18 February 2016

UK Top 20 Models : 2005-09

The new Ford Fiesta caught the British public's attention
and became the best selling model in 2009

The five year period here was ended with a sharp decline in sales as the world grappled with financial issues. Total sales for 2009 were the lowest since 1995. The Top 10 took the lowest share ever in '09 with just 31%. The Ford Focus had been the best selling model for ten years up until 2008, but was replaced by the new model Fiesta in 2009.

Brands from the USA took six places in the Top 10, while during this time French makes went from three to one. It was 17 years since a Renault model didn't grace the Top 10 as the company decided to stop chasing volume over profit. German marques added a second for the first time ever and even the home nation slipped in a model for the first time in ten years. From 12th to 18th there were four Japanese brands, with the new Qashqai quickly up to 12th.

In the chart, dark grey shows a Top 10 result, light grey 11th to 20th. SA blank space means either out of the Top 20 or no sales.



Model 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005

1 Ford Fiesta 117,296 94,989 102,872 103,856 83,803

2 Ford Focus 93,517 101,593 118,267 119,047 123,799

3 Vauxhall Corsa 84,478 99,574 94,120 73,923 89,463

4 Vauxhall Astra 67,729 90,641 113,894 105,296 108,461

5 VW Golf 57,187 65,029 68,843 62,011 67,749

6 Peugeot 206/207 48,037 53,462 67,185 33,644 67,450

7 BMW MINI 39,866 40,736 47,661 38,018 44,770

8 BMW 3 Series 39,029 49,384 58,544 50,248 44,844

9 Vauxhall Vectra/Insig 36,233 42,555 50,983 44,389 44,626

10 Ford Mondeo 34,418 44,150 47,800 48,021 57,589









11 Audi A3 33,154 32,769



12 Nissan Qashqai 30,554




13 Toyota Yaris 30,046 30,342 31,028
33,981

14 VW Polo 29,975 35,710 36,809 38,152 40,640

15 Honda Jazz 27,165

30,795

16 Renault Clio 26,992 34,161 53,907 57,192 56,538

17 BMW 1 Series 26,324 29,933



18 Honda Civic 26,088 34,474 44,671 37,485

19 VW Passat 25,825 30,625 37,206 38,104 35,594

20 Peugeot 307/308 25,039
32,386 41,939 44,276


Vauxhall Zafira
43,169 47,813 47,527 40,923


Audi A4
31,365 33,918 35,436 35,005


Fiat Punto

36,449 40,790


Nissan Micra



37,567


Ford Ka



35,579


Top 10 617,790 684,546 784,083 729,190 786,789


% of Total 31.0 32.1 32.6 31.1 32.3


Total 1,994,999 2,131,795 2,404,007 2,344,864 2,439,717

Data source: SMMT.

Suumary: Both Ford and GM Vauxhall proved resilient with so many models doing well. Germany was replacing France as the main European contributor to the UK market. How would things pan out in the next decade? The final instalment will answer that, and more.

Other years in the series:
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The new Nissan Qashqai crossover was an instant hit 

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