The Ford Fiesta continues to dominate the UK car industry with its best January performance in 11 years.
The car is at the very top of the UK new car registrations, with a total of 8353 new Fiestas registered, speeding past the second-placed Nissan Qashqai by 3514 units.
Last month, 2.9% more cars were registered compared to the same month in 2015, with 168,678 cars being registered during January. This is the highest ever total for January since 2005, when the number reached 181,474.
There has been an 8.2% year-on-year increase in the registrations of private cars, with a total of 73,061 new cars registered to private buyers in January, the most for 12 years.
Chief Executive of SMMT, Mike Hawes, said: “January’s solid performance puts the new car sector in a good position to start the year. Providing consumer confidence remains strong, we expect a more stable 12 months ahead, broadly similar to 2015 which was, of course, a record year.”
Hybrid and electric vehicles also continue to grow in popularity, with 32.1% more registrations last month compared with January 2015. Alternatively fuelled vehicles make up 3.6% of the total new car market, an increase of 0.8% since this time last year.
The most popular fuel type is diesel, but it is only slightly more popular than petrol, with 82,311 diesel cars being registered during January and 81,292 petrol cars.
List of new car registrations for January 2016
1. Ford Fiesta 8353 units
2. Nissan Qashqai 4839
3. Vauxhall Corsa 4803
4. Ford Focus 4285
5. VW Golf 3813
6. Nissan Juke 3446
7. VW Polo 3298
8. Audi A3 3227
9. Vauxhall Astra 3185
10. Mercedes C-Class 3022