December 2012 Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In The United Kingdom


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The rankings of the ten most frequently registered cars in the United Kingdom were quite a bit different in December 2012 than in the prior month. 

The usual best seller, Ford’s Fiesta, was not the best-selling car for the second consecutive month, and in fact, dropped all the way to third spot as registrations dipped 8% compared to December of last year.

This enabled not only the Ford Focus, but Vauxhall’s Astra, to overtake the Fiesta in December. Ford reported a 30% increase in Focus registrations. Year-to-date, the growth achieved by the Focus, Astra, and Volkswagen Golf was well below the industry’s 5% improvement. Indeed, Golf sales dipped 2%.

GoodCarBadCar.net has also posted the 2012 year end best-selling cars list for the United Kingdom. Many of these cars remain, but the most British among them does not.

Rank
Best-Selling Car
December 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
#1
Ford Focus
5265 + 30.1% 83,115 + 1.6%
#2
Vauxhall Astra
5112 + 5.3% 63,023 + 0.7%
#3
Ford Fiesta
4977 – 8.0% 109,265 + 13.7%
#4
Vauxhall Corsa
4510 – 14.2% 89,434 + 15.0%
#5
BMW 1-Series
3196 n/a 34,488 n/a
#6
BMW 3-Series
3181 n/a 44,521 + 4.8%
#7
Mini
3143 + 16.1% n/a n/a
#8
Nissan Qashqai
2840 + 10.1% 45,675 + 15.9%
#9
Volkswagen Golf
2556 – 36.6% 62,021 – 2.1%
#10
Volkswagen Polo
2500 – 8.8% 41,901 – 8.9%

Source: Manufacturers & SMMT
Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales 
* Mini refers to all non-Countryman Minis

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