Ford UK: Ford Fiesta car model top-selling vehicle in October according to SMMT data
Ford’s popular Fiesta topped October sales figures with 5,138 new models registered in the UK, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Nissan’s popular Qashqai model was the second most purchased car in October with more than 4,000 models seized by consumers.
This was closely followed by the Volkswagen Golf which lost ground in its attempt to catch Ford for the annual overall title.
The Golf sold over 1,000 fewer models than its Ford Fiesta rivals, as just under 4,000 were shipped to customers.
At the top of the October rankings, the Ford Fiesta strengthened its advantage as the best-selling car in 2019 to date with 69,702 models registered this year.
Volkswagen’s Golf is in second place with more than 50,000 models purchased, followed by Ford’s popular Focus machine which sold 49,517 this year.
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She said: “The Ford Fiesta has been on British roads for 40 years and has always been one of the favorites.
“It continues to be a staple in the new car market because it’s a great all-rounder that’s affordable, stylish and offers best-in-class performance.”
She added that the car was still one of the most sought after vehicles in the company’s online marketplace and saw a 7% increase in traffic last year.
The Nissan Qashqai came in second in October new car sales data with a total of 4,084 models purchased.
The vehicle is one of the staples of the modern SUV market after the Japanese firm set a fairly affordable price of £ 20,000 on its latest models,
Erin Baker added, “It’s also not surprising that the Nissan Qashqai is the second best-selling car. With the relentless SUV trend on the rise, this family-friendly SUV has come a long way since its introduction to the market in 2007.
“Its combination of contemporary design, affordable running costs and functionality made the Qashqai a huge success. “
The vehicle fell from fifth place in September’s SMMT data to second best-selling vehicle, despite selling fewer cars.
Indeed, total car sales fell in October, with 143,251 new cars being sold against 343,255.
More importantly, SMMT data revealed that new car sales were down 6.7% from statistics for October 2018.
This is the eighth consecutive month of declining car sales from 2018 statistics, with SMMT officials blaming the uncertainty on the lack of progress.
Battery-electric vehicles were up 151.8% from 2018 data, as motorists switched to environmentally friendly vehicles over traditional models.
Diesel car sales were down 28.3% from October 2018, with gasoline car sales also down 3.2%.
Mike Hawes, Managing Director of SMMT, said: “The growth of alternative fuel cars is welcome, which shows the growing appetite of buyers for these new technologies. The overall market remains difficult, however, with October being the eighth month of decline of the year and in need of a boost in confidence.