Top three cars in October lead the (green) way

“Vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks are working hard to offer consumers value for money through improved fuel efficiency, low running costs and innovative finance.”

These are the words of Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), whose sales figures have revealed an unexpected 2.6 per cent rise in new cars sold in October.

The above quote highlights why he believes car sales seem to have stabilised and we completely agree.

The influx of ‘eco-signatures’ to identify lower CO2 emissions, higher fuel economy, less weight, lower road tax – the list is endless -seems to have picked up pace in recent months and with the number of electric and hybrid cars on the market growing, it makes sense that people are looking for a greener, cheaper form of transport.

This probably goes some way to explain some of the most popular cars in the UK in October and in the year as a whole, as well as giving people hoping to buy a new car indication of those cars which offer the best value for money.

For example, the Ford Fiesta supermini is the most popular car on the market in 2011 with 84,500 sold so far.

This included 7,300 in October and cements its place as the UK’s favourite car. In terms of environmental impact, the Fiesta offers diesel versions which are road tax free and can deliver upwards of 80mpg – in touch with even the smallest city car in terms of driving costs.

In second place in the sales charts for October, the Vauxhall Corsa is also the Fiesta’s main rival. It too can offer road tax free engines in the form of EcoFlex diesel models.

It has also been updated as recently as 2011 to include a new front end and some bright new exterior and interior colours in order to appeal to a younger audience.

The third best-seller of October 2011 is another unsurprising one – the new 2012 Ford Focus.

The Ford Focus starts from an incredible £14,000 and delivers one of the smoothest and most responsive rides in the segment alongside a staggering amount of equipment as standard.

But we’re looking at green credentials and the Ford Focus does not disappoint. Ford’s diesel ‘Econetic’ engines mean even this five-door small family car is available with free road tax in certain models.

Even the more powerful engines represent fuel economy improvements over previous generation Ford Focus cars and represent some of the lowest petrol and diesel options in its segment.

With 5,000 people buying one in October alone, the demand for the Ford Focus is obviously there. It is now the second best-selling car in the UK in 2011 to date.

So if you’re looking for a low-cost new car, why not follow the crowd with one of the above three models. Sometimes, buying a popular model is a good thing, because they are popular for a reason.