The new Ford Focus has replaced the Ford Fiesta at the top of the sales chart for February 2012 after an impressive 3,700 were sold during the month.
This is 800 more than the Ford Fiesta in second place and ensured Ford was the biggest winner in the month of March.
The new 2011 Ford Focus hatchback was launched early last year and sales have been rising for the class-leading small family car.
This is due to new competitive prices – Ford Focus prices start from just £14,000 – class-leading handling and responsiveness and a selection of frugal petrol and diesel engines.
Overall, registrations in the UK fell 2.5 per cent compared to the same month in 2011 but sales are expected to rise in March with the introduction of the new 12-plates.
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the organisation behind the latest figures, said: “The March market will provide a much better indicator of industry health than the relatively low volumes traditionally seen in February.
While Ford dominated new car sales with the Focus and the Fiesta, Vauxhall also enjoyed a strong month with three cars in the top ten best-sellers.
The Vauxhall Corsa supermini and the Vauxhall Astra small family car both made it into the top ten best-sellers while the Vauxhall insignia was the seventh favourite car in February 2012 with 1,500 units sold across the saloon and estate range.
In the first two months of 2012, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-selling car with 10,700 cars sold compared to the Ford Focus’ 9,300 sales in second place.