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Top 10 best-selling cars of the year… so far!

Top 10 best-selling cars of the year… so far!

We’re already more than a third of the way through 2016… not good news for those of us who have found our New Year’s resolutions hitting the bunkers.  

But great news for car manufacturers. Already, signs are showing that 2016 is going to be a bumper year for new car registrations, even more so than 2015… which was the biggest year on record for new car sales with 2.63 million new cars arriving on Britain’s roads.

So far this year, new car registrations are up 5.1% in the first 3 months… and there’s still some great new models waiting for their moment to enter stage left.

So what are the favourites so far? Well, here’s the top 10 of the most popular cars of 2016…

Coming in at number 10, the Mercedes Benz C-Class has sold a respectable 14,391 units in the first 3 months of the year. Latest news is that the Mercedes-Benz has introduced the option of four-wheel-drive across its C-Class range for the first time, along with a new C 43 flagship engine. C 200, C 220d and C 250 d derivatives of the premium German offering are all now available with 4MATIC four-wheel-drive with the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC now available to order in Saloon and Estate guise, adding to the recently introduced Coupé model.

Meanwhile, the Vauxhall Mokka has chalked up a decent 15,146 in sales units, securing it the ninth position in the most popular cars of the year so far. Earlier this year saw Vauxhall introduce the new ‘X’ brand for all future SUVs and crossovers, with a freshly facelifted Mokka X leading the way with a new engine choice, a bold new design and Vauxhall’s OnStar connectivity system. Vauxhall claims OnStar makes the Mokka X the best-connected car in the compact SUV market, and with a new look (penned by a British designer) and new engines, it could just be a winner in other areas, too. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Vauxhall Mokka X will go on sale later this year.

Sales of 16,196 units has secured the Audi A3 8th place in the league. This month sees the launch of a more sharply styled Audi A3, featuring new engines and accommodating the latest driver assistance and infotainment advances. The first three-door, five-door Sportback, Saloon and Cabriolet versions, headed by their respective S3 flagships, will arrive with UK customers from late summer. The plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback e-tron with its 176mpg capability and 37g/km CO2 output will also make its debut in updated form later this year.

Seventh in the popularity stakes is the ever-popular Vauxhall Astra with 18,896 sale units in the first three months of the year. The new Vauxhall Astra is right up there with the very best in the small family hatchback class, competing strongly against the VW Golf and SEAT Leon, and entirely overshadowing the Ford Focus. It was developed in the UK and it shows - it drives really nicely on our roads. It also looks great, inside and out, while there’s more space inside than in the old car, even though the new model is smaller on the outside. Efficient engines, the very latest technology and prices lower than its predecessor all add to the new Astra’s appeal.

Sixth on the list with 19,225 sales, the Volkswagen Polo continues to impress. Volkswagen's Polo has long been a reliable choice due to it's compelling combination of practicality, low running costs, and trademark quality. Admittedly, it does have its detractors. Some say it lacks the style of, let’s say, the Renault Clio. Others say it can’t compete with the Ford Fiesta on driving dynamics and fun factor. Whilst there’s some who claim it will never stand up against the Skoda Fabia when it comes to space. But as an overall package, it’s a tough act to follow.

 And now the top 5! The Nissan Qashqai’s position at 5 with 23,140 sales is testament to the Brit’s growing affection for jacked up cross-over SUVs. And Qashqai is the nameplate you’ll see more than others. Word is out that the next generation of Nissan's Qashqai will include a luxurious Tekna+ model inspired by the Qashqai Premium concept car. A new range-topping version of the Nissan Qashqai, dubbed the Tekna+, will form part of the next-generation model range when it goes on sale in 2017/18. The Qashqai Tekna+ will come with a price tag of more than £30,000, pushing Britain’s best-selling crossover into new competition with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

At number 4 with 25,073 units, the Volkswagen Golf  does not seem to have been overly impacted by Dieselgate.  Volkswagen sales actually grew in 2015 with a 4.1% boost in new registrations. The Golf remains one of the nation’s most loved cars not least because it’s deemed stylish, practical, fun to drive, and cheap to run.

 And in the top 3… the Ford Focus continues hold its own with 26,218 sales. And if you want one, you’ll have to be sharp about it.  It’s the sort of problem car manufacturers like to have. Ford is being swamped by buyers for the new Focus RS and the UK allocation is running out fast. The UK is scheduled to get 4000 cars but 3500 have already been allocated, so if you want one – hop to it. Ford say they’re not aiming on bringing in any more after the 4000 are sold, but will review the situation when they’re all gone. Envy the USA, where Ford has already sold 10,000 of the hot hatch. This is the first time the Focus RS has been available around the world, and it’s having an effect on UK allocation. Previously we have been the biggest market for the Focus RS models.

At 2 with 28,639 unit sales, the Vauxhall Corsa proves that Britain’s love for superminis is far from sated. One in three cars sold is a supermini. And with the kind of value for money motoring that the Vauxhall Corsa promises, it’s no wonder this supermini sits at number 2 in the popularity table.  

Drumroll please!

Reining supreme at Number 1, the ever popular Ford Fiesta has secured 44,240 units in the first three months of the year and continues to dominate UK sales with consummate ease. For every two Corsas sold in 2016, Ford has sold three Fiestas, and the 23,467 Fiestas shifted in March alone almost outstripped the 24,579 Corsa sold in the first three months of 2016.

With such untouchable superiority, the Fiesta party shows no sign of stopping just yet.

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