The Ford fiesta’s long running streak of being at the top of the monthly sales leader board came to an end in June. The latest figures from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) show that Volkswagen's new model Golf takes the top spot by just over 200 units more sold.
Despite Greater sales for the new Golf, June saw the new car market decline slightly for a third consecutive month with 243,454 new cars registered in June. The registrations fell by a much slower pace than the previous two months, just 4.8%, as the market continues to level out following a record first quarter. This was mainly down to the rush created by the new Vehicle excise duty tariffs that came into force from April 2017 onwards.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “As forecast, demand for new cars has started to cool following five consecutive years of solid growth but the numbers are still strong and the first half of the year is the second biggest on record. Provided consumer and business confidence holds, we expect demand to remain at a similarly high level over the coming months. It’s encouraging to see alternatively fuelled vehicles experiencing rapid growth but adoption is still at a relatively low level and more long term incentives are required if this new generation of vehicles is to be a more common sight on British roads.”
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Smaller cars, in particular those powered by efficient compact petrol engines, proved to be the most popular. The supermini and other small family cars made up for around 60% of the total market sales in June 2017, as small family cars and SUVs were the only segments to grow, 6% up for the small family car and 11.3% up for the SUVs.