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Top 10: Best-selling cars in July 2016

The new car market stabilised in July 2016, following a strong first quarter. Overall new car registrations were up just 0.1 per cent versus July 2015. Importantly, private registrations were down 6.1 per cent - possibly because of post-Brexit financial concerns.

Fleet registrations were up by five per cent - but since fleet operators work to a schedule and plan in advance it's too soon to see any Brexit impact on them yet. 

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “After a healthy start to 2016 and record registrations in 2015 the market is showing signs of cooling. The automotive market is a vital part of the British economy and it’s important government delivers the economic conditions which instil business and consumer confidence.”

Click through the gallery below to see the 10 best-selling cars from July. 

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Ford Fiesta – 7990 registered

Yet again, the Ford Fiesta was the most popular car in July 2016, like it has been more or less every month for the past few years. Good deals, a wide range of engines and a strong reputation contribute to its continued success. A new Fiesta is due in the next year or so – it’ll be interesting to see if Ford can maintain its momentum with the new model.

Read our Fiesta review


   on 8 August 2016

I've had my Fiesta Ecoboost 140 for 6 months and have covered 5000 kms, this is my second one, the previous one being the Ecoboost 125 in which I covered 35000 trouble free kms? The car is everythingn you say, even if it is a little thirsty. I can't better 6 litres/100kms, not quite 50mpg in mixed driving, even on 98 Octane. No Shell garages in my area, rural South
West France.
Ford certainly deserve the awards for the engine, it is as smooth as my 911 (stolen) and actually sounds not unlike one, half a flat 6 perhaps?
Thanks for an interesting column, much better than Top Gear!!


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