14 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Polo stays in the UK’s best-selling cars for the fourth consecutive month

The latest UK car sales figures have been released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers an Traders (SMMT) and the Polo remains well-regarded with UK buyers. Although still selling half of the UK’s favourite car of the year so far, the Ford Fiesta, the Polo rose to sixth place from ninth in the March best-sellers list. The bigger Volkswagen Golf was one place above the Polo in fifth, rounding off an encouraging month not only for the German company, but also for the UK motor industry as a whole.

New car registrations rose 11.5% in April to 148,793, a tenth successive monthly increase with volumes up on a weak 2009, with scrappage accounting for just 8.0% of the April market. ‘April was another good month for the UK motor industry with private buyers responding positively, despite the end of the scrappage scheme. There are still difficult months ahead, but the strong start to 2010 has led SMMT to increase its annual forecast to 1.924 million units,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

When looking at its competitors, the Polo pipped the Peugeot 207 to the April sales winning post, ahead by almost 500 units, a reversal of fortunes when compared to March 2010’s figures. The Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa still sold more, but the small GM model was only two places ahead of the baby Volkswagen. The SMMT have also released top 10 year-to-date sales figures for 2010, and reflecting the pattern set for April, the Polo comes in sixth, selling 18,840 units. The Fiesta won out again, though, striding the top of the charts with a colossal 42,610 units, 8000 more than its bigger Focus brother.

The UK’s top 10 best-selling cars for April 2010 and the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 6808 units (42,610, 1st)
2 Vauxhall Astra: 6440 units (29,365, 3rd)
3 Ford Focus: 6279 units (34,256, 2nd)
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 5945 units (29,212, 4th)
5 Volkswagen Golf: 5828 units (22,778, 5th)
6 Volkswagen Polo: 3653 units (18,840, 6th)
7 Audi A3: 3400 units (13,343, 10th)
8 Peugeot 207: 3152 units (17,353, 7th)
9 Mini: 2869 units (13,896, 9th)
10 BMW 3 Series: 2802 units

(The sole year-to-date best-seller which was absent from April’s sales figures was the Renault Clio, selling 14,653 units so far in 2010, putting it in 8th place.)

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