Best selling car models in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

Leading ten car models sold in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018 (in units)

by N. Sönnichsen, last edited Jun 21, 2019
Best selling car models in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018 In 2018, Ford Fiesta was the best selling car model at 95,892 units. Currently in its seventh generation, it was first sold in 1979 and had been popular with UK consumers from the beginning. Two years after its introduction on the market, the Ford Fiesta Mk1 had already reached the peak of the most sold supermini cars. As seen in this statistic, three of the leading ten car models were produced by Ford, with the car manufacturer pushing ahead of Volkswagen, the only other manufacturer with more than one entry. In terms of car sales in the UK, by far the most profitable month for Ford was March, when the it had sold 50,257 units.
Supermini still most popular car type

This statistic shows that smaller and more compact cars still proved the most successful with customers. Superminis remain the most common car type in the country, though its popularity has been declining since 2015. Dual purpose and lower medium cars had seen the most significant growth in recent years, which is also reflected in the list of best selling cars – three entries are compact SUVs, while only two other entries are classified as supermini cars.

New car registrations in decline

Despite an increase in new car registrations following the recession, figures have been decreasing again since 2017. Uncertainty over Brexit and shortage in supply due to new emissions testing schemes were deemed responsible for this development. Forecasts suggest a continued decline in 2019, however the current political climate makes it difficult for the industry to offer conclusive predictions.
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Leading ten car models sold in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018 (in units)

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Number of units sold
Ford Fiesta95,892
Volkswagen Golf64,829
Vauxhall Corsa52,915
Nissan Qashqai50,546
Ford Focus50,492
Volkswagen Polo45,149
MINI44,904
Mercedes-Benz A Class43,527
Ford Kuga40,398
Kia Sportage35,567
Number of units sold
Ford Fiesta95,892
Volkswagen Golf64,829
Vauxhall Corsa52,915
Nissan Qashqai50,546
Ford Focus50,492
Volkswagen Polo45,149
MINI44,904
Mercedes-Benz A Class43,527
Ford Kuga40,398
Kia Sportage35,567
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by N. Sönnichsen, last edited Jun 21, 2019
In 2018, Ford Fiesta was the best selling car model at 95,892 units. Currently in its seventh generation, it was first sold in 1979 and had been popular with UK consumers from the beginning. Two years after its introduction on the market, the Ford Fiesta Mk1 had already reached the peak of the most sold supermini cars. As seen in this statistic, three of the leading ten car models were produced by Ford, with the car manufacturer pushing ahead of Volkswagen, the only other manufacturer with more than one entry. In terms of car sales in the UK, by far the most profitable month for Ford was March, when the it had sold 50,257 units.
Supermini still most popular car type

This statistic shows that smaller and more compact cars still proved the most successful with customers. Superminis remain the most common car type in the country, though its popularity has been declining since 2015. Dual purpose and lower medium cars had seen the most significant growth in recent years, which is also reflected in the list of best selling cars – three entries are compact SUVs, while only two other entries are classified as supermini cars.

New car registrations in decline

Despite an increase in new car registrations following the recession, figures have been decreasing again since 2017. Uncertainty over Brexit and shortage in supply due to new emissions testing schemes were deemed responsible for this development. Forecasts suggest a continued decline in 2019, however the current political climate makes it difficult for the industry to offer conclusive predictions.
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