Vauxhall Mokka isn't without appeal. However, most rivals have it beaten in almost every area'. Top Gear give it 4/10 and conclude 'There are many good mini-SUVs on the market. The Mokka isn’t one of them. We advise a trip to a Skoda dealership'. That's a slating in my book.

And I can can only go by the Verdicts and conclusions I listed. At the end of the day I'll never trust a review again since test driving a new C3, most people would ignore it and go straight to a fiesta (great car) after reading reviews of the two but at the end of the day they'd probably be better suited to a C3

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 June 2014
It would be good to see if the scrappage statistics matched the number of new registrations each month to at least show that the car population is stable. More and more new car registrations each month may be good news for the industry, but it's bad news for existing motorists.
Mind you, these figures are only registrations - there is no guarantee that all these cars will have found buyers!

5 June 2014
Always amazes me to see the 500 pop up after all these years and not even a proper facelift needed.

5 June 2014
Anyone know why you can never get hold of the Full list of Car sales, NOT THE MANUFACTURES PERCENTAGE as I know this is on the SMMT site.
Afterall it should be public information, Freedom of Information act and all that!
It solve so many arguments on this website!!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

5 June 2014
Surprising to see the Mokka in that list. I suspect a lot of those cars will have been purchased by families of Vauxhall workers at Luton and Ellesmere Port. Great to see that the 500 continues to do well; shows that a facelift isn't always necessary. I wonder if this good news will see them reconsider relaunching the British Motor Show? Surely given how strong British offerings are these days (British-built Nissans, Range Rover, Jaguar etc), there's more of a case for it than ever?


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5 June 2014
Golf ever sneaked up the UK sales charts. Same goes for the A3. Do I hear corks popping in Wolfsburg and Inglostadt?
The presence of three SUVs in the top 10 is only a sign of the time. I do see a lot of Mokkas plying on the road.

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