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UK’s Top 10 most popular new cars

Volkswagen Golf

The Ford Fiesta was toppled from its traditional top spot as Britain’s best-selling new car by the Volkswagen Golf during February, according to the latest official figures.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported that 3,457 Golfs were registered compared to 3,123 Fiestas.

In all, 79,594 new cars registered in the UK during February – down 2.9% year-on-year.

February is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year for new car registrations, coming as it does just ahead of the March number plate change.

With the all-new eight-generation Volkswagen Golf hitting showrooms this year, it’s clearly a good time to grab a bargain-priced example of the outgoing model.

The other big surprise in the February best-sellers list was the appearance of the BMW 5 Series in 10th spot. It’s rare for executive cars to sell in such big numbers.

UK’s Top 10 best-selling new cars

Make and model February registrations
Volkswagen Golf 3,457
Ford Fiesta 3,123
Ford Focus 2,764
Vauxhall Corsa 1,871
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1,648
Vauxhall Grandland X 1,540
Volkswagen Polo 1,451
MINI 1,339
Nissan Qashqai 1,293
BMW 5 Series 1,286

Total car registrations for February 2020. Data: The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

About Gareth Herincx

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