Ford Fall From Grace

Mon 20th Dec 2021

For the first time in 50 years a Ford motor is not the UK’s best selling car, with the US giant not even registering a model in the top five.

The Ford Fiesta has been the top seller for the last few years, but it will lose top spot this year to the perennial rival the Vauxhall Corsa this year. And neither a Fiesta or a Focus has sold enough models to get into the top five, which is a massive fall from grace, but also a reflection on the difficulties the motor industry is currently facing.

While this year has been a better year than last for car sales in the wake of the pandemic, the global shortage of semi-conductors has had a significant impact on production lines and some brands have simply failed to get enough vehicles out of the factory doors.

The Corsa and the Fiesta are usually neck and neck going into the December, but figures published by Auto Express show that the Corsa (38,306 sales) is well ahead of the Fiesta (27,000) at this stage. Second on the list is the Mercedes A-Class (29,510), followed by the always strong Volkswagen duo of the Polo (29,478) and the Golf (28,666), the Nissan Qashqai (27,800) completes the top five.

Ford’s best sales come with the Fiesta and the Puma (26,870), trailing in eighth and ninth place respectively.

“The usually dominant Ford Fiesta has had a very poor year by its own high standards, dropping to eighth overall,” the motor magazine said.

“Meanwhile, Volkswagen will be celebrating its Polo and Golf, taking third and fourth.

“Perhaps the biggest surprise is the Mercedes A-Class, the premium hatchback, storming into second.”