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Vauxhall Corsa is top of the pops

Vauxhall Corsa

The all-new Corsa was the best-selling new car in September, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 10,553 new Corsas hit the road in September with the new 70-plate registration – the third month this year the supermini has achieved …

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Why drivers put the brakes on going electric

Electric car charging bays - motorway services

New research has revealed the biggest three factors holding buyers back from switching to electric cars. Higher purchase prices (52%), lack of local charging points (44%) and fear of being caught short on longer journeys (38%) were the top reasons, according to the research by The Society of Motor Manufacturers …

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Car showrooms back in business from June 1

Suzuki Crown dealership

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that car showrooms in England will be allowed to open from June 1 in the latest move to ease the coronavirus lockdown. The finer detail is yet to be confirmed, but it’s thought that car retailers will be expected to follow the lead of …

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UK’s Top 10 most popular new cars

The Ford Fiesta was toppled from its traditional top spot as Britain’s best-selling new car by the Volkswagen Golf during February, according to the latest official figures. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported that 3,457 Golfs were registered compared to 3,123 Fiestas. In all, 79,594 new cars …

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UK’s Top 10 most popular used cars

Ford Fiesta in white - the nation's favouite

New car sales may have dipped in 2019, but the latest official figures reveal that the used car market is buoyant. A total of 7.9 million second-hand cars change hands last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and there are no prizes for guessing which …

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UK’s favourite car colour is grey again

Kia Stinger

Grey has cemented its position as the UK’s most popular new car colour, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The number of grey cars registered in 2019 rose 5.3% to 521,273 and meant an increased market share for the colour, with …

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Britain’s best-selling cars of 2019

Ford Fiesta ST

The Ford Fiesta has been named Britain’s favourite new car for the 11th year in a row after easily topping the sales charts in 2019. Almost 78,000 new Ford Fiestas were registered last year, beating the 58,994 total of the car in second place, the Volkswagen Golf. It just pipped …

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Plug-in cars soar to record high in UK

Volkswagen and Tesco chargepoint partnership

The number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three-quarters last year, according to new data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). There are now a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles (pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) on our roads. Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled …

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UK’s most popular used cars revealed

Used car lot

Nearly eight million used cars changed hands in 2018 with the Ford Fiesta topping the sales charts. A total of 7.9 million used car sales were completed, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – a slight drop of 2.1% year-on-year. The SMMT said that 167,980 fewer …

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UK sales of greener cars accelerating

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Demand for electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars surged by 26.3% during January, according to the latest official registration figures. The data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) also continued 2018’s big trend – petrol car sales were up 7.3%, while diesels declined by 20.3%. Overall, the …

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