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Monthly car sales fall again

  • Sales fall for 13th consecutive month
  • Slow economic growth blamed
  • Rate of decline is slowing, though
Words ByPete Barden

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New car sales have fallen for the 13th consecutive month, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales for July were down 3.5% on the same period in 2010, with new registrations dipping to 131,634.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said the fall in sales reflected the 'impact of slow economic growth and subdued confidence'. However, the rate of decline is continuing to slow.

While private sales continue to fall, fleet sales have bolstered the market with an increase of 2.1% over the same period last year. Mr Everitt believes the stronger results in this sector of the market should help the industry meet its full-year sales forecast of 1.93 million vehicles.

Diesel vs petrol
Despite the fall in sales, new registrations of diesel cars remain strong, and now account for 50.2% of the market overall up from 44% last year. Vauxhall's Insignia was the top-selling diesel in July, just pipping the year-to-date best-selling VW Golf.

The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling car overall in July, and year-to-date.

July and year-to-date sales
July and year-to-date sales
July

  1. 10.Model
    Ford Fiesta
    FordFocus
    Vauxhall Corsa
    VW Golf
    Vauxhall Astra
    Vauxhall Insignia
    BMW 3 Series
    Vauxhall Polo
    Nissan Qashqai
    PassatSales
    6695
    6235
    5122
    4272
    4084
    4037
    3693
    3684
    3391
    2514Year-to-date
  2. 10.Model
    Ford Fiesta
    Ford Focus
    Vauxhall Corsa
    VW Golf
    Vauxhall Astra
    Vauxhall Insignia
    VW Polo
    BMW 3 Series
    Nissan Qashqai
    MiniSales
    58,338
    50,060
    43,719
    37,390
    36,967
    29,987
    26,581
    25,559
    23,383
    20,337