UK new car sales up by over 17 percent over the past 2 years, still going strong

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Figures from the SMMT have shown that the UK car market is still storming ahead with sales up over 17 percent over the past 2 years.

Even though February is seen as a quieter month in the car sales calendar, UK dealers still managed to increase sales by 3 percent over last years figures.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive put the growth in sales down to the attractiveness of the new car market and growing consumer confidence. He said, “While February is typically a quieter month ahead of the March registration plate change, we expect the arrival of the new 14-plate and increasing economic confidence to maintain a steady rate of growth.”

The Ford Fiesta continued its reign of the leaderboards, selling over 40 percent more cars than it’s nearest rival the Vauxhall Corsa. The introduction of the critically acclaimed Fiesta ST and sort after fuel efficient models and helped Ford continue their dominance of the market.

In 2013 the UK overtook France to become Europe’s second-largest car market behind the German powerhouse, which saw 2.95 million new car sales.

Read on for a list of the best selling cars for last month.

Best selling new cars in February 2014 

  • Ford Fiesta (4,415 sales)
  • Vauxhall Corsa (3,138)
  • Vauxhall Astra (2,707)
  • Ford Focus (2,506)
  • VW Golf (1,628)
  • VW Polo (1,450)
  • Mercedes C-Class (1,231)
  • Vauxhall Insignia (1,164)
  • Audi A3 (1,148)
  • BMW 3 Series (1,085)

Source: SMMT

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