Sales figures to celebrate
Leading manufacturers have been enjoying tremendous success over the past few weeks, according to the latest sales figures.
Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: "Car sales are continuing their positive trend in the UK and Ford sales are ahead of overall market growth with private customers driving up our share of more profitable retail sales. Ford's best-ever model range is at the heart of this success, which was underlined in July with every nameplate, from Ka through to Galaxy, increasing sales compared with July 2012."
Ford's share of car sales increased by 2.8 per cent to 15.8 per cent in July, compared with July 2012, and its retail car sales share for the month was up 2.7 per cent at 13.8 per cent.
Ford Fiesta was the UK best-seller in July, increasing its market share by 0.4 per cent to 5.7 per cent, compared with July 2012. Sales of the new Ford Fiesta ST are exceeding expectations with more than 3,000 orders placed since the end of March, double the projected target.
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Sales success across the Ford model range saw the Ford Ka, Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX and Kuga all increase sales and share in July and for the year to date, compared with the same periods in 2012.
Likewise, Kia's UK success story continued in July with a new all-time record sales performance for the month with 6,027 vehicles delivered to customers – a 3.72 per cent share of an increased new car market. Paul Philpott, president and chief executive of Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said: "We have set new sales records almost every month this year and clearly our excellent dealer network and our line-up of stylish, high quality cars, backed by the best warranty in the business, is a strong attraction as the new car market continues to show the way out of the recession."
Leading Kia's performance was the Sportage with 1,707 customers taking delivery during July with the all new cee'd in second place with 1,365 sales. These two models also took the top two positions in the year to date on the sales charts with 12,433 and 8,743 sales respectively. Picanto, Rio and Venga completed Kia's Top Five with sales in July of 998, 807 and 555 units respectively.