Ford Fiesta retains UK sales crown

Over 43,800 Ford cars have been registered as part of the scrappage scheme, more than Nissan, Skoda and Hyundai combined.

Nearly 60 per cent of the 380,000 cars registered through the scrappage scheme were superminis, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

This has boosted sales of the Ford Fiesta throughout the scrappage scheme and made it the best-selling car in the UK in 2010.

In a double victory for the manufacturer, the second biggest-selling car in 2010 is another Ford model, the Focus.

Sales of Ford’s van range have also increased during the scrappage scheme. Ford sold the most vans out of any UK manufacturer during the scheme and as a result the Transit and Fiesta vans have increased market shares by 25.4 and 8.6 per cent respectively.

Ford plans to build on the success of the scrappage scheme with special offers including lower prices for the newly introduced S-Max, Galaxy and Mondeo models.

Ford is currently developing electric and hybrid versions of some of its most successful cars, including the Focus, Mondeo Transit ranges. The electric Focus is expected to be released in 2012.