Tue, Jul 10, 2018 8:12 PM
The motor industry has suffered a slump in sales for the opening six months of 2018, with almost every one of the UK’s top-selling cars suffering a sales drop.
Only the Volkswagen Golf has reported growth compared to the same sales period in 2017, this despite a record high month for March this year for new car registrations across the board.
In the first six months of 2018, 1.31 million new cars were registered, a startling 6.3 per cent drop on the 1.40 million from January to May to 2017.
Ford occupies three places in the top ten cars sold this year, the ever-popular Fiesta again taking top spot, with sales of 56,415 in the opening six months, a slight drop on the same period in 2017. Ford also take third place with the Ford Focus, though worryingly their sales are down almost 10k on the same period last year. Ford are also represented with their Kuga taking eighth spot, the SUV is in high demand across the UK and it makes sense that Britain’s most popular manufacturer would be represented so highly in this field.
Volkswagen’s Golf and Polo have been staples of the British car-buying market for many years now, and their popularity with the public continues with the German manufacturer taking second place for the Golf, which actually saw a rise in sales from 36,703 to 39,930 for the first half of 2018. The Polo, which has been performing well since 1975, but only came seventh in the top ten this first half, with a significant 5k drop in sales to 22,027.
Nissan are Asia’s only representative in the top 10, their Qashqai performs admirably yet again, which is outstripping the Japanese company’s own projections. In the first half of 2018 the crossover sold 30,066 units.
The battle for supremacy between Ford’s Fiesta and Vauxhall’s Corsa has been ongoing for a number of years now, the former has a great lead on its rival. The Corsa is a perennial favourite but only limps in in fifth place for the first half of 2018.
Mini’s hatch takes sixth spot with a respectable 23,461 units, whilst Mercedes give a good showing for the luxury car market taking up ninth and tenth spot with the A-Class and C-Class respectively.