Revealed: The UK's top 10 best selling cars

Istanbul, Turkey - February 11, 2021: Subcompact crossover SUV Ford Puma in the city street.
The Ford Puma was the most popular car in the UK in August. Photo: Getty

Ford's (F) Puma topped the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)'s list of best selling cars in August.

The Puma pipped the Volkswagen (VOW3.DE) Polo to the post, selling a total of 1,801 units in August. The Polo sold to the tune of 1,761 units.

The Toyota (7203.T) Yaris was third on the list, having sold 1,480 units.

Hong Kong, China July 23, 2018 : Volkswagen Polo 2018 Test Drive Day July 23 2018 in Hong Kong.
The Volkswagen Polo came in at number two on the list of the UK's best selling cars in August. Photo: Getty

Overall for the year, the Vauxhall (STLA) Corsa is still leading the way for sales, with year-to-date sales of 28,381. The classic Ford Fiesta is a close second, and also topped the list for used car sales in Q2.

"As we enter the important September plate-change month with an ever-increasing range of electrified models and attractive deals, buyers in the market for the new 71 plate can be reassured manufacturers are doing all they can to ensure prompt deliveries," said Mike Hawes, SMMT CEO.

Best selling UK cars in August. Chart: SMMT
Best selling UK cars in August. Chart: SMMT

Meanwhile, global supply chain issues continued to hit the UK car market in August, as new registrations fell 22% year-on-year.

According to the latest figures from the SMMT, 68,033 units were registered in what is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year for new car registrations, ahead of the important plate-change in September.

2013 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Eco Flex. Artist Unknown. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Overall for the year, the Vauxhall Corsa is leading the way for sales. Photo: National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty

Read more: UK car sales weakest since 2013 in August as supply chain issues continue

The monthly performance was the weakest since August 2013, and down 7.6% against the average recorded over the last decade, due in part to constrained supply as the global shortage of semiconductors — an issue born of the pandemic — continues to undermine production volumes.

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