Official sales figures show that the Vauxhall Corsa is currently the second most-popular new car with buyers in the United Kingdom, with the British model only lagging behind the Ford Fiesta.
For the first half of 2012 Vauxhall has seen more than 52,958 new Corsas registered. It was also the second best-selling car overall in July, selling 5,809 models.
New Vauxhall Corsa deals are thought to be one of the main reasons for the car’s impressive sales. Another explanation is that new car buyers are looking for economical small cars when they decide to invest in a brand new car for the long-term.
The growth in the supermini sector supports this. The Mini segment also grew 93.4% in July, and the Dual Purpose by 42.5%.
The Ford Fiesta had another impressive month in July, selling 7,533 cars, making it the runaway winner in the popularity stakes. It also has an impressive lead over the Fiesta in the first half of 2012, selling more than 67,103 cars.
The figures, provided by industry body SMMT, show that the Ford Focus is the nation’s third most-popular car over the course of 2012, selling 48,595 models in the first half of the year.
New car registrations overall were up by 9.3 per cent across the UK in July to 143,884 units, the fifth monthly gain in a row, and the best month so far in 2012. The UK car industry has been in good health so far this year – in massive contrast to some of its European neighbours such as France, Italy and Greece.
“New car registrations rose 9.3% in July, continuing the upward trend seen during recent months. SMMT’s full year forecast is for 1.97 million cars to be registered during 2012 suggesting a slight slowing of demand in the second half of the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.
“International economic stability remains a concern for vehicle manufacturers and the UK market, but intense competition and new fuel efficient products are creating great opportunities for motorists.”
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