1,057,680 new cars were registered in the UK during the first half of 2012, an increase of 2.7% compared to last year’s figure.
That result was slightly better than had been predicted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and it follows a fourth successive month of year-on-year growth.
The market impetus has come solely from the private segment, which now accounts for 45% of sales. By contrast, the fleet and business sectors combined actually posted a small decrease.
As expected, the Ford Fiesta continues to be the UK’s best-selling car, although the rival Vauxhall Corsa has now moved up from third to second place in the registrations league table:
Top 10: Cumulative UK Car Sales Q2 2012
Position Manufacturer Model Registrations
1 Ford Fiesta 59,570
2 Vauxhall Corsa 47,147
3 Ford Focus 43,853
4 Volkswagen Golf 34,572
5 Vauxhall Astra 30,483
6 Nissan Qashqai 23,435
7 BMW 3 Series 23,035
8 Volkswagen Polo 22,349
9 Vauxhall Insignia 17,890
10 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 17,617
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