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Ford Fiesta forges ahead as UK new car sales rise to nine-year high.

Sales of new cars in the UK continued to motor ahead in June, resulting in the best first-half figures since 2005.

June saw new car registrations rise 6.2% to 228,291, which means 1,287,265 new cars have been sold in first six months of the year – a 10.6% rise and the best half-year total since 2005.

The Ford Fiesta was once again the best-selling car in June – a position it’s held every month in the new car charts since 2009.

Top-selling cars in June 2014

  1. Ford Fiesta – 11,213
  2. Vauxhall Corsa – 7,961
  3. Ford Focus – 7,391
  4. VW Golf – 6,546
  5. Vauxhall Astra – 6,249
  6. Nissan Qashqai – 5,356
  7. Vauxhall Insignia – 4,660
  8. Fiat 500 – 4,177
  9. BMW 3-Series – 3,961
  10. Audi A3 – 3,893

Figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Improving economic conditions have helped propel the UK new car market to a strong first half-year performance, with registrations up 10.6% on the same period in 2013.

“Key to attracting consumers is the ever-improving efficiency of new cars, an important factor that is highlighted by the 51.3% increase in alternatively-fuelled vehicle registrations so far this year.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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