UK's new car market experiences longest period of growth since 1980s


New car sales up

May saw yet another increase in the UK car market, meaning it has experienced its 27th consecutive month of growth, breaking a record that was set in the late 1980s.

A total of 194,032 new cars were registered in the UK last month, which tips the total number of cars registered in 2014 over the one million mark.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, 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."

The list of best-sellers has remained relatively unchanged since April, with the Ford Fiesta topping the list, selling 9,450 models in May. The Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus followed close behind.

The BMW 3 Series dropped out of the top ten for the first time, replaced by Vauxhall's chunky Mokka crossover - it sold 2,801 models.

Take a look at the list below for the best selling cars in May.

1. Ford Fiesta
9450 units registered

2. Volkswagen Golf
7134 units registered

3. Vauxhall Corsa
6536 units registered

4. Ford Focus
5824 units registered

5. Vauxhall Astra
5035 units registered

6. Nissan Qashqai
4144 units registered

7. Audi A3
3886 units registered

8. Volkswagen Polo
3607 units registered

9. Fiat 500
2896 units registered

10. Vauxhall Mokka
2801 units registered