Ford’s best-selling hatchback, the Fiesta, has topped October’s sales table having been knocked off the top spot last month.
After being replaced by the Volkswagen Golf at the top in September, the Fiesta has outshone its hatchback rival this month with 7,256 units selling in October – compared to 5,547 Golfs.
The Fiesta was one of three Fords in the October top-ten – the Focus placed third with 4,503 sales and the Kuga small crossover following with 2,493 in tenth. Over 83,000 Fiestas have now been sold this year, which is 20,000 more than Volkswagen’s Golf.
Nissan’s Qashqai continued to be the best-selling crossover as it placed fourth with 3,923 sales, while the Mercedes-Benz A-Class was fifth with 3,390 units sold.
The overall state of the British car market though continues to be in poor shape, as October sales are down by 12.2 per cent compared to last year, with the year-to-October figures down by 4.6 per cent on the same point in 2016.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes commented: “Declining business and consumer confidence is undoubtedly affecting demand in the new car market but this is being compounded by confusion over government policy on diesel.
“Consumers need urgent reassurance that the latest, low emission diesel cars on sale will not face any bans, charges or other restrictions, anywhere in the UK. We urge the government to use the forthcoming Autumn Budget to restore stability to the market, encouraging the purchase of the latest low emission vehicles as fleet renewal is the fastest and most effective way of addressing air quality concerns.”