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Motoring News: New Car Sales Rise in June 2012

Alastair Walker 06/07/2012 15:08:11

Motoring News: New Car Sales Rise in June 2012

New car registrations in the UK rose again last month, by 3.5 per cent compared to June 2011 sales.

This is the fourth month in a row where there has been good news for the UK car industry, which has demand for larger engined cars drop dramatically over the last few years and several large dealer chains suffer financial problems after the banking crisis of 2008.

Brands which have posted good sales in the first six months of 2012 include;

Bentley                      up 13 per cent

Fiat                up 10 per cent

Kia                 up 22 per cent

Land Rover  up 30 per cent

Porsche                     up 33 per cent

Skoda            up 16 per cent

Toyota                       up 18 per cent

Meanwhile some other makes haven't found 2012 has been the road to recovery. Mitsubishi have seen a huge 42 per cent fall in UK sales, with Renault doing even worse seeing a 47 per cent in sales. Renault will be hoping their new Clio (pictured above) will reverse that trend in 2013.

Alfa Romeo has seen a 35 per cent drop, with Vauxhall recording a more modest 9 per cent reduction.

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Manufacturers with a appealing models in the supermini or small hatchback sectors seem to be doing well in 2012, with Ford sales up 4 per cent and Chevrolet up 26 per cent. Hyundai have also seen an 11 per cent jump in their new car sales.

UK buyers are also keen to find new cars which are cheap to insure, or come with free insurance for a year from the manufacturer.

But some prestige brands like Porsche, Bentley, Mercedes and Land Rover have also done well. Those who have money are keen to spend it on what they think are quality cars.

Have you bought a new car this year? What was the most important factor; dealer location, reliability, low mpg, comfort and in-car spec, or other reasons? Post a comment below.



Alastair Walker is features editor of


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