And, as always, we’re here to talk through the success stories of July 2011 and explain why certain cars, or brands, are seriously worth considering if you’re looking for a new car.
However, it is hard to look past Ford at the moment. The ‘Blue Oval’ is on the crest of a wave in the UK (and around the world), largely down to its two most successful models, the Ford Fiesta and the new Ford Focus.
Unsurprisingly, they took up the top two places in July and the year-to-date, mainly because of the instantly trustable names, modern looks, incredibly efficient engines and low prices.
This is never more evident than in the new, equipment-packed Ford Focus. Now customers in Perrys showrooms can take advantage of technology such as Ford SYNC – a wireless phone and multimedia system – for a much lower price.
In fact, Ford has cut the entry-level price of the Ford Focus hatchback to just £14,000 under its new Studio trim, a huge reduction of £2,000 and a remarkable price for the best family car on the market.
However, there are other options for new car buyers. The Vauxhall Corsa cemented its place as the third most successful car in the UK with 5,000 sales in July, a testament to its upgrade at the beginning of the year.
With its 1.6-litre ecoFLEX engine (an engine that offers zero Vehicle Excise Duty) the Vauxhall Corsa was named the UK’s best supermini by Next Green Car Awards, but with new exterior colours and an update to the quality of materials used inside (for example, on the seats), the car is a cheap-to-run but high quality option for new car buyers.
Elsewhere, the Vauxhall Astra family car continued to sell well, but it was the Vauxhall Insignia in 6th place that impressed the most.
This is because it was the most popular diesel car in the UK in July, and with diesel cars making up more than half of all cars sold in the UK, it is a significant achievement.
Obviously, this means the Insignia is increasingly attractive as a business car, and we can see why. The Insignia also boasts ecoFLEX diesel engines, so those high company car taxes are reduced, and includes an interior not far from the so-called premium manufacturers.
In the age of downsizing, it seems the Insignia is perfectly placed to offer a solution to UK businesses up and down the country.