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2012 Year End Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In The United Kingdom

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The Ford Fiesta once again ended a calendar year as the best-selling car in the United Kingdom. In 2012, not only did the Fiesta post a 14% year-over-year increase in UK registrations, it overcame last year’s decline to record a 6% improvement compared to 2010.

2012 Nissan Qashqai red profile angle
Qashqai Sales Jumped 16% After
Rising 1% In 2011 And 51% In 2010

In second spot, the Vauxhall Corsa posted the second-best year-over-year increase among the ten most popular cars in the United Kingdom. The Ford Focus fell from second spot in last year’s rankings to third this year; Vauxhall’s Astra moved up from fifth to fourth; and the Volkswagen Golf did the opposite. 

Nissan’s 16% jump in Qashqai registrations was best of the bunch. The Qashqai, assembled in the north of England by workers in Sunderland, accounts for 43% of all Nissans sold in the UK. 

After trailing much of the year, the BMW brand took over from Audi as the best-selling premium brand in the United Kingdom by outselling Audi by 5389 units in December 2012. The 3-Series and 1-Series obviously played the largest roles in that event. The two small BMWs are responsible for six out of every ten BMW registrations in the UK.

These were the ten most frequently registered cars in the United Kingdom in the year 2012. These ten best-selling cars combined to account for 30% of the new vehicles sold in 2012 in the United Kingdom.

Best-Selling Car
% Change
Ford Fiesta
109,265 96,112 + 13.7%
Vauxhall Corsa
89,434 77,751 + 15.0%
Ford Focus
83,115 81,832 + 1.6%
Vauxhall Astra
63,023 62,575 + 0.7%
Volkswagen Golf
62,021 63,368 – 2.1%
Nissan Qashqai
45,675 39,406 + 15.9%
BMW 3-Series
44,521 42,471 + 4.8%
Volkswagen Polo
41,901 45,992 – 8.9%
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
37,261 n/a n/a
BMW 1-Series
34,488 n/a n/a
Source: MTI & SMMT

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