Ford Does Well While BMW Suffers in Latest UK Car Sales Figures

So far 2013 has seen over 143,643 cars sold, which is equates to an11.5% improvement on 2012’s sales figures. Despite the common perception that diesel is the better modern day choice of engine, petrol car sales have actually increased by 3% - up from 44.7% to 47.7%, with diesel car sales dropping 3% from 53.7% to 50.7%.

A forecast from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) forecasts a slight rise in car sales for the rest of the year with more increases expected in 2014. A rise of 0.6% is expected in 2013 with a 2% increase to 2.6% expected in 2014.

Mike Baunton, Interim Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said: “The new car market posted its 11th successive month of growth with motorists attracted to forecourts by the latest models and competitive deals on offer”.

It perhaps comes of no surprise to most consumers awaiting the results that the Ford Fiesta remained at the top of the list, having out-sold the Ford Focus yet again by over two thousand units sold. However French car maker Peugeot will be happy to see the new Peugeot 208 coming in at a respectable seventh. The Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Juke also did better than expected, coming in at fifth and ninth respectively.

While some of the cars on the list are quite predictable due to the sheer amount seen on the roads, there was one shocking find – there is no mention of BMW. The popular German manufacturer never made the top ten despite it’s increased sales in 2012, while its competitor Mercedes-Benz came in tenth with the new Mercedes C-Class.

The top 10 list of the best selling cars in the UK was released in January 2013 – the results are as follows;

1 ) Ford Fiesta – 7,906

2 ) Ford Focus – 5,794

3 ) Vauxhall Astra – 5,462

4 ) Vauxhall Corsa – 5,178

5 ) Nissan Qashqai – 4,280

6 ) Volkswagen Golf – 3,335

7 ) Peugeot 208 – 2,959

8 ) Volkswagen Polo – 2,885

9 ) Nissan Juke – 2,522

10 ) Mercedes C-Class – 2,356.

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