Top 10 best-selling cars
After last month's record-breaking antics, there was no way that April would match March's new car sales record. March and September are always the big-selling months, thanks to the introduction of the new registration plate. This is why it's no surprise that April saw a significant reduction in new car sales compared to March.
In all, 189,505 new cars were registered in the UK, compared to March's 518,707 new registrations. That said, if we compare to the same month in 2015, there's a slight increase in new car registrations, from 185,778 last year, to 189,505 in 2016. This represents a 2% increase year on year. However, this has been driven in the most part by a 6.1% increase in fleet sales and 2.8% increase in business sales, with private registrations dropping by 2.5%.
April also saw the reversal of the trend for more petrols being bought than diesels, although over the course of the year to date, significantly more petrol-powered cars have been bought than diesels. Alternatively-fuelled vehicle (AFV) sales are still on the up, too, with April seeing a 26.8% increase compared to the same month last year and a 24.3% increase over 2016 so far, compared to the same time period last year.
In terms of the best-selling cars, there weren’t any major surprises as to which car was the most popular in the UK in April. Once again, the Ford Fiesta topped the billing, while the Volkswagen Golf continues to defy predictions of falling sales for the brand since the diesel emissions scandal by being the second most popular new car in the country. Unsurprisingly, this is followed by some rather more predictable machinery in the shape of the Ford Focus in third place, the Nissan Qashqai fourth and the Vauxhall Astra rounding off the top five.
Volkswagen had further good news, with the Polo coming sixth, while the Vauxhall Corsa could only manage seventh (a surprise, considering it's the second biggest-selling car of the year so far, behind the Fiesta) while the Mercedes C-Class came. Rounding off April's top 10 is a second spot in the top 10 for the new Kia Sportage in ninth, which sold an enormous 17 more cars than the tenth-placed Audi A3