UK car sales: The top figures

UK car sales: The top figures

Recent reports have announced the highest car sales for six years in the UK throughout the month of May.

Britain saw an improvement of 11% compared with 2012, the 15th successive monthly increase in the car market which last year made the UK’s $55billion (approximately £35 billion) car industry second in the EU behind Germany.

New registrations in 2013 are up 9.3% overall, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), however the main vehicle purchases are small to mid range cars with the SMMT announcing that the sales of small cars have been the strongest in 2013, experiencing a 14% rise in petrol-powered vehicles so far.

Is the small-mid range car the only necessary vehicle to purchase in this market? Or can the larger vehicles survive? With the introduction of more spacious, environmentally friendly and affordable MPVs (Multi-purpose vehicles) and 4x4s a larger vehicle could be a better investment for a larger family.

What big car could you buy?

Chrysler Grand Voyager; a lone ranger in the luxurious and spacious MPV car market this seven seated vehicle has stood at the top for many years. With the latest model showcasing more safety aspects, value for money and refined features, it is increasingly looking like a safe purchase for a large vehicle.

There are many MPVs that are grouped together competing in the same market. While they don’t offer much different in terms of design and flair they supply competitive prices through low running costs and practical space for all the family. You can choose from a range of vehicles including the Citroen Picasso, Ford S-Max, Seat Alhambra, Nissan Note and Peugeot 5008.

With the imminent arrival of the new Cherokee and Jeep 4×4 vehicles this provides another alternative for a reliable 4×4 with a lot of space and freedom to travel most places. The updated 4x4s will focus on the environment, design and technology and both vehicles have some welcome additions to please eager buyers.

The consistent surge in the UK is a welcome calm to the constant worry of recession. However, with the sales focusing on the smaller vehicle we have to be conscious of the larger car market (4x4s, MVPs) and ensure all car manufacturers revel in this vehicle boom.

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