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New car sales in the United Kingdom have increased by 9.3 percent in July according to sales figures released by SMMT.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, or simply SMMT, has recently announced that the United Kingdom’s new car market has grown by 9.3 percent in July with 143,884 vehicles sold. This is the best month of the year for new car sales in the UK and in July 2011, the British have bought “only” 131,634 new cars. New car sales in the UK have grown in the first seven months by up to 3.5 percent to a total of 1,201564 units when compared to the same period of 2011.

“New car registrations rose 9.3 per cent in July, continuing the upward trend seen during recent months. The SMMT’s full-year forecast is for 1.97 million cars to be registered during 2012, suggesting a slight slowing of demand in the second half of the year”, said Paul Everitt, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive.

The best-selling cars in the United Kingdom in July 2012 were the Ford Fiesta (7,553 units sold), the Vauxhall Corsa (5,809), the Vauxhall Astra (5,211), the Ford Focus (4,742), the Volkswagen Golf (4,367), the Nissan Qashqai (3,721), the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (3,163), the Volkswagen Polo (2,863), the Audi A3 (2,711) and the Vauxhall Insignia (2,591).