Continental Europe’s car sales may be in the toilet, but the UK’s new car market was up 5.3 percent in 2012, with the Ford Fiesta leading the sales charts.
With 2.04 million new cars sold, the UK had its best year since 2008, with numerous manufacturers recording record years. Jaguar Land Rover, which has struggled to gain traction in the United States, had a banner year in the UK.
Of the top 5 vehicles on sales, four of those slots were occupied by either Ford or Vauxhall vehicles. The Ford Fiesta was Britain’s top-seller, beating the second place Vauxhall Corsa by some 20,000 units. Next up was the Ford Focus, followed by the Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf. The BMW 3-Series ranked 7th, and was the UK’s top luxury car.