Car sales rise for record 27th time


%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%Another rise last month has taken UK car sales to their longest-ever period of growth.

A total of 194,032 new cars were registered in May - a 7.7% rise on the May 2013 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
The increase last month was the 27th consecutive monthly rise - beating the previous record of 26 months of growth between May 1987 and June 1989.

Sales for 2014 so far have reached 1,058,974 - an 11.6% rise on the January-May 2013 total.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "The new car market has now grown in every month since March 2012 - the longest period of growth on record and a reflection of the UK's ever-improving economic conditions.

"Over the past 27 months, increasingly-confident consumers have been drawn to some fantastic new products, attracted by innovative technologies, improved fuel economy and competitive deals helping make a new car more affordable.

"With SMMT forecasting an overall rise of around 6% over the year, the coming months should see some levelling off in growth rates as underlying demand stabilises."

SMMT records go back to 1959. They show that after the current 27-month and the previous 26-month record periods of growth, the next-best was a 21-month run between August 1962 and April 1964.

There was a 20-month period of growth between October 2000 and May 2002 and a 15-month run between October 1982 and December 1983.

The SMMT also said today that the number of cars registered with alloy wheels rose from 65.% in 2004 to 87.1% in 2013, while the number fitted with air conditioning as standard increased from 75.3% in 2004 to 95.4% in 2013.

These were the best-selling models in May 2014:

1. Ford Fiesta
2. Volkswagen Golf
3. Vauxhall Corsa
4. Ford Focus
5. Vauxhall Astra
6. Nissan Qashqai
7. Audi A3
8. Volkswagen Polo
9. Fiat 500
10. Vauxhall Mokka

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Car sales rise for record 27th time

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Dacia has made a big impact in the UK with its line of affordable motors.
The Sandero is the foundation of the brand's offering and is famed for being the UK's cheapest car.

With a group two insurance classification it's also one of the cheapest cars to insure right now.
The entry level Access model is sparsely equipped, but it has a practical interior, big boot and low running costs.

Price new: £8,060

The Seat Mii is a small city car which Auto Express praises for its spacious interior, good build quality and supple ride.

All models are in insurance group one, bar the group two Sport version.
The Mii is available in three-door or five-door styles, but both measure just 3.5 metres, making it perfect for getting around town.

Price new: £8,090

The Skoda Citigo was crowned Auto Express Best City Car 2013.

The magazine praised its low running costs and practicality as well as its grown up driving experience.
Like its Mii stable mate the Citigo has group one insurance in all apart from its top specification model, making it one of the cheapest cars to insure.

Price new: £8,265

The third of the Volkswagen's group of three city cars to make the list is the Up!

Auto Express says the Up! was 'born to rule' city streets with its small dimensions and lightweight body.
There's three versions of this fun city car; Take Up! has a group one rating as does Move Up! while the higher spec High Up! gets a group two classification.

Price new: £8,345

The Hyundai i10 is another car which can get you a cheap insurance quote thanks to a group one insurance rating across all the 1.0-litre petrol models.

Auto Express says the new 2014 i10 offers big car features in a small package. And for £8,345 you also get Hyundai's five-year warranty and roadside assistance package.

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Vauxhall has managed to squeeze one of its full sized Corsas into insurance group two.
Auto Express says the 1.0-litre ecoFlex model has the lowest insurance costs of any mainstream supermini.

The eye-catching design, solid interior and big-car features make it an appealing buy for drivers.

Price new: £9,575

The Smart car caused a bit of a stir when it first appeared thanks to its dinky dimensions and bold two-seat layout, making it very useful for driving about town and absurdly easy to park.

The Smart ForTwo is the latest incarnation, which keeps to the same formula; it still has only two seats and is one of the smallest cars on the road measuring just 2.5 metres long,
The entry level 0.8- and 1.0-litre models qualify for group two insurance.

Price new: £11,810

The Peugeot Partner Tepee 1.6 VTi is the passenger version of the Partner van and according to Auto Express easily the most spacious new car that currently qualifies for a group two insurance rating.

It's got a boxy shape that provides plenty of room and has sliding doors which make it a very practical and flexible family car.

If you're after something smaller the Peugeot Bipper Tepee, which is the smallest of Peugeot's family of Tepee MPVs, also gets a group two insurance rating.


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