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New car sales in the UK continued to decline in June, data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed Wednesday.

New car sales in the UK in June fell 6.2% year on year to 183,125 units. Year to date volume was off 7.1% to 1,029,638.

However, the Government’s car scrappage scheme had helped push figures up this time last year.
The SMMT expects total new car sales to reach nearly 1.93 million by the end of 2011, down from 2.03 million last year.

The Ford Fiesta remained the best-selling model in June and over the year-to-date, followed by the Focus. The VW Golf was the best-selling diesel model over the first six months of 2011, but was pushed into second place in June by the Vauxhall Insignia.

The remaining cars in the top ten are the Polo, the BMW 3-Series, the Nissan Qashqai and the MINI.

“June new car registrations continued to perform in line with industry expectations with robust demand in the fleet sector and a relatively weak retail market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

“The balance of demand makes this a tough time for vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks.”