Clear and bright like a winter’s day in Dover Denver, Colorado, is the obvious way in which the United Kingdom’s new vehicle market bears no resemblance to the North American market. The Ford Fiesta is the UK’s best-selling car this year, as it was last year, but in the United States, the Fiesta is the 72nd-best-selling vehicle.
Need more evidence? Consider the fact that three of the nameplates on this list of the UK’s 10 best-selling cars in November aren’t even available in North America.
Ford UK also sells a three-door Fiesta but doesn’t sell the ugly Fiesta sedan. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is still available as a wagon, or rather an estate, in the United Kingdom.
All of these cars can (and regularly are) purchased with diesel powerplants. And of the seven nameplates on this list which are on sale in North America, only one is sold here with a diesel engine: the Volkswagen Golf.
Of course, the Golf, sales of which rose 5% to 5165 units in November, can be had in the UK with a 168-horsepower diesel. In North America, diesel bhp tops out at 140. The Golf is America’s 90th-best-selling vehicle, trailing the Mini, Fiat 500, Dodge Challenger, BMW X5, and Toyota Venza.
This list presents the 10 most popular cars in the United Kingdom from November 2012. Just as many of these cars posted huge year-over-year gains last month, the SMMT says the UK’s overall market posted a 11.3% increase in November and is up 5.4% to 1.9 million sales through the first eleven months of 2012.
Year To Date
YTD % Change
Source: Manufacturers, MTI & SMMT Red font indicates year-over-year declining sales * Mini refers to non-Countryman Minis. Mini UK sold 1637 Countrymans in November.