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Almost a quarter of a million new cars purchased in June

Date: 07/07/2014 09:49:04
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

Some 228,291 new cars were registered in June, a 6.2 per cent rise compared to the same time the previous year, new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show.

This means that more than 1.28 million new cars have been sold so far this year, a tenth more seen over the same period in 2013. Moreover, sales of new cars have increased for the 28th month in a row now, reports rac.co.uk.

The figures also reveal that British drivers are becoming greener, as 23,337 vehicles powered by alternative means were bought during the first six months of the year - a 51.3 per cent rise on the previous year.

Ford and Vauxhall enjoyed particularly good sales in June, as the Ford Fiesta is still the best selling car. Some 11,213 of the models were sold in June alone, reports telegraph.co.uk. The Vauxhall Corsa followed with 7,961 purchases, while the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra all enjoyed decent sales too.

Mikes Hawes, SMMT chief executive, says buyers are attracted to new cars because they're becoming increasingly efficient.

"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," he explains. "Improving economic conditions have helped propel the UK new car market to a strong first half-year performance."

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