New car sales rise 10.8% in June

New car registrations increased 10.8% year-on-year to 195,226 in June, indicating the 12th consecutive monthly rise, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

According to the SMMT, an increase of over 25% in fleet sales boosted registrations, taking the January-June 2010 new-car figures to 1,108,662, up 19.9% year-on-year.

Although sales were higher than the SMMT forecast, last month’s total was still 8.5% below the 1999-2009 average for June.

The SMMT said there could be a drop in sales by the end of this year as the Government's car scrappage scheme - which had boosted registrations in the second half of 2009 - is now over.

The Vauxhall Astra ousted the Ford Fiesta to become the best-selling model for the first time since February 2008. Vauxhall Corsa occupied the second position, followed by Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Nissan Qashqai.

Mini, Volkswagen Golf, BMW 3 Series, Vauxhall Insignia and Volkswagen Polo completed the top 10 list.

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