06 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Volkswagen Polo up one place in the top 10 best-selling UK cars chart

2012 Volkswagen Polo

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) best-selling cars for July 2012 figures have been released, and the Polo holds on to its top 10 UK placing. Selling 2863 units last month, it rises one place from June 2012, now charting at number eight. The Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa still lead the supermini field, though, with Uncle Henry’s small car also taking the number one spot. Volkswagen’s larger and evergreen hatchback the Golf is in fourth place, with 4367 units sold during the seventh month of this year. The SMMT states that registrations in July, at 143,884 units, were up 9.3% on a year ago.

New car registrations rose 9.3 per cent in July, continuing the upward trend seen during recent months. SMMT’s full year forecast is for 1.97 million cars to be registered during 2012 suggesting a slight slowing of demand in the second half of the year,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. ‘International economic stability remains a concern for vehicle manufacturers and the UK market, but intense competition and new fuel efficient products are creating great opportunities for motorists.’ The top 10 UK best-selling passenger cars in July 2012 and for the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 7533 (67,103, 1st)
2 Vauxhall Corsa: 8800 (52,956, 2nd)
3 Vauxhall Astra: 5211 (35,694, 5th)
4 Ford Focus: 4742 (48,595, 3rd)
5 Volkswagen Golf: 4367 (38,939, 4th)
6 Nissan Qashqai: 3721 (27,156, 6th)
7 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 3163 (20,780, 9th)
8 Volkswagen Polo: 2863 (25,212, 8th)
9 Audi A3: 2711
10 Vauxhall Insignia: 2591 (20,481, 10th)

(The 2012 year-to-date top 10 best-selling car absent from July’s sales figures is the BMW 3 Series selling 25,515 units in seventh place.)

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