03 January 2016

UK Top 20 Models : 1990-94

The Escort was proving consistently popular in the UK

Throughout this five years, Euro US models held all five top places. Ford however lost 4.6% in total market share in the five years. For the first time, two European models were in the Top 10, thanks to Peugeot and Renault. The former were assembling cars in the UK and switched in 1993 from the 405 to the 306. Apart from two models, Rover increasingly had little depth below that. It was still 3rd biggest brand but for how much longer?

Peugeot had now established itself at 4th best selling brand and Renault 5th, with Nissan 6th. Citroën was up to 7th and VW had fallen back to VW 8th. While BMW had a model on the list, it was still behind Fiat and Toyota in total sales.


Model 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990
1 Ford Escort 144,089 122,002 121,140 110,302 141,985
2 Ford Mondeo 127,144 88,660 77,253 93,650 128,705
3 Ford Fiesta 123,723 110,449 106,695 117,181 151,475
4 Vauxhall Cavalier 100,115 104,101 108,818 109,505 138,357
5 Vauxhall Astra 98,098 108,204 86,858 71,437 101,087
6 Rover 200 80,313 77,745 77,214 68,122 62,487
7 Vauxhall Corsa 78,739 51,608 42,779 44,751 54,786
8 Rover Metro 58,865 57,068 56,713 60,361 81,064
9 Renault Clio 49,337 45,269 34,701

10 Peugeot 306/309 48,802

21,940 31,209







11 Peugeot 106 44,440 35,918 20,935

12 VW Golf 44,004 36,404 32,554 33,862 47,729
13 Nissan Micra 43,448 38,117 31,002 33,571 48,189
14 Peugeot 405 41,647 52,184 48,482 41,296 39,856
15 BMW 3 Series 32,483 29,065 28,196 25,682
16 Citroën Xantia/BX 30,527


30,923
17 Rover 400 29,566 33,146 23,400 25,364
18 Citroën ZX 26,688 33,283 28,028

19 Citroën AX 25,087 24,578


20 Volvo 400 24,536 26,218 25,198 23,110 25,679

Renault 19
26,492



Ford Orion
23,972 33,249 40,193 51,404

Peugeot 205

34,045 46,615 50,205

Ford Granada


24,615 33,685

VW Polo


24,107

Rover Montego


23,057 43,758

Austin/MG Maestro



29,657

Nissan Sunny



27,893

Top 10 909,225 817,290 760,653 763,220 961,555

% of Total 47.6 46.0 47.7 47.9 47.9

Total 1,910,933 1,778,426 1,593,601 1,592,326 2,008,934

Data source : SMMT.

Other years in the series:
65-6970-7475-7980-8485-8995-9900-0405-0910-14.

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