Belfast Telegraph

New car sales shift up a gear

By Alan Jones

New car sales in the UK rose by over 7% last month, the first increase since the summer of last year, new figures have shown.

There were 59,346 new car registrations in August, 7.3% more than the same month in 2010, with increased demand from private and fleet buyers.

But despite the increase, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the outlook for the industry remained "challenging".

Sales from January to August were down by 6.1% on the previous year, but the August increase followed 13 months of decline.

The Ford Fiesta was the top-selling new car in August with 3,213 registrations, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (2,901), the Ford Focus (2,858), the VW Golf (1,995), BMW 3 Series (1,739), Vauxhall Astra (1,613), VW Passat (1,526), VW Polo (1,467), Nissan Qashqai (1,312) and Audi A3 (1,125).

Around 2,000 more diesel cars were sold last month than petrol versions.