Continuing its sales success, the Volkswagen Polo has once again been named as one of the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK. According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT) for June 2016, the Polo was the eighth most popular car in the UK, with 4930 cars finding new homes. For the year-to-date, the Polo is at number seven, with 28,000 examples registered.
A popular choice
Although it is one place below its May 2016 position, it shows that despite the basic shape of the current fifth-generation Polo being unveiled in 2009, seven years on it is still proving a popular choice. This is borne out by the evergreen VW being named as the 2016 Supermini of the Year in the recent Auto Express Awards.
The Polo’s larger brother the Golf took fourth place in both the June and year-to-date figures, while the seemingly immovable Ford Fiesta was once again at the top of the charts with 11,357 cars registered last month and a staggering 68,833 units for the year-to-date. As the small Ford celebrates its 40th birthday in 2016, it remains the premier and most popular choice for the UK as a whole.
Best half-year performance
Other SMMT figures point to a 3.2 per cent rise in demand for new cars between January and June 2016, with 1,420,636 registrations – the best half-year performance ever recorded. Overall demand in June fell, though, with a small 0.8 per cent dip. The UK’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars during June 2016 and the year so far (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:
1 Ford Fiesta: 11,357 (68,833, 1st)
2 Vauxhall Corsa: 8837 (42,356, 2nd)
3 Ford Focus: 6833 (37,715, 3rd)
4 Volkswagen Golf: 6775 (37,577, 4th)
5 Mini: 6284 (24,293, 8th)
6 Nissan Qashqai: 5832 (33,656, 5th)
7 Vauxhall Astra: 5628 (28,406, 6th)
8 Volkswagen Polo: 4930 (28,000, 7th)
9 Vauxhall Mokka: 4356 (22,462, 9th)
9 Mercedes-Benz C Class: 4112 (22,069, 10th)