New car registrations in the UK have continued to increase for the fifth month in a row with Land Rover celebrating a sales surge of more than 60 per cent.
UK car sales overall for July were up 9.3 per cent to 143,994 units - the highest monthly figure so far in 2012, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Traders and Manufacturers (SMMT).
Land Rover’s sales were up from 2,113 in July 2011 to 3,436 - an increase of 62.61 per cent.
So far this year a total of 29,511 Land Rover vehicles have been sold in the UK, representing an increase of 33.7 per cent compared to 2011.
Jaguar’s July sales fell by just under eight per cent, the Castle Bromwich-based car maker selling 892 vehicles compared to 966 in July 2011.
But the firm’s sales overall in 2012 remain buoyant at 7,999 - an increase of 1.85 per cent compared to 2011.
Total UK car registrations over the first seven months of the year have now risen by more than 40,000 units (3.5 per cent) year on year to 1,201,564.
All fuel types showed increased volumes in July, with alternatively-fuelled registrations up by 45.9 per cent.
The latest figures mean the SMMT has revised up its full year forecast for 2012 up to 1.97 million vehicles, compared with 1.94 million in 2011.
The Ford Fiesta continued to be the best selling car in July and throughout 2012 with sales of 7,553 cars last month.
“New car registrations rose 9.3 per cent in July, continuing the upward trend seen during recent months,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
But despite the encouraging figures so far this year Mr Everitt said he expected the market to slow during the remainder of the year.
He added: “SMMT’s full year forecast is for 1.97 million cars to be registered during 2012 suggesting a slight slowing of demand in the second half of the year.
“International economic stability remains a concern for vehicle manufacturers and the UK market, but intense competition and new fuel efficient products are creating great opportunities for motorists.”