LONDON Aug 6 British car sales rose by an
annual 12.7 percent to more than 162,000 in July, prompting the
industry's trade body to revise up its forecasts for total car
sales in 2013.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that it
expected 2.216 million cars to be sold in 2013, 8.4 percent more
than in 2012.
"Strong business and consumer confidence in July saw the new
car market continue to rise," said Mike Baunton, the SMMT's
interim chief executive. "Recently, we've seen a range of
economic indicators point to improving conditions and our raised
sales forecast emphasises how positively we view the rest of
Sales for the year to date total 1.325 million, 10.3 percent
more than at the same point in 2012.
Ford's Fiesta supermini and mid-sized Focus were the
two top-selling models in July, followed by General Motors'
Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen's Golf.