Top 10 best-selling cars in January

Top 10 best-selling cars in January

The new car market has had a positive start to 2013 with new car registrations rising 11.5% to 143,643 units overall.

This positive growth was boosted by a 15.9% rise in private registrations during the month, while demand for alternatively-fuelled cars boasted an impressive 7.9% rise in volumes, too.
"The new car market has started the year confidently with registrations climbing 11.5% in January," said Mike Baunton, Interim Chief Executive, SMMT. "Lifted by a solid rise in private demand, the new car market posted its 11th successive month of growth with motorists attracted to forecourts by the latest models and competitive deals on offer."

But what are people buying? The gallery below highlights the top ten best-selling cars in January

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Top 10 best-selling cars in January

1. Ford Fiesta

The nippy little Ford found a home with 7,906 new owners last month

2. Ford Focus

Another Ford propping up the top of the table, this time the slightly larger Focus. 5,794 new cars made it onto the road last month.

3. Vauxhall Astra

Small family cars are proving the most popular vehicles on the road and with 5,462 Astras registered last month, Vauxhall has cause to celebrate

4. Vauxhall Corsa 

This good-looking city car shifted an impressive 5,178 units last month

5. Nissan Qashqai

Once considered a niche product, the Qashqai is now the epitome of a solid SUV. A staggering 4,280 of these were registered last month.

6. Volkswagen Golf

It used to be the go-to-guy for those wanting a solid, reliable hatchback but with 3,335 Golfs registered last month, it misses out on the top of the table

7. Peugeot 208

The seductive curves of the new 208 have obviously won over fans because 2,959 were registered last month

8. Volkswagen Polo

Despite looking more and more like a mini Golf, the Polo is still slipping down the table. 2,885 new Polos made their way onto UK roads last month.

9. Nissan Juke

Another “niche” product from Nissan looks like it has a solid fan base with 2,522 new cars registered last month.

10. Mercedes C-Class

The big, German cruiser is the only luxury brand to make it on the list with an impressive 2,356 new cars registered last month

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