Ford Focus and Fiesta boost car sales

The best-selling car of the year so far, the Ford Fiesta, continued to outsell the second place Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf in third, according to the figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Total February sales of the Fiesta reached 3,236, two hundred more than the Focus and nearly 700 more than the Volkswagen Golf in third place.

Vauxhall had two cars in the top five, with the British-built Astra outselling the Corsa by over 150 units.

The Hyundai i10, Volkswagen Polo, BMW 3-Series, Kia Picanto and Peugeot 207 completed the top ten sellers in February.

Over 68,000 new cars were registered in February, providing further evidence of the success of the Government scrappage scheme.

The scrappage scheme was responsible for nearly a fifth of new car sales in February, fuelling fears of a market decline once the scheme comes to a conclusion at the end of March.

After eight months of steady growth driven by the Government scrappage scheme, the car industry is now entering a critical period.

Several manufacturers, including Vauxhall, are offering swappage schemes and other offers to keep sales rising.

However, with a general election due and uncertainty over the budget announcement in March, the number of registrations in 2010 is expected to decline by as much as 10 per cent, claims SMMT.