UK car sales saw continued growth in August

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There were concerns about the effect Brexit would have on many industries in the UK, but the nation's car industry continues to experience growth, with August figures revealing new car sales were on the rise.

However, as Auto Express reports, new car sales were carried by fleet sales, with the private sector being down for another month.

There were more than 81,600 new cars registered in August, representing an increase of 3.3% when compared to the previous year.

The total new car registrations for the first eight months of this year totalled 1.68 million, up 2.8% when compared to the same timeframe in 2015.

As a result of the finance deals and discounts offered ahead of the September plate change, fleet sales continued to carry the growth, with fleet registration increasing by 7.7%.

In fact, fleet sales accounted for more than half of all new car registrations in August, while the private sector continued to see sales fall, witnessing a decline of 0.2%.

Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are continuing to have a successful year, with nearly 54,000 AFVs registered this year, almost a third more than in 2015.

The demand for petrol vehicles was also up, increasing by 2.3%, while diesel registrations were down by 0.2%.

When it came to the UK's best-selling car, the figures revealed the Ford Fiesta remains in the top position by a large margin, with 76,370 new Fiestas registered this year. That equates to roughly 314 Fiestas being registered each day.

The Vauxhall Corsa took second place, with 50,355 registrations, while the Ford Focus was the third most popular car, with 46,156 registrations so far this year.

Did you buy a new car in August?

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