Vauxhall’s revamped range a hit with buyers

The latest new car registration figures are out today, courtesy of the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders.

Usually, this means a trawl through sales figures to find out just what people in the UK want to drive at this moment in time.

However, the February results are clear in their message; drivers in the UK looking for a new car are increasingly turning to Vauxhall.

While Ford dominated in 2010, Vauxhall has enjoyed an excellent start to the year and in February, taking up five places in the top ten best-selling car.

This is a feat no manufacturer has achieved throughout 2010, and shows how popular Vauxhall cars are at the moment.

The surprise best-selling car in February 2011 was the Volkswagen Golf, but it was very closely followed by the Vauxhall Corsa by less than 100 cars.

This is even more remarkable considering an updated Vauxhall Corsa arrived on 1 March in time for the new registration plates.

Further down the list, the British-built Vauxhall Astra family car was the fifth best-selling car in February, followed by the Insignia saloon and Zafira people carrier.

The Vauxhall Zafira is the oldest car in the top ten, but perhaps the launch of the Zafira Tourer Concept car introduced in Geneva to foreshadow a next generation version, was a reminder to buyers of the immense space and clever flexible seating found in the seven seater.

The final Vauxhall car to appear in the top ten was also at the other end of the scale. The Vauxhall Meriva was new last year and sales show it has been an instant success. The small, five-seat people carrier has been designed to be compact, efficient and practical.

This includes low-CO2 engines in the form of Vauxhall’s ecoFLEX range and versatile, folding seats. The most noticeable feature, however, remains the rear-opening doors (often called suicide doors) which allow easier entry and loading in the rear seats.

In total, Vauxhall sold nearly 10,000 cars in February – nearly £1,500 more than its closest rival. With upgrades to the interior of its popular Corsa and Astra models, a new range of efficient and cheap to run engines and a selection of exciting new models arriving, this optimism within the car maker has manifested itself in interest from buyers.