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New car sales surge by 7.6%

Thu, 06 Feb 2014

THE SURGE in new car sales has continued into the new year.

There were 154,562 new vehicles registered last month, a 7.6% rise on January last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

The society said sales of alternatively fuelled vehicle increased by 25%.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "The new car market ended 2013 on a high, so it is encouraging to see the January market start the year strongly.

"As fuel economy is a major consideration for many motorists, ongoing investment by vehicle manufacturers in innovative, fuel-efficient technology is a key factor in the growing demand for new cars. Looking ahead, the UK automotive industry expects to see moderate, sustainable growth in 2014."

These were the best-selling models in January 2014:

1. Ford Fiesta

2. Ford Focus

3. Vauxhall Corsa

4. Volkswagen Golf

5. Volkswagen Polo

6. Vauxhall Astra

7. Audi A3

8. Nissan Qashqai

9. Nissan Juke

10. Fiat 500

By Peter Woodman, Press Association