Fiesta tops March’s new car registration figures

Time 8:06 am, April 4, 2014

69951for-New Ford Fiesta powered by the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engineTHE Ford Fiesta retained its place as the UK’s best-selling new car in March, according to the latest SMMT figures, released today. And as well as topping the list for the month, it’s the most popular car of the year so far.

Ford’s supermini led the way in March with 25,753 registrations while its bigger brother Focus came second with 16,860 units.

The Vauxhall Corsa held strong in third place, recording a total of 16,231registrations. This was around 600 units fewer than the Focus but significantly in front of the fourth-placed car, the Volkswagen Golf (13,142).

In fifth position was Vauxhall’s Astra with 11,359 units while Nissan’s Qashqai was sixth (8,858). The Volkswagen Polo and Fiat 500 took seventh and eighth places with 8,306 and 8,136 units respectively.

Making up the top 10 were the BMW 3 Series, in ninth place with 7,782 cars registered during March, and the Toyota Yaris, in tenth position (7,438).

The figures for the year-to-date reflect just how far ahead the Ford Fiesta is, with 39,240 registrations to its name so far in 2014.

In fact the top five in the year-to-date stats reflect the sales for the month of March with the Focus in second with 24,759 units, Corsa in third with 23,839 units, Golf in fourth with 19,160 and the Astra in fifth with 17,465.

Running down the rest of the year-to-date top 10 from sixth place onwards, the SMMT lists the VW Polo (13,631); Nissan Qashqai (12,937); Fiat 500 (11,685 units); Audi A3 (11,583); and BMW 3 Series (11,027).

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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