Focus top seller but superminis enjoy growth in April

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced that the Ford Focus continued to be the top selling car in April but said that the most notable trend of the month was the growing popularity of superminis.

Some 11,080 Focuses were sold in April, compared to 8,299 Vauxhall Astras, 7,408 Fiestas, 7,206 Corsas and 5,778 Volkswagen Golfs.

Supermini growth last month stood at 11.3 per cent compared to 2006, with a total of 56,089 units registered.

Across the whole car industry, a total of 170,163 units were registered in April, and year-to-date registrations now stand at 858,639, an increase of over 26,000 on last year.

Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "April has provided us with yet another boost to new car registrations, continuing the better than expected trend during the first quarter of 2007. Supermini growth of 11.3 per cent has helped to achieve this.

"Private demand rose too, but heightened speculation that further interest rate rises are on the horizon may tame this performance."

The increase in private demand was recorded at 4.9 per cent by the SMMT, placing it at its strongest point since March 2004.

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