The UK new car market grew 2% in April 2016, continuing its ongoing upward trajectory – but it’s the Volkswagen Golf’s impressive number two position in the registrations chart that’s the real surprise.
Pipping the Ford Focus, Nissan Qashqai and Vauxhall Astra, the Golf’s strong performance comes despite the ongoing ‘dieselgate’ emissions crisis – and runs contrary to recent reports that the public has lost faith in the Volkswagen brand.
A strong April means the Golf is now in a solid fourth place in the year-to-date new car registrations table, closing in on the Ford Focus. The Volkswagen Polo remains sixth, with the Audi A3 in eighth making it three Volkswagen Group cars in the top 10.
If the emissions crisis is having an impact anywhere, it’s certainly not on the new car market for Volkswagen…
Of course, the Ford Fiesta remains the clear new car sales leader, more than 2,000 cars ahead of the Golf in April alone. Year to date, more than 44,000 Fiestas have been registered. Next best is the Vauxhall Corsa, way back on fewer than 29,000.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “After such a strong March, April’s steadier performance was to be anticipated, and is in line with our expectations for the year.
“Consumer confidence remains high as buyers continue to capitalise on attractive finance deals, although this could be affected by political and economic uncertainty in the coming months.”
Top 10 new car registrations – April 2016
- Ford Fiesta
- Volkswagen Golf
- Ford Focus
- Nissan Qashqai
- Vauxhall Astra
- Volkswagen Polo
- Vauxhall Corsa
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Kia Sportage
- Audi A3