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Britain’s best-selling new cars

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall’s all-new Corsa was the UK’s best-selling car for the second consecutive month in July.

According to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 5,455 were sold – just pipping the Ford Fiesta (5,421).

Overall, sales for diesel cars were down 25.9 per cent on July 2019, petrol was up marginally at 0.3%, pure electric cars were up by 259% and PHEVs rose by 320%.

Ford Fiesta ST

However, the Fiesta (which has been the UK’s best-selling new car for some nine years) still tops the year-to-date sales chart, with the Ford Focus in second and Corsa in third place.

The fifth generation Corsa, which is available as a fully electric, or with petrol and diesel engines, has been Vauxhall’s most popular car for many years and more than 2.1 million have been sold in the UK since it launched in 1993.

July 2020 best-selling cars

  1. Vauxhall Corsa – 5,455
  2. Ford Fiesta – 5,421
  3. Ford Focus – 4,981
  4. Volkswagen Golf – 3,936
  5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 3,922
  6. Nissan Qashqai – 2,971
  7. Volkswagen Polo – 2,932
  8. MINI – 2,906
  9. Volkswagen Tiguan – 2,880
  10. Ford Kuga – 2,686

2020 (Jan-July) best-selling cars

  1. Ford Fiesta – 26,519
  2. Ford Focus – 23,126
  3. Vauxhall Corsa – 23,101
  4. Volkswagen Golf – 21,825
  5. Nissan Qashqai – 17,777
  6. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 17,648
  7. MINI – 15,146
  8. Volkswagen Polo – 13,046
  9. Volkswagen Tiguan – 12,822
  10. Toyota Yaris – 12,676

“July’s figures are positive, with a boost from demand pent up from earlier in the year and some attractive offers meaning there are some very good deals to be had,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

“We must be cautious, however, as showrooms have only just fully reopened nationwide and there is still much uncertainty about the future.

“By the end of September we should have a clearer picture of whether or not this is a long-term trend.

“Although this month’s figures provide hope, the market remains fragile in the face of possible future spikes and localised lockdowns as well as, sadly, probable job losses across the economy.

“The next few weeks will be crucial in showing whether or not we are on the road to recovery.”

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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