Best-selling cars

The best-selling cars in the UK for March 2018

Murray Scullion
Apr 6, 2018

Take a flick through the gallery above to look at the top 10, and how many they sold.

The figures for March’s car sales have been revealed - and the well loved Ford Fiesta has retained its usual top spot.

However, what is genuinely shocking, is the triumphant return of the Vauxhall Corsa. The Corsa has been a constant runner up to the Fiesta, however in February, things took a real turn when it dropped out of the top 10 best selling cars for that month. And to return in at fourth spot is really something, too.

Second place is the Volkswagen Golf, which remains the epitome of the safe-and-steady hatchback. The fall in diesel demand continues, down -37.2 per cent compared to same month last year - although clearly even with the dieselgate scandal, the general public are still willing to spend on VW products.

The British-built Nissan Qashqai comes in at third place - people can’t seem to get enough of the founding father of the crossover game.

The biggest losers from February to March are the BMW 3-Series and Vauxhall Mokka X - both of which dropped out of the list.

Overall figures in March show a distinct drop in sales year on year. Compared to March 2017, sales were down 15.7 per cent, although this can in some way be attributed to bumper new car sales in March 2017 as people were looking to beat the then-new road tax system.

Registrations of plug-in and hybrid vehicles continued to rise, albeit modestly, up 5.7 per cent, with demand for plug-in hybrids driving growth, up 18.2 per cent for the month.

The findings were released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Its Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said: ‘March’s decline is not unexpected given the huge surge in registrations in the same month last year. Despite this, the market itself is relatively high with the underlying factors in terms of consumer choice, finance availability and cost of ownership all highly competitive. Consumer and business confidence, however, has taken a knock in recent months and a thriving new car market is essential to the overall health of our economy.

‘This means creating the right economic conditions for all types of consumers to have the confidence to buy new vehicles. All technologies, regardless of fuel type, have a role to play in helping improve air quality whilst meeting our climate change targets, so government must do more to encourage consumers to buy new vehicles rather than hang onto their older, more polluting vehicles.’


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