Top of the Tin Tops: May's best selling cars

The Blue Oval's domination of the best selling car charts continued in May with the Ford Fiesta topping the pile yet again – for the third month in a row!

The latest figures revealed by the SMMT this week revealed the Fiesta retained its number one spot as the best selling car of the year too. It found an impressive 8,135 homes last month alone.
The latest registration figures showed the market was down just 1.7 per cent on May 2010 – the lowest fall yet of the year so far. Some 150,431 cars were registered last month, with the market 2,664 units down on May 2010.

Ford is celebrating second place too with the Focus selling 6,492 units. It also holds the title of second best selling car of the year with 35,770 models finding homes, some way behind the Fiesta's 42,814.

Third place went to the Volkswagen Golf (5,541 sold) and the Fiesta's bitter rival, the Vauxhall Corsa, came fourth with 5,368 sold.

Vauxhall took fifth place too with the Astra notching up just over 5,000 units and the Insignia followed close behind in sixth with 4,205 sold.

BMW picked up seventh place with the perennial 3 Series (4,058 sold) while sister firm MINI took eighth with 3,319 sold.

Nissan's Qashqai crossover came in ninth with 3,038 leaving showrooms – pretty good going considering there's a healthy waiting list for that model – and the VW Passat rounded off the top 10 with 2,981 sold.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: "New car registrations for May were down just 1.7 per cent on 2010 levels, with strong performances in the fleet and business sectors.

"Consumers remain cautious, but with significantly improved fuel economy, service plans and more affordable finance, there is great value on offer across the market."

The SMMT says the market is on track to achieve full year sales of more than 1.93m units, despite the "economic setting remaining uncertain".
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