2015 was the biggest year on record for new car sales with 2.63 million new cars hitting British roads.
However, this year could see the record broken, with the first six months of 2016 seeing 3.2% more new registrations than in the same period in 2015.
Now we’re into October, we’ve had a look at which models are the most popular. So, without further ado…
Built in Sunderland, Nissan’s mid-size SUV launched an audacious assault on the top five at the start of the year with bustling demand propelling it from tenth in December to second in January and February, before settling to fifth in March.
The Qashqai’s lofty placing shouldn’t be a surprise though. Brits’ growing affection for SUVs is well documented as our love for superminis is now transferring to jacked-up crossover SUVs.
It has reached a point that you can’t turn a corner without seeing an SUV of some sort, and the Qashqai is the nameplate you’ll see more than others, mainly because it’s brilliant
The Dieselgate dust has settled, and we’re finally seeing how the whole scandal has rattled VW’s popularity. If the Golf is anything to go by, the answer is ‘not very much’.
Volkswagen sales actually increased in 2015 with a +4.1% registrations boost, and the Golf remains one of the nation’s most sought-after cars. Proof if you ever needed it that there will always be demand for a car that combines quality, economy and understated style.
Edging ahead of its German nemesis by over 2,000 units, the Focus captures everything British families want from their hatchback, but does it better than the Golf, if that’s how you want to interpret its loftier sales.
Britain’s fondness for superminis seems far from over. One in three cars sold is a supermini, and thanks to attractive personal leases that are priced from around £100 per month, it’s no wonder that Vauxhall’s Corsa endures as a consistent seller.
The unshakably popular Fiesta continues to dominate UK sales with consummate ease. For every two Corsas sold in 2016, Ford has sold three Fiestas. For example, the 23,467 Fiestas shifted in March alone almost outstripped the 24,579 Corsa sold in the first three months of 2016.
With such untouchable superiority, the Fiesta party shows no sign of stopping just yet and, with over 30,000 units standing between it and its nearest rival, it is set to continue well into the future.
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