A tough December wasn’t enough to knock the Ford Fiesta off its year end throne as the United Kingdom’s best-selling car. Beaten by two Vauxhalls last month, the Fiesta was never in serious danger of not being the UK’s most popular car, even if Americans haven’t yet given the Fiesta a chance to popularize on the other side of the Atlantic.

There are two Fords among the UK’s ten best-sellers in 2010. There are also two Volkswagens, two Vauxhalls, two BMWs (really, there are), one Peugeot, and one Nissan. You won’t be surprised to learn that the two Volkswagens compete respectively with the two Fords and the two Vauxhalls. So that’s six smallish cars which combined to sell 442,494 units in the UK, or 22% of the whole UK new vehicle market.

Speaking of which, UK car sales were up 1.8% in 2010 to a still-low total of barely more than 2 million. Ford was the number one brand with 280,364 sales but the Blue Oval’s market share fell by two percentage points. Vauxhalls market share was up slightly to 12.18%. Volkswagen, the next-best-selling brand, held 8.6% of the new vehicle market in the UK. Add Audi’s total to Volkswagen and the two form a 274,483-sale juggernaut that doesn’t quite beat Ford but does handle Vauxhall easily. BMW/Mini sold 153,312 vehicles. Lotus sold 577, Aston Martin 1080, Peroduo 761, and MG 282. 

Here are the Top 10 Best-Selling Cars In The UK from 2010.

Rank
Car
2010
2009
#1
Ford Fiesta
103,013
117,296
#2
Vauxhall Astra
80,646
67,729
#3
Ford Focus
77,804
93,517
#4
Vauxhall Corsa
77,398
84,478
#5
Volkswagen Golf
58,116
57,187
#6
Volkswagen Polo
45,517
n/a
#7
Peugeot 207
42,185
48,037
#8
BMW 3-Series
42,020
39,029
#9
Mini
41,883
39,866
#10
Nissan Qashqai
39,048
25,776

*Source: MTI, SMMT

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