UK New Car Sales Up 10 Percent In the First Half of 2014

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Compared to the same period last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders hints that the United Kingdom's new car market has grown by more than 10 percent. Get this - the biggest gains are coming from plug-in EVs and alternatively fueled vehicles, while Ford is still the leader of the British new car market.
The Blue Oval's British arm boasts a little over 13 percent market share and managed to move 173,554 new vehicles these first six months of the current year. That's a big slice of the new car pie that amounts to a total of 1,287,265 vehicles registered from January 2014 to June 2014. Some 228k motors have been moved in June alone.

Besides the unexpected but welcomed growth, statistics show that Brits in the market for a brand new motor are slowly but steadily replacing internal combustion in favor of eco-friendly motors. Specifically, the alternatively fueled new car market soared by 50 percent compared to the first six months of 2013. That's 23,337 green vehicles versus 15,427 in the same period of 2013.

"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," declared Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes. The SMMT looks toward to the end of 2014, as analysts expect new car sales to reach 2.4 million.

As for the United Kingdom's best-selling nameplates in June 2014, the top five list consists of the Ford Fiesta supermini leading with 11,213 registered units, followed at a distant margin by the Vauxhall Corsa (7,961), Ford Focus (7,399), Volkswagen Golf (6,546) and Vauxhall Astra (6,249).
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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