New Car Sales gather pace
Increase in sales due to fuel efficient cars
New car sales have risen by 13.4% last month showing that recovery in the car market is really gathering pace. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said new sales increased to 214,957 in the month, up from 189,514 in June last year. This was the 16th successive month in which total car sales have risen. In the first half of 2013 there have been 1,163,623 new car sales, up on the 1,057,680 shifted by this stage last year. Mike Baunton of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said "while there are still potential challenges ahead, recent robust growth suggests that the market is on course to perform well ahead of 2012 levels.”
Changing to a fuel efficient car is one of the reasons sales have increased. The cost of motoring is extremely high and fuel efficient cars are definitely the way forward, not only for saving on fuel but also tax and congestion charges. The SMMT said that buyers switching to more fuel-efficient vehicles has reduced average new car carbon dioxide emissions by 3.7 per cent in the first half of 2013 on the same period of 2012.
The Ford Fiesta was the bestselling car last month at 11,332, followed by the Ford Focus (9,128), the Vauxhall Corsa (8,868), Vauxhall Astra (7,074), VW Golf (5,875), BMW 3 Series (5,432), VW Polo (4,703), BMW 1 Series (4,678), Nissan Qashqai (4,507) and Peugeot 208 (3,649). The stylish new Fiesta features Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the International Engine of the Year 2013 and 2012 that delivers 125PS and produces 99g/km CO2 as part of a class-leading line-up of six powertrains that deliver sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions. There is also an an ECOnetic technology version which is powered by a 1.6 litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, this has co2 emissions of only 87g/km.
The number of electric cars on the road is certainly on the rise, there are a number of high quality electric cars on offer and there are big discounts available. An electric version of the already successful Volkswagen Up! city car arrives this year. With an 80 bhp electric motor, the e-Up! develops excellent torque from standstill. Power is provided by an 18.7 kWh lithium ion battery providing around a 90 mile range. Top speed is electronically limited to 80 mph, and a full recharge takes around six to eight hours using a domestic 13A supply or less using a fast-charger.