New car registrations rose once again in May 2014 – making this the longest EVER period of growth for the new car market.
Car registrations have grown for a staggering 27 consecutive months, following yet another 7.7% increase last month, reports the SMMT.
194,032 new cars were registered, the most in the month of May for a decade – ensuring the British new car market has now broken the previous non-stop growth record set back in the late 1980s.
The one-million mark has also now been broken, with 1,058,974 new cars registered to date in 2014.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said it was “fantastic new products… improved fuel economy and competitive deals” that are continuing to draw customers into showrooms.
He did add that it might not continue indefinitely, though. “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.”
Top 10 best-sellers surprises
There was a shock in the top 10 new car registrations chart, too. Not at the top spot, of course: once again, the Ford Fiesta leads the way, with 9,450 registrations being a hefty few thousand cars clear of the next-best model.
But that next-best car wasn’t the Ford Focus, but the Volkswagen Golf! What’s more, the Vauxhall Corsa came in third place, displacing the Ford Focus down to fourth place – just one ahead of the Vauxhall Astra.
Is Ford already starting to whittle down sales of the current shape model in anticipation of the looming heavily facelifted car?
Vauxhall will be further cheered by another surprise in the top 10 registrations chart – the appearance of the Mokka in 10th place. This car’s proving to be a real hit for the brand and its popularity means this may not be the first time we see it appearing in the UK’s favourite cars chart…
UK top 10 best-sellers – May 2014
1 Ford Fiesta: 9,450 registrations
2 Volkswagen Golf: 7,134
3 Vauxhall Corsa: 6,536
4 Ford Focus: 5,824
5 Vauxhall Astra: 5,035
6 Nissan Qashqai: 4,144
7 Audi A3: 3,886
8 Volkswagen Polo: 3,607
9 Fiat 500: 2,896
10 Vauxhall Mokka: 2,801