13 June 2010 ~ 1 Comment

SMMT figures show Polo as seventh best-selling car in the UK for May 2010

The Polo is still a favourite of UK buyers according to the latest set of Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures for May 2010, sitting in 7th place in the top 10 sales chart, down one place from April’s 6th (though 68 units more were sold than the previous month). It’s also ahead of rivals such as the Peugeot 207 and Renault Clio, both of which don’t feature in the May tallies at all. The bigger Golf is two places ahead at number five. Overall, UK new car registrations climbed 13.5% in May to 153,095 units, marking the eleventh successive monthly rise, preceding an expected market decline.

Volumes over the first five months of the year have risen 22.0%, with the growth reflecting the weakness of the 2009 market. However, May 2010 sales tallies are still 14.6% or 26,177 units down on the 2008 level. Full year registrations total expected to dip slightly as scrappage boost comes to an end. Ford’s Fiesta was knocked off the best selling model list for the first time this year in May, by the Ford Focus. Growth in mini and supermini cars cooled, reflective of the rate of gain in previous months.

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

1 Ford Focus: 7163 units (41,419, 2nd)
2 Vauxhall Astra: 6743 units (36,099, 3rd)
3 Ford Fiesta: 6619 units (49,229, 1st)
4 Vauxhall Corsa: 5950 units (35,162, 4th)
5 Volkswagen Golf: 4314 units (27,092, 5th)
6 BMW 3 Series: 3732 units
7 Volkswagen Polo: 3721 units (22,561, 6th)
8: Mini: 3445 units (17,341 units, 9th)
9 Nissan Qashqai: 3359 units
10 Audi A3: 3093 units (16,346, 10th)

(The 2010 year-to-date best-sellers absent from May’s sales figures were the Peugeot 207 selling 20,346 units in 7th place and the Renault Clio, with 17,454 units, putting it in 8th place overall.)

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