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Car sales surge above 2m

More than two million new cars were sold in the UK last year, an increase of 5.3% on 2011 and the highest since 2008, new figures have showed.

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Ford Fiesta tops car sales in 2012

The most popular models bought in 2012 were:

  • The Ford Fiesta more than 109,000 models
  • The Vauxhall Corsa (89,434)
  • Ford Focus (83,115)
  • Vauxhall Astra (63,023)

Last year's healthy sales figures followed a 12.9% increase in private demand for new cars.

Despite the strong performance of the motor industry, the new car market was 14.9% below the pre-recession level of 2.4 million sales in 2007.

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