16 March 2004

Britain's real best-selling cars are revealed for the first time in this week's Autocar, out today.

We've seen evidence detailing what private punters really spend their money on - and it paints a very different picture to the official top ten.

One in two cars sold in the UK is a company vehicle, bought with one eye on discounts, residuals and running costs, rather than on the strength of quality, desirability or polished performance. Strip away these corporate sales and you are left with the cars that real people buy.

Our results make eye-popping reading. Every car in the retail top ten is a supermini or a city car, revealing our tendency to downsize. Among the biggest winners are the Renault Clio and Peugeot 206, which both jump into the top three. The most noticable losers, on the other hand, are the fleet-special Vauxhall Vectra (pictured right), which doesn't even feature in the retail sales top 40, and the Ford Focus, which is deposed at number one.

For the specifics, read the full investigation in this week's Autocar

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