The new 67 plate was released this month and with the scrappage schemes and incentives being offered manufacturers are hoping we’ll all be in the market for a new car.
Car sales have slowed in 2017, and last month’s sales were the lowest August in five years. That means that there’s plenty of deals around to entice us to buy. Now is a great time to trade in for a newer, safer and perhaps greener model.
But what model to choose for your 67 plate car? We’ve looked at the stats to bring you the inside information on the most popular models…
Interestingly, in August some of us finally came around to the idea of hybrid or fully electric models. The sales of petrol hybrid models jumped 75% and electric models 63%.
While this sounds impressive actual numbers are small with 476 pure electric cars sold out of 76,000 new car sales. However, still an important step forward in the push to make us all greener.
Meanwhile there’s great incentives for going electric too, with up to £10k off the new e-Golf. The Golf is the UK’s most popular car too, so expect to see these on a road near you soon. It’s not for everyone though, as it’ll still take more than five hours to give you enough power for 124 miles. That’s barely enough for the average weekly commute in the UK, so those who clock up more miles will probably wait for the next generation of electric cars before committing.
While superminis and small family cars still hold 60% of the market, it’s interesting that the main area of growth in new car sales is in SUVs. Love or hate the Chelsea tractor, we’ll be seeing even more of them on the roads as sales are up 10%. The best-selling of these models is the Vauxhall Mokka X, which is the third most popular car overall in the UK right now. The Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai also all make the top 10 of most popular cars.
These taller cars are a hit with families, making getting kids in and out much easier as well as providing a better view of the road. The only other area of the market showing growth was also in the family car market with the sales of larger models, such as the Mazda 6 and Audi A4 growing 2%.
August’s top selling cars in the UK
- Volkswagen Golf
- Ford Fiesta
- Vauxhall Mokka X
- Ford Focus
- Volkswagen Polo
- Ford Kuga
- Vauxhall Corsa
- Kia Sportage
- Vauxhall Astra
- Nissan Qashqai