UK Auto Sales Up 13.4% in June for 16th Straight Month image

New vehicle registrations in the UK increased 13.4% in June, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

June auto sales marked the 16th straight month of growth in the UK, up 13.4% to 215,000 units. The increase was brought mainly by strong demand from private customers. According to SMMT auto sales this year might surpass the 2012 level as the business, fleet and private sectors have reported increases during the first half of the year.

From January to June private sales jumped 17.1%. The best selling model so far this year in the UK is the Ford Fiesta, Followed by the Focus and the Vauxhaul Corsa.

David Raistrick, UK automotive leader at Deloitte, said: “The need to compete by providing the low finance rates highlights the increasing importance within Europe of the UK market as the level of sales in Germany, France, Italy and Spain continues to contract. With base rates remaining at historically low levels, there is no immediate end in sight for the availability of relatively cheap financing options for the UK car buyer.”

Sales in May increased 11% to 180,111 vehicles, from 162,888 in May 2012. Private demand climbed 20.9%, outperforming pre-recession volumes recorded in 2007. Ford was the best sold vehicle in UK as Fiesta sold 9,316 units and Focus 7,522 units.