Fiesta leads Top 10 as new car sales leap 14 per cent
'The UK continues to perform well ahead of the troubled eurozone'
Tuesday 07 May 2013
New car sales raced ahead last month, according to official figures.
There were a total of 163,357 new registrations in April 2013 - a 14.8 per cent rise on the April 2012 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
The April 2013 increase was the 14th successive monthly rise. It took the total of new car sales for the year so far to 768,555 - a 8.9 per cent increase on the January-April 2012 total.
SMMT interim chief executive Mike Baunton said: "The UK new car market continues to perform surprisingly strongly, with volumes again increasing in April.
"While the headline increase was up almost 15 per cent, there were more sales days this year than last."
He went on: "The UK continues to perform well ahead of the troubled eurozone as consumer confidence, regular purchase cycles, attractive finance deals and wider market factors continue to make new car buying favourable for motorists."
Private sales were up more than 32 per cent last month and have grown more than 15 per cent so far this year.
These were the best-selling models in April 2013:
1. Ford Fiesta
2. Vauxhall Corsa
3. Ford Focus
4. Volkswagen Golf
5. Vauxhall Astra
6. Nissan Qashqai
7. Volkswagen Polo
8. Fiat 500
9. Peugeot 208
Life & Style blogs
Charlie Charlie Challenge: everyone on the internet thinks it’s a marketing stunt, but it probably isn’t
Not brushing your teeth can lead to dementia and heart disease
Insomnia could be cured with one simple therapy session, new study claims
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca reclaims top spot to be named world's best restaurant
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 1 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
£17500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently require an experie...
£50000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Partner Manager is required ...
£45000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Regional Sales Manager is re...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The company provides IT support...