Fiesta and Focus lead as car sales continue to boom
The two most popular Ford cars are continuing to spearhead the strong recovery of the UK's automotive sector, as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announces in this report that sales of new vehicles rose in June for the 16th consecutive month.
Ford achieved a fantastic one-two at the top of the charts, with the Fiesta being named as the most widely sold model throughout the country and its Ford brand-mate the Focus coming in at second; sales of cars for private domestic use saw the biggest rise of the month, with the number of completed transactions jumping by 21 per cent, showing that the driving public really do appreciate the exceptional quality of the latest examples to reach forecourts from the Michigan-based manufacturers.
Total new car sales in the UK for 2013 so far also reached and surpassed the landmark figure of one million in June, which will be seen as great news by all those involved with the industry. This was accompanied by the revelation that year-on-year growth has now broken the 10 per cent barrier, leading the interim chief executive of SMMT, Mike Baunton, to claim that this 'recent robust growth suggests that the market is on course to perform well ahead of 2012 levels'.
Baunton also noted that UK dealerships are now 'delivering desirable new products with tangible cost savings from the latest fuel-efficient technology coupled to a wide variety of competitive finance offers', which is a reflection of the approach Ford has taken with its leading cars, having been vastly improved economy-wise through the introduction of the groundbreaking EcoBoost engine.
Although the Focus and, in particular, the Fiesta were undoubtedly the biggest winners of these encouraging sales figures, many other cars also enjoyed a strong month, with everything from new Ford Ka models to the S-MAX continuing a trend of selling consistently more units in recent times.
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