Figures released by SMMT show who’s scoring what in terms of units sold in the automotive industry in 2017. It was an interesting year, with diesel scandals, road tax changes, scrappage schemes and various other external influences sending waves through the motoring industry.
Here’s who came out on top last year...
10 - Mercedes A-Class - 43,717 units
In at number 10 is the Mercedes Benz A-Class. Not a huge surprise, really, as competitive leasing and finance deals make this the most accessible car on the market from the ‘big 3’ German manufacturers, (Mercedes, Audi, BMW.)
9 - Mercedes C-Class - 45,912 units
Although the A-Class is the most accessible premium German car, the C-Class outsold it last year. This is largely due to company car leases. The C-Class is an incredibly popular car for business owners and employees on the company car scheme, so it’s not a huge surprise that this is performing so well.
8 - MINI Hatchback - 47,669 units
The MINI hatch is one of our favourite fashionable small cars, it offers great handling and a superb interior. Since adding the five-door option the Mini has become even more popular than before, helping to retain its eighth place position it achieved in the rankings for 2016.
7 - Volkswagen Polo - 47,855 units
A turbulent year for the Polo, which is often the case when a new model is launched. Customers were apprehensive about buying the outgoing model, but the new model was only launched in August. Expect a much better performance from the new Polo this year.
6 - Vauxhall Astra - 49,370 units
It was a difficult year for Vauxhall, the Astra suffered, with fewer examples leaving showrooms in 2017 compared to the year before. That said, it still remained in the sixth place position it achieved in the rankings for 2016, and is still one of the best family cars on the market for its price.
5 - Vauxhall Corsa - 52,772 units
Right, now we’re getting to the business end of the league tables. This is a relatively poor performance by the Corsa, sadly. The car hasn’t fared well at all in comparison to the Ford Fiesta.
4 - Nissan Qashqai - 64,216 units
It’s still going strong. Remember before when I said that it can be difficult for some vehicles to perform well the year a new model is launched? The Qashqai disagrees. A new model was launched last year and it really does give it that little boost ahead of the competition. The car now has the foundation for Nissan’s autonomous technology which will be out this year. A really exciting car which fully deserves its plaudits.
3 - Ford Focus - 69,903 units
The Focus felt the mounting pressure of the VW Golf in the latter part of 2017. Just 4,702 units are the difference between the Focus and Golf over the year. Keep an eye on these competitors as we start 2018 - it could get juicy, which would mean a load of mega savings to convince speculative buyers.
2 - Volkswagen Golf - 74,605 units
This is a very strong performance from the Golf and there’s some savvy thinking behind it. Volkswagen has gained a significant number of sales on the Golf due to the diversity of the model range. There’s one for everyone. A modest 1.0 petrol, an eco diesel, a fully electric e-golf, a hot diesel in the GTD, a hot-hybrid in the GTE, a hot-hatch in the GTi and a rocket-hatch in the Golf R. Collectively, it’s no surprise that they sold 74,605 units last year.
1 - Ford Fiesta - 94,533 units
Top of the league again for the ninth consecutive year...19,928 sales separate the Ford Fiesta from its nearest competitor, the VW Golf. The brand new model with futuristic styling and agreeable running costs offers buyers even more choice helping to make this the top seller.