Despite the fog obscuring Tower Bridge during the Guinness World Record attempt above, a ray of sunshine fell upon the United Kingdom in 2012 as its car sales rose to their highest level since 2008. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, British new-car registrations rose to 2.04 million units last year. That represents a jump of 5.3 percent for the UK, which is Europe's second largest market.

The news wasn't nearly as warm for the others in Europe. Data released last week showed that German sales dropped to 3.08 million in 2012, a decline of 2.9 percent. Sales in France were down to 1.9 million vehicles, a decline of 14 percent, while Italy managed to move just 1.4 million units, a drop of 19.9 percent over the previous year. Spain reported just 699,589 sales, its lowest number since the industry began keeping records in 1989.

As we reported last week, sales in the United States are on a strong upswing with 14.49 million light vehicles reported sold, representing an increase of 13 percent over 2011.


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      Carlo Simongini
      • 1 Year Ago
      the Uk market is quite stable and Ford and GM are still on top. To have more deep info on brands and models, just trry this site: http://focus2move.com/item/394-united-kingdom-car-market-up-5-in-2012-vauxhall-on-top What do you think about?
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        piggybox
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        http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ford/fiesta/62190/uk-car-sales-booming Car make Total sales 2012 1. Ford Fiesta 109,265 2. Vauxhall Corsa 89,434 3. Ford Focus 83,115 4. Vauxhall Astra 63,023 5. Volkswagen Golf 62,021 6. Nissan Qashqai 45,675 7. BMW 3 Series 44,521 8. Volkswagen Polo 41,901 9. Mercedes C-Class 37,261 10. BMW 1 Series 34,488
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      And that's why you DON'T adopt the Euro.
      Leon J Williams
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah the mini, lovely German car
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful vinyl wrap job....