British car market 'bucks trend'

British car market 'bucks trend'

The British car market is the only one of the top five in Europe to achieve growth this year, new figures suggest.

There has been a 9.6% decline in the continent's overall new car market at the start of this year compared to 2012, according to the latest analysis from JATO Dynamics.

The British market, however, grew by 11.5% over the same period in a performance marking it out from the German, French, Italian and Spanish markets.

In terms of individual car sales, the Volkswagen Golf experienced a 17.8% fall in January sales compared to last year but maintained its status as the best-selling car in Europe.

In terms of European sales the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 make up the rest of the top five.

Opel/Vauxhall, BMW and Mercedes were the only brands in the top 10 to achieve higher sales compared to January 2012.

The fast emerging brands outside the top 10 are Mazda - with a hefty 25% uplift in sales thanks to the CX-5 crossover SUV - and Dacia, which managed a notable 6% rise thanks to its launch of the second-generation Sandero hatchback and the Lodgy MPV.

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