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Car sales up - and increase in UK for 42nd month running

The Ford Fiesta was the top-seller in Northern Ireland during August
Gary McDonald, Business Editor

NEW car registrations rose by more than 2 per cent in Northern Ireland last month as sales in the UK as a whole were up for the 42nd month in a row.

A total of 3,924 new cars were sold in the north in August, an increase of 2.1 per cent on the same month last year, driven by finance deals.

It means registrations for the year so are virtually exactly were they were 12 month earlier at 41,559 now against 41,608 this time in 2014, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Ford models were the biggest seller in Northern Ireland, with the Fiesta, Focus and Kuga filling three of the top five places in the registrations table.

In the UK overall, gains were made across all sectors compared to August 2014, with registrations up in the private (7.2 per cent), business (12.1 per cent) and fleet markets (11.8 per cent).

The popularity of alternatively-fuelled vehicles grew 52.3 per cent year-on-year, maintaining a steady 2.4 per cent share of the overall market.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "August's strong performance has again been driven by attractive finance deals and a diverse range of technologically advanced models.

"The UK's budget-conscious buyers are taking advantage of low regular monthly payments that provide certainty and affordability. With September's new 65-plate now in full swing, we expect UK showrooms to be as busy as ever."

Top 10 new car registrations in Northern Ireland in August were:

1 Ford Fiesta

2 Volkswagen Golf

3 Volkswagen Polo

4 Ford Focus

5 Ford Kuga

6 Vauxhall Mokka

7 Suzuki Celerio

8 Vauxhall Astra

9 Vauxhall Insignia

10 Seat Ibiza

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