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Small cars make it big

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has just released figures showing the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK. These figures show a continuing trend towards downsizing among British drivers. Superminis are by far the largest market sector by volume sales. The biggest growth sector, however, is that of crossover vehicles the popularity of which continues to grow apace. Total new car sales in the UK from January 1 to October 31 2013 was 1,952,238.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has just released figures showing the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK. These figures show a continuing trend towards downsizing among British drivers. Superminis are by far the largest market sector by volume sales. The biggest growth sector, however, is that of crossover vehicles the popularity of which continues to grow apace. Total new car sales in the UK from January 1 to October 31 2013 was 1,952,238. This represents a 10 per cent increase over the same period in 2012. New car sales are expected to hit 2.25 million by the end of 2013.

The best-selling car so far in 2013 is the Ford fiesta. The little hatchback from Ford achieved sales of 104,621. Ford also managed second place. The small family hatch, the Ford Focus, achieved a creditable 76,493 sales. Vauxhall enters the fray in third place with the Vauxhall Corsa. Again, we can see here a distinct move towards smaller vehicles. Just like the Fiesta, the Corsa has been around a long time and remains popular with the UK driving public. Vauxhall appears again in fourth place with the Astra. The pattern again repeats that of Ford, with a little city car being followed by a small family hatchback.

Another small family hatchback comes in fifth place. The ever popular Volkswagen Golf is back in its latest incarnation, proving that the British still enjoy a quality aspect to their motoring. In sixth place we have the first crossover vehicle. The Nissan Qashqai appears to have captured the imagination and achieved sales of 44,649. In seventh place we have what could be considered the first full sized saloon on the list. Interestingly, this is not an offering from the mass market manufacturers such as Ford or Vauxhall. Instead, British drivers have once again gone for quality with the BMW 3 series. A BMW makes the ratings again at number eight in the sales charts with the BMW 1 series. Again this is a small hatchback, and it achieved sales of 36,520. In ninth place is the Polo from Volkswagen, another small hatchback that has been around for a long time on British roads. Finally, in 10th place comes the Peugeot 208 with 34,253 sales. Needless to say, this is yet another small hatchback or city car.

There is no doubt that the most striking thing about this list is not numbers of sales or the manufacturers represented. Instead, it is the prominence of the small car that is the real news here, taking eight of the top ten positions.

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