Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In The United Kingdom – May 2012


2012 Vauxhall Corsa 5-door

For the first time since February 2011 the best-selling car in the United Kingdom isn’t a Ford. 15 months after the Volkswagen Golf stole the Ford Fiesta’s assumed position, the Fiesta’s most direct rival, the Vauxhall Corsa, takes over as the best-selling car in the UK. This doesn’t mean the GM car is the year-to-date leader, not by any means. The Fiesta’s lead through five months shrunk only slightly to 12,160 units.

13.3% of the new vehicles sold in Great Britain in May 2012 were General Motors products. 39% of those GM sales were Vauxhall Corsas. Another 25% were Vauxhall Corsas. Another 14% were Vauxhall Insignias. With 1430 Chevrolet sales, this means Vauxhall sold 3480 Agilas, Merivas, Zafiras, Mokkas, and Antaras.  

Volkswagen’s Golf and Polo combined to account for 59% of all VW sales. The Fiesta and Focus were responsible for 66% of Ford UK volume in May 2012. Only 31% of Fiat UK sales in May were Puntos, Pandas, Bravos, Qubos, or Doblos. Mercedes-Benz has sold 14,434 C-Class sedans, coupes, and wagons in the UK so far this year, 321 more than Fiat has managed with the 500 and 500C.

May 2012’s 10 best-selling cars in the UK have been posted below. Brand-by-brand rankings were published earlier this morning. It was a good month for auto sales across the pond, as the market grew 7.9%. That’s nearly 12,000 units. The best-selling Vauxhall Corsa alone found 3045 more buyers than it did a year ago.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
May 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Vauxhall Corsa
8413 + 56.7% 38,347 + 24.5%
#2
Ford Fiesta
8337 + 24.8% 50,507 + 18.0%
#3
Ford Focus
6983 + 7.6% 36,916 + 3.2%
#4
Volkswagen Golf
5867 + 5.9% 28,261 + 2.3%
#5
Vauxhall Astra
5433 + 8.4% 25,011 + 7.9%
#6
BMW 3-Series
3520 – 13.3% 17,205 – 0.7%
#7
Volkswagen Polo
3228 + 11.0% 18,971 – 3.4%
#8
Nissan Qashqai
3179 + 3.1% 18,660 + 16.1%
#9
Vauxhall Insignia
2949 – 30.0% 15,031 – 24.9%
#10
Fiat 500
2823 n/a 14,113 n/a

Source: Manufacturers, MTI & SMMT
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 19647 16738

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  • Anonymous

    All weak, rattle natured cars..

  • Fiatfan

    Go Fiat!