10 February 2016

UK Top 20 Models : 1995-99

The Ford Fiesta was selling well

A unique time in the UK was not having any British car in the Top 10, which ended in 1998. The 200 and 400 models had both been reasonably successful but the range overall just wasn't good enough. A collaboration would have been essential to freshen the line up but owner BMW didn't go that way.

As a consequence, Rover concluded 1999 on a historically low 6th place in total sales. Peugeot, Renault and VW were now all ahead, in that order. A record four European models made the Top 10 in 1995. The Mégane included the Scénic MPV derivative which was counted as one back then. In 1998, UK production of the 306 switched to the 206, which would prove to be the last model made locally.

Below, blank spaces indicate when a model is not in the Top 20. The darker shading is a Top 10 finish.


Model 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
1 Ford Escort 103,228 113,560 113,522 128,760 137,760
2 Ford Fiesta 99,830 116,110 119,471 139,552 129,574
3 Vauxhall Astra 92,050 81,494 89,537 86,068 100,709
4 Vauxhall Corsa 86,779 75,673 79,898 75,777 72,508
5 Vauxhall Vectra 77,479 92,719 93,778 88,224 73,978
6 Ford Mondeo 77,183 99,729 107,239 100,725 118,040
7 Renault Mégane 65,127 82,998 57,654

8 Renault Clio 63,991 57,231 58,033 53,826 52,576
9 VW Golf 63,715 42,354 39,986 52,436 44,111
10 Peugeot 206 58,788










11 Peugeot 306 53,447 70,169 66,888 58,916 56,112
12 Nissan Micra 47,775 48,757 42,856 44,141 44,786
13 BMW 3 Series 47,265 37,219 40,312 41,958 41,032
14 Rover 200 45,728 64,928 62,365 53,562 68,114
15 Citroën Saxo/AX 43,557 38,916 36,855
27,756
16 VW Polo 43,422 48,402 56,235 47,000
17 Ford Ka 42,607



18 Peugeot 405 42,242 48,242 47,395 35,549 30,974
19 Fiat Punto 40,439 52,159 45,551 47,986 44,335
20 Rover 400 33,343 57,318 61,913 63,847 47,348

Peugeot 106
51,458 50,069 43,821 45,596

Honda Civic
36,791
33,523 30,818

Renault Laguna

40,324 40,807 40,980

Rover 100


42,009 52,392

Top 10 788,170 854,698 852,644 849,257 861,763

% of Total 35.9 38.0 39.3 41.9 44.3

Total 2,197,615 2,247,403 2,170,725 2,025,450 1,945,366

Data source: SMMT.

Other years in the series:
65-6970-7475-7980-8485-8990-9400-0405-0910-14.

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