UK Car Sales up by 5.3 per cent in 2012

2012 was a good year for most carmakers. New cars sales were up 5.3 per cent in 2012, when compared to 2011. New car registrations rose to 2.04 million units, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, making it the highest since 2008.

Before the recession back in 2007 new car sales reached 2.4 million units.

The best selling car was Ford Fiesta, with total sales of 109,265, followed by Vauxhall Corsa with sales of 89,434. Third was Ford Focus with 83,115 models delivered.

All big carmakers posted record sales, though there were also some exceptions. It was not the best year for Lotus, who managed to sell just 137 cars in 2012, compared to 329 cars sold in 2011.

Top 10 best selling models in 2012:

1. Ford Fiesta 109,265
2. Vauxhall Corsa 89,434
3. Ford Focus 83,115
4. Vauxhall Astra 63,023
5. Volkswagen Golf 62,021
6. Nissan Qashqai 45,675
7. BMW 3 Series 44,521
8. Volkswagen Polo 41,901
9. Mercedes C-Class37,261
10. BMW 1 Series 34,488


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