Ford, Vauxhall cars UK’s most popular

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has revealed the four best-sellers of the year so far have once again topped the sales chart in August.

The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling car of August 2010 with 2,660 sales. In second place, 1,926 Ford Focus’ were sold – just 20 more than the Vauxhall Astra in third. In fourth place was the Vauxhall Corsa supermini with 1,629 units sold.

Despite failing to topple Ford, Vauxhall was the only manufacturer to feature three models in the top ten best-sellers in August after the Insignia finished eighth in the best-sellers list.

The August results mirror those of the year as a whole, with the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus remaining in first and second place with 66,863 and 54,448 new registrations respectively.

The popularity of the Ford Focus is expected to continue after Ford reveals the all-new Ford Focus at the Paris Motor Show on 30 September. The latest generation is currently undergoing worldwide testing in various extreme conditions before its launch.

Meanwhile, the Peugeot 207 remains in the top ten best-sellers so far in 2010 not being one of the ten best-sellers in August.

With the market as while 13.2 per cent up on 2009, the SMMT has revealed sales of superminis and smaller family cars are the main factor behind the industry’s growth.

However, sales to fleet customers increased dramatically and the proportion of fleet sales rose from 43.5 per cent in August 2009 to 57 per cent in August 2010 while the proportion of private sales decreased by 13 per cent in the same period.

Sales of cars are expected to increase slightly in September with the introduction of the new ’60’ registration plates, but the SMMT predicts the market will decline towards the end of the year.