VW Golf is a pop­u­lar choice

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motor -

The Volk­swa­gen Golf was Britain’s top sell­ing car in June knock­ing the Ford Fi­esta off the top of the sales charts for the first time in eight years.

Last month VW notched up 8,808 Golf sales – 207 more than the Fi­esta and 525 more than the Ford Fo­cus, the third most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle.

Nev­er­the­less the Fi­esta, which is due for re­place­ment with an all-new model in the next few weeks, re­mains top seller in the first six months of the year with 59,380 reg­is­tered.

Year-to-date the Golf is the third most pop­u­lar model, sell­ing 36,703 units with the Fo­cus sec­ond on 40,045.

Over­all, the new car mar­ket in the UK de­clined for a third con­sec­u­tive month with 243,454 new ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in June, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures from in­dus­try trade body the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders.

Regis­tra­tions fell at a slower pace than in the pre­vi­ous two months, by 4.8 per cent, as de­mand con­tin­ued to sta­bilise fol­low­ing a record first quar­ter and the sub­se­quent mar­ket tur­bu­lence caused by the re­cent changes to Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty.

The mar­ket is now more in line with ex­pert fore­casts but in the de­tails the sale of diesel cars fell by nearly 15 per cent to 103,564 in June while hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cle sales soared 29 per cent to 10,721.

De­mand in the month was down across pri­vate, fleet and busi­ness regis­tra­tions, record­ing falls of 7.8 per cent, 2.4 per cent and 8.3 per cent re­spec­tively.

So called al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles - hy­brid and elec­tric - now ac­count for four per cent of the new car mar­ket.

Petrol regis­tra­tions rose by 2.5 per cent in June to al­most 130,000 ve­hi­cles.

Com­pact cars, typ­i­cally pow­ered by smaller petrol en­gines, proved most pop­u­lar for all buy­ers, with su­per­mi­nis and small fam­ily cars ac­count­ing for al­most 60 per cent of the mar­ket in June.

Small fam­ily cars and SUVs were the only two ar­eas to reg­is­ter growth in June, up six per cent and 11.3 per cent re­spec­tively.

The SMMT said that year-to-date over­all per­for­mance re­mains strong, fall­ing slightly by 1.3 per cent to 1,401,811 units and putting the new car mar­ket on track to meet 2017 fore­casts.

Fleet and busi­ness buy­ers drove de­mand across the first six months with regis­tra­tions up 1.5 per cent and 2.7 per cent re­spec­tively in con­trast to a 4.8 per cent drop in pri­vate pur­chases, al­though al­most 650,000 con­sumers have cho­sen a new car so far this year.

Gra­ham Hill, car fi­nance ex­pert at the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mer­cial Fi­nance Bro­kers, said the cur­rent slump in new car sales was wor­ry­ing and added: “New car regis­tra­tions have con­tin­ued to fall, al­beit at a slower pace, for a third con­sec­u­tive month as VED tax changes and dwin­dling con­sumer con­fi­dence start to bite.

“It was al­ways fore­cast that March’s stam­pede to beat the VED dead­line would in turn mean less regis­tra­tions in con­se­quent months, so this is no great sur­prise.”

Shaun Arm­strong, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of car fi­nance provider Cred­it­plus.co.uk, said: “It’s been a truly aw­ful pe­riod for diesel sales. In March, diesel new regis­tra­tions were close to 250,000, and above petrol new regis­tra­tions.

“In June, new (diesel car) regis­tra­tions were just above 100,000 and al­most 15 per cent lower than petrol. That’s a se­ri­ous and pos­si­bly fa­tal fall from grace.

“The new car mar­ket needs a se­ri­ous in­jec­tion of con­fi­dence from some­where. Man­u­fac­tur­ers look­ing for stronger sales in the sec­ond half of the year will turn to pro­vid­ing larger dis­counts and bonuses to make car fi­nance deals look more at­trac­tive.“

Golf was Britain’s top sell­ing car in June knock­ing the Ford Fi­esta off the top of the sales charts for the first time in eight years.

Last month VW notched up 8,808 Golf sales – 207 more than the Fi­esta and 525 more than the Ford Fo­cus, the third most pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle.

Nev­er­the­less the Fi­esta, which is due for re­place­ment with an all-new model in the next few weeks, re­mains top seller in the first six months of the year with 59,380 reg­is­tered.

Year-to-date the Golf is the third most pop­u­lar model, sell­ing 36,703 units with the Fo­cus sec­ond on 40,045.

Over­all, the new car mar­ket in the UK de­clined for a third con­sec­u­tive month with 243,454 new ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in June, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures from in­dus­try trade body the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders.

Regis­tra­tions fell at a slower pace than in the pre­vi­ous two months, by 4.8 per cent, as de­mand con­tin­ued to sta­bilise fol­low­ing a record first quar­ter and the sub­se­quent mar­ket tur­bu­lence caused by the re­cent changes to Ve­hi­cle Ex­cise Duty.

The mar­ket is now more in line with ex­pert fore­casts but in the de­tails the sale of diesel cars fell by nearly 15 per cent to 103,564 in June while hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cle sales soared 29 per cent to 10,721.

De­mand in the month was down across pri­vate, fleet and busi­ness regis­tra­tions, record­ing falls of 7.8 per cent, 2.4 per cent and 8.3 per cent re­spec­tively.

So called al­ter­na­tive fuel ve­hi­cles - hy­brid and elec­tric - now ac­count for four per cent of the new car mar­ket.

Petrol regis­tra­tions rose by 2.5 per cent in June to al­most 130,000 ve­hi­cles.

Com­pact cars, typ­i­cally pow­ered by smaller petrol en­gines, proved most pop­u­lar for all buy­ers, with su­per­mi­nis and small fam­ily cars ac­count­ing for al­most 60 per cent of the mar­ket in June.

Small fam­ily cars and SUVs were the only two ar­eas to reg­is­ter growth in June, up six per cent and 11.3 per cent re­spec­tively.

The SMMT said that year-to-date over­all per­for­mance re­mains strong, fall­ing slightly by 1.3 per cent to 1,401,811 units and putting the new car mar­ket on track to meet 2017 fore­casts.

Fleet and busi­ness buy­ers drove de­mand across the first six months with regis­tra­tions up 1.5 per cent and 2.7 per cent re­spec­tively in con­trast to a 4.8 per cent drop in pri­vate pur­chases, al­though al­most 650,000 con­sumers have cho­sen a new car so far this year.

Pop­u­lar choice VW have knocked the Ford Fi­esta off top spot

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