New car sales continue to rise

More people are buying new cars, with sales continuing to surge for the 11th straight month, figures have shown.

Records reveal a 13.5% rise compared with May last year, but the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggested the figures - boosted by the car scrappage scheme last year - could fall slightly this year compared with 2009.

A total of 153,095 new vehicles were registered in the UK last month compared with 134,858 in May last year, when the scrappage scheme - now stopped - was introduced to push up sales.

The number of new cars sold during January-May 2010 stood at 913,436 - up 22% from the first five months of last year.

But the SMMT is expecting a "modest decline" in new car registrations in the second half of this year.

The best-selling model was the Ford Focus, which pushed the Ford Fiesta out of the top spot for the first time this year.

The top 10 in May were the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Golf, BMW 3 Series, Volkswagen Polo, Mini, Nissan Qashqai and A3.

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