UK new car registrations increased by 13.4% in June to 214,957 units, securing a 10% growth in the first half of 2013 and the 16th successive monthly rise in figures. Volumes in Q2 rose by 13% this year, posting the strongest quarterly rise since Q3 2011.
Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive, said: “Boosted by consistently strong private demand and further growth in June, half-year new car registrations have topped the one million mark.
“This growth is a clear indicator that manufacturers are delivering desirable new products with tangible cost savings from the latest fuel-efficient technology.”
Private, fleet and business sectors grew from January to June, but private demand increased the most over the first half of the year, up 17.1%, after a 21.3% rise in June.
Ford led the registrations with its Fiesta in June and posted impressive growth among the volume brands with registrations up 31.89% to 31,197 units, in comparison to an increase in registrations from Vauxhall of 16.57% and VW at 14.43%.