English buyers prefer the Ford Fiesta

The Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders has revealed the most popular cars by country in the UK, and the difference highlights the differing buying habits of each country.

English buyers prefer Ford cars, with the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus topping the sales charts with 28,000 and 25,000 new cars sold respectively.

The same two cars were the most popular in Wales, but Scottish buyers prefer to buy from Vauxhall. The Corsa is the best-selling car in Scotland, well ahead of the Ford Fiesta. The Vauxhall Astra is the third most popular car in Scotland in 2011.

After revealing the top ten most popular cars for each country, the SMMT showed some interesting cars in each of the country’s charts.

For example, the Peugeot 207 and Vauxhall Insignia were popular choices in England, but failed to appear in the top ten for Wales.

Instead, Welsh buyers preferred an eclectic mix including the Citroen C3 and Renault Clio superminis as well as the Ford C-Max people carrier.

Another Renault, the Megane, appeared in the Scottish top ten cars to boost the French manufacturer’s sales in the UK.

Overall across the entire of the UK, the Ford Fiesta is the most popular car. The Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa and Vauxhall Astra make up the top four in a repeat of the 2010 sales figures.

However, new car sales in 2011 have fallen by over eight per cent as supply issues and economic uncertainty grow.

The SMMT, however, says the industry is stabilising and is expecting a strong second half to the year as more new cars are released.