Latest data from the SMMT shows the UK car market in recovery
Darren Moss
5 December 2013

Latest figures from the SMMT show the UK car market is on track to hit its target of 2.25 million vehicle registrations in 2013.

The new car market rose by seven per cent in November, with 159,581 vehicles registered. In total, more than two million cars have been bought in 2013, an almost ten per cent rise on the 2012 full-year figure of 2,044,609.

Diesel vehicles took the majority of new car sales in November, with 83,962 units registered against 73,247 petrol vehicles. Overall, diesel cars have taken the lion's share of the market in 2013, accounting for 49.6 per cent of all new car registrations.

The continued rise of alternative fuel vehicles means that sector of the market has seen a 16.4 per cent rise this year, with 30,496 vehicles registered so far in 2013.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Motorists have bought more than two million cars so far in 2013, a tremendous success for the industry on the back of buoyant consumer confidence and innovative new products." 

"With the UK economy looking increasingly positive, we can expect strong underlying demand for new cars to continue into 2014, with volumes set to match or surpass those seen this year."

Chevrolet's new car registrations were down by 23.21 per cent in November, and down by 13.49 per cent overall. GM has confirmed it is to withdraw the Chevrolet brand from the UK in 2015.

The likes of the Ford Fiesta, Focus and Vauxhall Corsa continue to be the best-selling cars in the UK this year, but an increasing presence from the BMW 1-series, Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 308 also put those models into the top ten sellers of 2013.

UK BEST SELLERS, NOVEMBER 2013

1 Ford Fiesta - 8796

2 Ford Focus - 5298

3 Vauxhall Astra - 50777

4 Vauxhall Corsa - 4958

5 Volksagen Golf - 4074

6 Vauxhall Insignia - 3175

7 Nissan Qashqai - 3046

8 Fiat 500 - 3024

9 BMW 3-series - 2999

10 Nissan Juke - 2851

Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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5 December 2013
UK BEST SELLERS, NOVEMBER 2013 1 Ford Fiesta - 8796 2 Ford Focus - 5298 3 Vauxhall Astra - 50777 4 Vauxhall Corsa - 4958 5 Volksagen Golf - 4074 6 Vauxhall Insignia - 3175 7 Nissan Qashqai - 3046 8 Fiat 500 - 3024 9 BMW 3-series - 2999 10 Nissan Juke - 2851 Can't se the Polo there Autocar, perhaps a bit of VW bias? It hasn't been top 10 this year so how is it top 10 for 2013 now? Good to see Nissan and Fiat 500 selling well.

5 December 2013
[quote=marj]Can't see the Polo there Autocar, perhaps a bit of VW bias? It hasn't been top 10 this year so how is it top 10 for 2013 now?[/quote] A total of 39,202 Polos were registered Jan-Nov, placing it in 9th position overall for the year so far. It's only just behind the BMW 1-series and 3-series at 39,204 and 40,065 respectively. Like you though, I'm surprised by this; I can't remember the last time I saw a brand new Polo.

5 December 2013
That across the board price cut on the Astra range seems to have done the trick..... 50777 sold in November!

5 December 2013
I think you mean Peugeot 208 in yearly top ten, not the 308 - the new model of which has only been released.

5 December 2013
Is it a combination of new models coupled with hefty discounts and attractive finance deals or is there more to it than meets the eye?

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