Top 10 best-selling cars
Britain's new car market grey slightly in May, compared to April, while more new cars were registered last month than in any May preceding it since 2002. In all, over 203,000 new cars were registered in the UK last month, with the majority of the growth in the new car market being driven by fleet buyers, with both private and business sales down compared to May last year.
In total, the fleet market contributed over half of last month's new car registrations, with private sales down about 3% and business sales were down by just over 20%. Also, the market for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), which include hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell and fully electric vehicle, didn’t grow as much as we’ve come to expect, with just a 12% increase. This is lower than last month – which saw a 26.8% increase year-on-year, while so far in 2016, AFV registrations have gone up by over 22%.
In terms of what makes up the most popular new cars in the UK, this hasn’t changed too much. As ever, the top 10 list is dominated by Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen, which make up six of the top 10, while one each for BMW, Nissan, MINI and Mercedes complete the list.
Unsurprisingly, the Ford Fiesta takes first place in the list, followed by the Volkswagen Golf in second, the ever-popular Ford Focus in third (less than 100 behind the Golf, actually) and the Vauxhall Corsa in fourth place. The Nissan Qashqai completes the top five, while the Vauxhall Astra took sixth place. Seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places meanwhile, were taken by the Volkswagen Polo, MINI hatchback, Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3 Series respectively.
Last month, petrol cars were slightly less popular than diesel cars (although not by much), while in 2016 so far, petrol still has a slight lead over diesel in terms of the most popular fuel. Obviously, AFVs are still a long way behind both of these, with just a 3.2% market share (although this is growing quickly).
Read on to discover our verdict on the UK's most popular and biggest-selling new cars.