06 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Polo’s UK success continues – top 10 bestseller in January 2013

2012 Volkswagen Polo GTI (UK)

The Polo has continued its 2012 success into 2013, with an eighth place in the UK’s top 10 bestsellers, announced this morning by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). With 2885 cars sold last month, the Polo is also in eighth place for the year to date. Once again, Ford’s perennial Fiesta topped the charts, with 7906 examples sold, no doubt helped by the model’s recent refreshing. The Volkswagen Golf slipped a couple of places, as buyers anticipate the arrival of the seventh-generation model. Overall, January new car figures were up 11.5 per cent to 143,643 units, with a 15.9 per cent rise in private registrations. Growth in private and small car demand also helped petrol cars see their market share rise.

‘The new car market has started the year confidently with registrations climbing 11.5 per cent in January,’ said Mike Baunton, Interim Chief Executive, SMMT. ‘Lifted by a solid rise in private demand, the new car market posted its 11th successive month of growth with motorists attracted to forecourts by the latest models and competitive deals on offer. Building on a strong performance in 2012, SMMT has increased its market forecast – we anticipate a modest rise over the year, followed by further growth in 2014.’ The UK’s top 10 best-selling cars during January 2013 and for the year-to-date (sales figure and position in brackets) are as follows:

1 Ford Fiesta: 7906 (7906, 1st)
2 Ford Focus: 5794 (5794, 2nd)
3 Vauxhall Astra: 5462 (5462, 3rd)
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 5178 (5178, 4th)
5 Nissan Qashqai: 4280 (4280, 5th)
6 Volkswagen Golf: 3335 (3335, 6th)
7 Peugeot 208: 2959 (2959, 7th)
8 Volkswagen Polo: 2885 (2885, 8th)
9 Nissan Juke: 2522 (2522, 9th)
10 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 2356 (2356, 10th)

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