09 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Polo gains a place in April 2011’s UK best-sellers list

The latest set of UK sales figures from the are in from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT), and the Polo’s popularity among the UK car-buying public appears undimmed. 4524 Polos found new homes in April 2011, meaning it was sixth in the monthly table – a rise of one place over March. It also sits at sixth place in the year-to-date tallies. The Ford Fiesta was once again the top seller, while Volkswagen’s Golf was runner-up in April (and the bet diesel seller), a jump of three places from March’s charts. There was yet more reason for VW to celebrate, too: the Passat slipped into the top ten at number 10, with the arrival of the new model no doubt playing a part.

New car registrations were ahead of expectations despite challenging conditions last month. The April new car market in the UK fell by 7.4% to 137,746 units. This was the 10th successive decline in volumes, although the market was 1.5% ahead of forecast and on par with the 2010 market with scrappage volumes removed. Overall, registrations over the first four months of 2011 were down 8.5% to 696,082 units. ‘New car registrations in April demonstrated continued stability in the marketplace, with demand remaining lower than in 2010, although slightly ahead of industry expectations,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. ‘The coming months will remain challenging, but we do expect to see a return to growth in the second half of the year.’ The UK’s top 10 best-selling cars for April 2011 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 6755 (34,679, 1st)
2 Volkswagen Golf: 4973 (22,074, 5th)
3 Vauxhall Astra: 4900 (22,150, 4th)
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 4888 (25,424, 3rd)
5 Ford Focus: 4843 (29,278, 2nd)
6 Volkswagen Polo: 4524 (16,738, 6th)
7 Vauxhall Insignia: 3912 (15,816, 7th)
8 Nissan Qashqai: 3738 (12,991, 9th)
9 BMW 3 Series: 3133 (13,274, 8th)
10 Volkswagen Passat: 2720

(The 2011 best-seller absent from April’s sales figures is the Peugeot 207 selling 12,188 units in 10th place.)

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