Low-emission cars lead UK's fresh car market in May

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The UK’s fresh car market continued to grow last month, with demand for low-emission vehicles creating a sales surge

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The UK’s fresh car market continued to grow in May, fresh figures released by the Society of Manufacturers along with Traders (SMMT) have revealed.

As well as marking the 39th consecutive month of growth from the fresh car market, the figures also show a surge from the demand for ultra-low-emission vehicles (ULEVs), including plug-in hybrids along with electric cars.

In total, more than 1.1 million vehicles have been registered from the first 5 months of the year, with 198,706 of those coming in May alone.

Most interesting, however, will be the fact of which 11,842 ultra-low-emission vehicles were registered last month, a four-fold increase on the same period last year.

The SMMT says the rise will be down to better consumer awareness of the benefits of ULEVs, as well as a wider choice. Just six ULEVs were available to choose through in 2011, compared to around 20 today.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “The remarkable growth in demand for plug-in vehicles will be supposed to continue as the range of ultra-low-emission vehicles on sale increases. Meanwhile, we anticipate a natural levelling out of the overall fresh car market throughout the remainder of 2015.”

UK’s best-selling cars in May 2015

1 – Ford Fiesta 9349 units registered

2  – Ford Focus 7355

3 – Vauxhall Corsa 6513

4 – Volkswagen Golf 5897

5 – Vauxhall Astra 4916

6 – Mini 4095

7 – Volkswagen Polo 4028

8 – Audi A3 3999

9 – Nissan Qashqai 3978

10 – Nissan Juke 3897

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