Ford Fiesta remains UK’s favourite car

The Fiesta has dominated sales in 2010, but while the likes of the Corsa, Astra and Clio fell down the list of the top ten sellers, the Ford Fiesta remained the most popular car in the UK.

It is testament to the popularity of the supermini that 22,000 more Fiestas have been sold than any other car in the UK this year.

A combination of affordable ownership, strong build quality and high equipment levels has led to the Ford Fiesta recording 6,000 sales in October and 92,000 sales so far in 2010.

However, the sales success comes as the car market dropped by 22.2 per cent in October, the fourth consecutive month of decline and the steepest since before the scrappage scheme in May 2009.

The latest figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders show car sales have slowed in the wake of the scrappage scheme.

However, it wasn’t all bad news, with Vauxhall cars finishing in three places of the top ten best-sellers. The Astra family car was the third best-selling car, while the Insignia and Corsa finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Other models in the top ten included the Ford Focus in fifth and the Renault Clio, which finished joint ninth with Mini with 2,786 sales.

The figures mean Ford and Vauxhall continue to dominate the year-to-date sales, with the Fiesta, Astra, Corsa and Focus filling the top four spots. The gap between the Focus and the Volkswagen Golf is nearly 19,000.

Sales in October were similar to last year’s totals if scrappage was excluded, highlighting the effect of the scrappage scheme on car sales in 2009.