16 February 2016

UK Top 20 Models : 2000-04

The Ford Focus was staying in front

Total sales were very healthy in the UK, while the Top 10 models lost share from 35.5% to 32.0%. The Ford Focus was the top selling model for each of the five years shown below. GM Vauxhall had the second spot secure but with the Astra, then the Corsa models taking turns.

The then locally made Peugeot 206 reached fourth on three occasions, the highest placing a French brand had reached in the UK. With the Mégane/Scénic reaching 5th in 2004, coupled with the Clio and 307, this was the best French brands achieved before or since. The VW Golf was now a regular feature of the Top 10, something it has continued to do down to today.

 As for UK brands, just as Rover finally descended into the abyss, BMW was able to salvage the MINI out of the debacle. At least there was one UK brand in the Top 20 at all times, and has continued that way, courtesy of the MINI.

In the chart, brown means Top 10, all other numbers Top 20 and a blank means the model is outside those parameters. The models are coloured according to perceived origin.



Model 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

1 Ford Focus 110,074 131,684 151,209 137,074 114,512

2 Vauxhall Corsa 101,625 108,387 105,199 93,792 84,514

3 Ford Fiesta 89,259 95,887 93,591 98,221 91,783

4 Peugeot 206 86,605 95,052 96,938 97,887 80,991

5 Renault Mégane 86,569 71,660 69,530 73,577 64,666

6 Vauxhall Astra 85,087 96,929 102,107 98,999 93,263

7 Renault Clio 72,412 83,972 86,337 79,843 61,209

8 VW Golf 69,784 67,226 72,362 67,099 57,359

9 Ford Mondeo 60,441 60,046 72,016 86,559 69,377

10 Peugeot 307/306 58,742 60,356 53,228 43,374









11 BMW 3 Series 53,790 65,489 62,644 57,444 48,730

12 Vauxhall Zafira 51,175 47,065 42,291


13 Vauxhall Vectra 48,450 48,923 54,144 64,877 70,704

14 Ford Ka 45,879 52,826 62,863 54,285 47,346

15 BMW MINI 43,660 40,510



16 VW Polo 43,530 48,134 41,470 42,822 43,856

17 Fiat Punto 43,422 50,917 55,414 59,573 54,840

18 Nissan Micra 39,299 52,634 46,176 43,151 46,329

19 Citroen Xsara 37,019 43,324 59,828 65,681 29,560

20 Toyota Yaris 35,225





Rover 25/ZR
41,032 43,824 47,524 45,542


VW Passat

36,864 33,852


Citroen Saxo


42,755 42,930


Honda Civic


34,419


Peugeot 406



36,954


Top 10 820,598 876,642 912,152 898,732 788,378


% of Total 32.0 34.0 35.6 36.6 35.5


Total 2,567,269 2,579,050 2,563,631 2,458,769 2,221,647

Data source: SMMT.

Other years in the series:
65-6970-7475-7980-8485-8990-9495-9905-0910-14.

The Vauxhall Corsa was enjoying great success

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