The UK's new car market remains buoyant in the first month of 2015, with more than 164,000 registrations
Darren Moss
5 February 2015

The UK’s new car market has got off to the strongest start to the year since 2007, with more than 164,000 registrations in January.

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveals that January marked the 35th consecutive month of new car growth.

A total of 164,856 new cars were sold in the UK in the first month of 2015, a rise of 6.7 per cent compared with the same period last year. Sales of company cars were particularly high, with more than 89,000 vehicles going to the fleet sector, while sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles grew by more than 60 per cent on last year, with 4598 units sold.

Despite this strong start to the year, however, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes is urging caution, saying he expects “to see some levelling off throughout the year”.

“Demand is back to pre-recession levels following record-breaking growth,” he said.

UK’s best-selling cars in January 2015

1 - Ford Fiesta - 8674 units registered

2 - Vauxhall Corsa - 6879

3 - Ford Focus - 4824

4 - Nissan Qashqai - 4676

5 - Volkswagen Golf - 4387

6 - Audi A3 - 3648

7 - Mercedes-Benz C-class - 3534

8 - Volkswagen Polo - 3517

9 - Fiat 500 - 3145

10 - Vauxhall Astra - 2996

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5 February 2015
Sorry to see Vauxhall Astra near the bottom of this list. At this rate soon there'll be more Audi A3s than Astras on our roads. On the other hand the new model helps Vauxhall push their Corsa above Golf and Focus.

5 February 2015
Interesting to see the C-Class is in the top 10. I do see a lot of them on the road now, so maybe not that surprising.

6 February 2015
Is this because they've stopped selling, or because their dealers are not pre registering. Have we finally fallen out of love with French cars?

6 February 2015
If reviews are anything to go by maybe we'll soon see the Corsa outselling the Fiesta. But why does the Astra consistently sell so badly compared to the Focus? If this forum is anything to go by, few people have a good word for the Focus, and it can't be down to price: I'm sure Vauxhall doscount as well as Ford, and not so long ago there were significant list price reductions right across the Astra range.

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