The ubiquitous Ford Fiesta remained Britain’s best-selling car once again with almost 96,000 examples finding new owners, over 30,000 units clear of the (surprise) number two car, the Volkswagen Golf at 64,829 examples. The Golf’s second position comes as a surprise, surpassing Ford Focus sales in the same segment for the first time (the Focus slipping down to fifth as the third-generation was phased out and the fourth-generation introduced), with VW’s image clearly unscathed by the much-publicised ‘diesel gate’ scandal, the ramifications of which have now impacted on the entire motor industry and diesel market globally.
Vauxhall’s Corsa achieved an impressive third position at 53,000 cars, with the Nissan Qashqai fourth, Focus fifth, VW Polo sixth, MINI seventh, followed by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage. By new car segment SUVs, crossovers and ‘prestige’ saloons all saw growth, with other sectors falling; the once-mainstream mass-market brands (Ford, Vauxhall, Nissan, etc.) suffering drops.