With 8,054 registrations, the Vauxhall Corsa displaced the Ford Fiesta (on 7,507 units) for the first time in years.
The big registrations fillip follows the launch of the new Corsa, which has been extensively reworked to cure the old Corsa’s many failings and offer a much more competitive alternative to the Ford favourite. Buyers, it seems, have responded.
The late rally couldn’t help the Corsa better a third place spot overall in the full year 2014 rankings though: the Fiesta’s dominance was clear as the SMMT revealed 131,254 units were registered in 2014 – the next best, Ford’s Focus, trailed far behind on 85,140.
The Corsa ended the year on 81,783 units.
The December result will be a real lift for the Griffin though, which is focused on beating Ford to the UK number one spot. Curing the biggest weakness in its model range – an ageing, off the pace supermini in easily the UK’s biggest car sector – will play a key role in this.
First signs are it could just work…