VW Golf Outsells the Ford Fiesta
The motor industry is reeling at the news that the UK’s favourite is no longer the UK’s favourite. Having consistently topped the rankings recently, Ford’s iconic supermini has been rudely displaced from the top of the charts for June 2017 by an even bigger legend, which can trace its heritage back even further than the Fiesta’s remarkable 41 years.
The VW Golf is, of course, the car that invented the term supermini, and has been tussling with the Fiesta for top spot since the mid-1970s. Last month, it pushed its oldest rival down into second place by the slimmest of margins, selling just 207 more units.
The full top ten
It is fair to say that Ford and Volkswagen dominated the rankings, with their offerings taking up half of the top eight. Here is the full top ten, along with the number of cars sold in June:
- Volkswagen Golf (8,808)
- Ford Fiesta (8,601)
- Ford Focus (8,283)
- Vauxhall Astra (6,977)
- Mini (6,630)
- Vauxhall Corsa (5,739)
- Nissan Qashqai (5,103)
- Volkswagen Polo (4,705)
- BMW 3 Series (4,264)
10. Mercedes-Benz C-Class (4,102)
Sales down on last year
Overall car sales showed a continuation of the decline that has been seen over the past three months. A total of 243,454 new cars were registered in June, representing a fall of just under five per cent compared to June 2016.
Alternative fuels on the increase
One sector to buck the trend was electric and hybrid vehicles, which saw sales of 10,721 vehicles, a significant increase from the 8,311 sold in June of last year, and an increase in market share to 4.4 per cent.
The biggest losers, on the other hand, were diesels, whose sales plummeted by almost 15 per cent to 103,564.