Top 10 best-selling cars
Don’t think that the most popular new cars in Britain are all cheap and cheerful runabouts. Thanks to a blend of cheap finance deals, deposit contributions and all manner of other new car incentives, upmarket models rub shoulders with more common-or-garden cars.
The new car market as a whole is in rude health. Last month was the best January for new car registrations, the measure of new car sales and lease deals, since 2005. Importantly for the health of the new car market, registrations to private individuals (opposed to companies) have reached the highest level since 2004.
Sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles climbed too. Registrations increased by 32% to take a record 3.6% of the total new car market. Petrol hybrids grew most in popularity, with a 44% increase, followed by plug-in hybrids (up 32%) and pure electric cars (14.1%).
Perhaps as a result of the ongoing Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, diesel car registrations only grew by 0.6%, compared to petrol cars which grew by 3.7%.
As ever, the Ford Fiesta is king of the British new car market. Ford shifted more than 124,000 last year, and has added a further 8,300 to that in January alone.
Keep reading for a run down of the country's best-selling cars of 2015.