05 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Polo stays in UK car sales chart: seventh best-seller during October 2015

2015 Volkswagen Polo R-Line

Despite reports that Volkswagen sales fell by 10 per cent in the UK last month when compared to the same period last year due to the ‘dieselgate’ emissions issue, the Polo is still in the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars list, sitting in seventh.

According to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today, 3233 Polos found new homes during October 2015, boosting the car’s overall top 10 best-sellers position for the year so far to sixth.

New car registrations down
Overall, UK new car registrations were down 1.1 per cent last month to 177,644 units, after a record 43 months of growth. The year-to-date figures are up 6.4 per cent, though, with 2,274,550 vehicles registered. Both diesel and petrol engines remained steady through October, though slightly more petrol vehicles than diesel were registered (1,117,306 vs 1,095,601 respectively).

With 8577 examples registered, the Ford Fiesta once again reigned supreme at the top of the October 2015 chart, with the 5061-selling Vauxhall Corsa in second. Another VW, the Golf, finished third (actually up one place from September), with 5,057 cars driven off the forecourts, despite the barrage of publicity and ongoing ‘dieselgate’ issue.

The UK’s top 10 best-selling passenger cars during October 2015 and the year so far (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 8577 (116,631, 1st)
2 Vauxhall Corsa: 5061 (77,896, 2nd)
3 Volkswagen Golf: 5057 (64,257, 4th)
4 Ford Focus: 4913 (73,966, 3rd)
5 Nissan Qashqai: 4544 (54,259, 5th)
6 Audi A3: 3884 (42,137, 8th)
7 Volkswagen Polo: 3233 (48,770, 6th)

8 Nissan Juke: 3155
9 BMW 1 Series: 2944
10 BMW 3 Series: 2805

(The 2015 top 10 best-selling cars absent from last month’s sales figures are the seventh-placed Vauxhall Astra, the ninth-placed Mini and the Mercedes-Benz C Class in tenth place with 45,487, 38,241 and 37,748 cars sold respectively.)

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