A recent report revealed the top 10 bestselling cars in the UK for 2018, read our article to find out if your car made the list.
The market for new cars in the UK shrank by 7% in 2018, with potential buyers keeping their cars for longer instead of upgrading to a newer model, according to new figures. Some brands had big sales slumps, and all but ten manufacturers’ sales reduced compared to the previous year.
2.37 million cars were registered in 2018, according to the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Retail sales fell by 6.4%, and fleet sales fell even more, with a 7.3% reduction.
Fears over Brexit and the economy have weakened consumer confidence, and the confusion over diesel has further reduced car sales - diesel vehicle sales have collapsed, reducing by a further 30%. Bucking the trend, sales of hybrids, plug-ins and electric cars grew by 21% - now 1 in 20 new registrations are for a car with at least a partially electric power train.
Current predictions suggest 2019 will be a relatively steady year for new-car sales, with a 2% decline. However, it is feared that it could reduce even further if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
The UK's bestselling car in 2018 remains the Ford Fiesta, with all the usual names scattered across the top 10 . Three of the top ten are crossovers (Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Kia Sportage) and premium cars such as the Mini and Mercedes-Benz A-Class are growing in popularity.
Ford Fiesta 95,892
VW Golf 64,829
Vauxhall Corsa 52,915
Nissan Qashqai 50,546
Ford Focus 50,492
VW Polo 45,149
Mercedes A-Class 43,527
Ford Kuga 40,398
Kia Sportage 35,567