The 10 most popular cars in the UK right now
The UK's new car market declined in June, but which cars and brands struggled to find buyers? And were there any winners?...
New car sales in the UK fell by 3.5% in June from the same month last year.
Across the first six months of the year, the fall is more pronounced at 6.3% compared with the same period in 2017 – something that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says is down to the new car market stabilising following a turbulent 2017, which saw new tax rules come into force, prompting car buyers to make a purchase early so as not to be hit by new charges.
SUVs continue to be the largest growing market, with sales jumping by more than 16% year on year in June. Small cars and city cars remain popular, too, and accounted for more than 57% of all new cars sold last month.
Diesel cars are still hit by falling demand, with sales in June down by more than 28% on June 2017's figure and the year-to-date decline at 30.2%. Diesel cars accounted for 32.6% of all new cars sold so far this year, compared with 43.8% in the first six months of 2017.
Conversely, demand for petrol cars was up by 11.4% in January-June, while sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles were up 24% – although such cars still only account for 5.5% of the market.
Click through this slideshow to see the top 10 best-selling new cars in the UK in June.