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Motorists’ demand for greener, more fuel efficient cars has helped drive up the sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles in the UK by 51 per cent over the past six months to an annual total of 2.4 million.
The SMMT’s monthly data report on new car registrations, revealed that motorists have bought 23,337 alternatively-fuelled cars to include the Toyota Prius and Vauxhall Ampera hybrids since January 2014, whilst sales of electric-powered cars such as Tesla’s S model, have more than doubled to 143 per cent.
The report shows that there is a continuous rise in new car sales with 1.29 million vehicle sold in the first 6 months of 2014. This represents a 10.6 per cent rise on the same period in 2013 and the best half-year performance since 2005.
Providing the current trends continue in the next few months, the UK is well on track to hit its 2.4 million target this year which will represent a 6 per cent increase on 2013.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said: “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.”
“Improving economic conditions have helped propel the UK new car market to a strong first half-year performance. Key to attracting consumers is the ever-improving efficiency of new cars.”
The Ford Fiesta remains Britain’s top-selling car in 2014 with dealers selling 11,213 of the vehicles in June, taking the total sold in the year to date to 70,153. The Fiesta is streets ahead of competitors, with second-placed Vauxhall Corsas only selling 7,961 in June, bringing the total to 44,754 for the year to date.
Advances in technology have helped to drive down the cost of motoring and with the average new car sold in 2014 returning as high as 54.7miles per gallon (mpg), and average CO2 emissions dropping 6.5 per cent to 128.8 grams per kilometre (g/km) in the first quarter of the year, it is predicted that new cars sales will continue to boom.
See below for figures for the top ten best-selling cars in June 2014.
1. Ford Fiesta – 8083
2. Vauxhall Corsa – 6064
3. Ford Focus – 5944
4. Volkswagen Golf – 5283
5. Vauxhall Astra – 4244
6. Nissan Qashqai – 3761
7. Volkswagen Polo – 3630
8. Fiat 500 – 3037
9. Peugeot 208 – 2975
10. Audi A3 – 2935