New car sales rise in the UK

8th September 2011

Tyre manufacturers are among those to have benefitted from the rise in new car sales in the UK over the past month.

New figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that there were 59,346 new cars registered during August, a rise of 7.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Furthermore, sales of smaller cars also increased, with sales in the mini sector up more than a third and 'supermini' vehicle sales surging 18 per cent.

"New car registrations in August rose for the first time since June 2010," said Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT.

"August represents a relatively small share of the new car market and the September new 61-plate registrations will be far more important for the UK motor industry, accounting for about 17 per cent of the full year's registrations."

The Ford Fiesta maintained its position as the best-selling car in the UK, with 3,213 sold in August. 

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