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Revealed: the best-selling cars of the year so far

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has released its new car registration figures for the first half of 2019. Here, we reveal the top 25 best-selling cars of the year so far, including any significant changes from the same period last year. The results are presented in reverse order. We tip our hats to Tristan Young for alerting us to the figures.

25. BMW 3 Series – 12,814 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Sales of the 3 Series are down 17.94 percent as BMW has to deal with the tricky transition period when a new model replaces an old one. Sitting outside the top 25 in 46th position you’ll find the Dacia Duster, with sales of the budget SUV up from 4,507 in the first half of 2018 to 8,822 in 2019.

24. Fiat 500 – 12,970 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Fiat 500 has enjoyed a remarkable innings, assisted by multiple special editions and a subtle refresh. Registrations are down 11.83 percent in the first half of 2019, however.

23. Vauxhall Grandland X – 13,126 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Grandland X is one of three Vauxhall models to make the top 25, with registrations totalling 13,126 units. Interestingly, the Astra sits outside the top 25 in 28th place. The facelifted Astra can’t come soon enough.

22. Ford Ecosport – 13,225 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Ford has managed to shift 13,225 Ecosport models in the first half of 2019. We’re expecting the new Puma crossover to steal those sales in 2020.

21. Audi A1 – 13,543 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The launch of the second-generation Audi A1 has seen sales of the premium supermini increase by nearly 13 percent. The Spanish-built A1 costs upwards of £17,735 and features a range of customisable options.

20. Nissan Juke – 14,684 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

You could be forgiven for thinking the new Nissan Juke is overdue, but British buyers beg to differ. Registrations are up 24.42 percent, with the UK accounting for around half of all Juke sales in Europe.

19. Land Rover Discovery – 15,055 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Land Rover Discovery registrations are down 1.71 percent to 15,055 units. Moving forward, we can see the new Defender stealing sales from the Disco.

18. Citroen C3 – 15,340 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Citroen C3 is the only French car to make the top 25, with registrations up 9.71 percent. Interestingly, the Peugeot 208 (32nd) and Renault Clio (36th) fail to make the top 25. Will the new models make a difference?

17. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 15,582 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

It’s a solid showing for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with 15,582 registrations making it the UK’s most popular executive car. Sales are down 20.32 percent, mind.

16. Vauxhall Mokka X – 15,641 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Vauxhall Mokka X registrations are down 16.47 percent to 15,641 units. We suspect the Grandland X has stolen sales from its inferior sibling.

15. BMW 1 Series – 16,225 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

There’s no stopping the outgoing BMW 1 Series, with registrations up 37.34 percent. We wonder if buyers are eager to grab a slice of the current model before it makes way for the new front-wheel-drive version?

14. Hyundai Tucson – 16,401 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Prepare for a double-dose of Korean SUVs, with the Hyundai Tucson finishing 14th…

13. Kia Sportage – 18,870 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Swiftly followed by the Kia Sportage. The Kia stays ahead of the Hyundai, but while Sportage sales are up just 0.94 percent, the Tucson is up 7.46 percent.

12. Toyota Yaris – 19,108 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Toyota Yaris registrations are up 19.44 percent to 19,108 units. Sales are assisted by the availability of a hybrid version.

11. Mini Cooper – 19,558 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Mini Cooper remains as popular as ever, although registrations are down 5.23 percent. A new electric version will launch in 2020.

10. Volkswagen Tiguan – 20,285 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Volkswagen Tiguan is the first car in the top 25 to break the 20,000 mark, with registrations up 13.48 percent.

9. Ford Kuga – 20,483 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The current Kuga is about to be superseded by a new model, so it’s no surprise to see a fall in registrations. The new version will be available with mild-hybrid, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

8. Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 21,863 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Cementing its position as the country’s favourite premium hatchback, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sees sales increase by 63.05 percent. That’s the power of an all-new model and a premium badge.

7. Volkswagen Polo – 23,691 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Next up is the Volkswagen Polo, with registrations up 7.38 percent.

6. Range Rover – 27,043 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

This is a bit of an odd one, as the DVLA has grouped all Range Rover models together. This figure includes the Evoque, Velar, Sport and Range Rover.

5. Nissan Qashqai – 29,215 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Spoiler alert: the top five is entirely predictable. Sales of the Nissan Qashqai are down 2.86 percent, but it remains the nation’s most popular crossover.

4. Vauxhall Corsa – 29,876 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

The Vauxhall Corsa is making a late charge before the new model arrives, with sales up 7.48 percent. The new version shares its platform with the Peugeot 208 and will include an electric variant.

3. Volkswagen Golf – 31,385 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Now this is interesting. Volkswagen Golf registrations are down 24.25 percent. We wonder if the T-Roc (11,940 registrations) has stolen sales from the evergreen family hatchback?

2. Ford Focus – 32,149 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Volkswagen’s loss gives Ford a one-two at the top of the table, with Focus registrations up 4.08 percent.

1. Ford Fiesta – 43,379 registrations

Best-selling cars 2019 so far

Which means the Ford Fiesta remains the country’s most popular car, although registrations are down 23.38 percent. Come back in six months to see if there are any significant changes when the full-year sales figures are in.

The best-selling car brands in the world

Best-selling car brands 2019

The proposed merger of Fiat Chrysler (FCA) and Renault would create an automotive powerhouse, as two giants of the motoring world join forces to take on the likes of Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors. The new company would be a “world leader in the rapidly changing automotive industry with a strong position in transforming technologies, including electrification and autonomous driving”, said FCA in a statement. Using data supplied by Focus2move, we can reveal the best-selling car brands of the year so far. All figures are for the first four months of 2019.

25. Isuzu Motors

Best-selling car brands 2019

Isuzu Motors just creeps into the top 25 with year-to-date sales of 116,930. The company is most famous for the D-Max pick-up, which is popular in the UK in both the commercial and lifestyle sectors.

24. JAC Motors

Best-selling car brands 2019

Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC) Group is a Chinese state-owned car manufacturer which was ranked 50th among the top 100 global automobile brands in 2018. It expects sales of new energy vehicles to account for 20 percent of its total sales volume by 2020 and 30 percent by 2025. Year-to-date sales are down 24.6 percent.

23. BYD Auto

Best-selling car brands 2019

BYD – or Build Your Dreams – is the world’s number one producer of plug-in vehicles globally, employing a quarter of a million people and shifting up to 30,000 pure EVs or plug-in hybrids in China every month. So far this year, BYD has shifted 153,182 cars, including 35,654 in April alone.

22. Chery Automobile

Best-selling car brands 2019

Chinese state-owned car manufacturer Chery is reportedly in talks with Tata Motors regarding a joint venture enabling it to enter the Indian market. The Chinese firm already has a similar relationship with Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover. Chery has sold 189,249 cars in 2019.

21. Dongfeng Motor

Best-selling car brands 2019

Dongfeng Motor is having a terrible year, slipping from 17th overall in 2018 to 21st so far in 2019. Year-to-date sales are down 44.1 percent to 223,439, but it has just announced sales of 13,549 in May, which is slightly up on May 2018.

20. BAIC Group

Best-selling car brands 2019

BAIC Group – or Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. Ltd – is a Chinese state-owned holding company of several car manufacturers with year-to-date sales of 256,323. This is down 20.9 percent on the same period in 2018. According to some sources, BAIC is hoping to secure a five percent stake in Daimler.

19. SAIC Motor

Best-selling car brands 2019

SAIC will be best known to UK consumers for its ownership of MG and Roewe. MG unveiled its first fully electric car at the London Motor Show, with the ZS EV hitting the streets later this year. MG has sold 272,747 cars in 2019.

18. Tata

Best-selling car brands 2019

Tata is a huge multinational conglomerate with fingers in many pies, boasting companies in aerospace, defence, steel, financial services and telecommunications. With year-to-date automotive sales of 273,221, Tata is ranked 18th on the list of best-selling car brands.

17. Great Wall

Best-selling car brands 2019

UK consumers might recognise the Great Wall name from the budget-driven Steed pick-up, but the Chinese company is a big player on the world stage. Indeed, Great Wall is China’s largest SUV and pick-up manufacturer, with year-to-date sales of 310,833.

16. Subaru

Best-selling car brands 2019

Subaru occupies a small niche in the UK, but with sales of 316,783, it’s ranked number 16 in the world. The company is hugely successful in the US, where the number of vehicles in operation has more than doubled in the past six years. Subaru reckons it will have around five million cars on US roads by 2024.

15. Changan

Best-selling car brands 2019

The Chinese state-owned Changan Automobile Group sells cars under the Changan brand and operates joint ventures with Ford, PSA, Mazda and Suzuki. It has sold 394,245 cars in 2019, but was recently forced to recall 19,070 Changan Ford Escorts due to a risk of fire in defective starter motors.

14. Mazda

Best-selling car brands 2019

We’re getting into the big numbers now, with Mazda the last company on the list to record sales of sub 500,000 so far in 2019. The Japanese firm has shifted 484,335, which is 11.7 percent down on the same period in 2018.

13. Geely Group

Best-selling car brands 2019

We recently ran a feature on Geely as it’s probably the biggest automotive brand you haven’t heard of. The Chinese giant – which owns the likes of Volvo, Lotus, Polestar and Proton – has sold 711,150 vehicles in 2019.

12. BMW

Best-selling car brands 2019

With year-to-date sales of 827,050, BMW enjoys a global market share of three percent. This puts it just behind its primary German rival…

11. Daimler

Best-selling car brands 2019

Dieter Zetsche has stepped down from his role of CEO of Daimler AG, with Ola Kaellenius taking the reins. The new CEO said he will cut development costs of new Mercedes cars by a significant amount and will forge new alliances to improve margins. Sales are down 3.9 percent to 848,252.

10. Suzuki

Best-selling car brands 2019

Suzuki Corporation sales are down seven percent to 862,400, with the company losing ground in India and Pakistan. On the plus side, sales are up 30 percent in Mexico.

9. PSA Group

Best-selling car brands 2019

The PSA Group – which includes Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall – has seen sales drop 12.3 percent to 1,154,494. The company is performing well in Spain and Italy, but sales are falling in Iran and China.

8. FCA Group

Best-selling car brands 2019

From a portfolio perspective the FCA Group is huge, featuring the likes of Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Alfa Romeo. But 2019 sales are down 6.8 percent to 1,406,670, which means the Renault merger could provide a much needed shot in the arm.

7. Honda Motor

Best-selling car brands 2019

The news at Honda is more positive, with 2019 sales up three percent to 1,573,457. Honda Motor Group also includes the U.S. arm Acura, but its best markets are India and China.

6. Ford Group

Best-selling car brands 2019

Ford sales are down 11.8 percent to 1,622,419, with the company struggling to perform in China and the UK.

5. Hyundai and Kia

Best-selling car brands 2019

Collectively, Hyundai, Kia and Genesis have amassed sales of 2,292,599 in 2019, a fall of 4.2 percent. Hyundai Group is performing well in Saudi Arabia, but has seen a steep decline in sales in China.

4. General Motors

Best-selling car brands 2019

General Motors has seen a woeful 14.8 percent decline in sales in 2019, but with Hyundai failing to capitalise, the American giant retains its fourth spot. GM, which has sold 2,463,971 cars so far, is struggling in China, Canada and Mexico, but performing better in Brazil and South Korea.

3. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi-Alliance

Best-selling car brands 2019

If this company joins forces with FCA, the combined sales will put it at the top of the global sales chart. For now, it must settle for third, with sales down 6.9 percent to 2,992,471. It’s doing well in the U.S. and Spain, but sales are down in China and Mexico.

2. Toyota Motor Corporation

Best-selling car brands 2019

The Toyota Motor Corporation, which also includes Lexus and Daihatsu, has sold 3,115,343 cars in 2019, an increase of 1.2 percent. Focus2move says the growth is being driven by strong sales in China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

1. Volkswagen Group

Best-selling car brands 2019

No prizes for guessing the company at the top of the tree, with the mighty Volkswagen Group shifting 3,296,440 cars in 2019. But it’s not all good news, mind, and with sales down seven percent, there’s nothing to say Toyota won’t overtake VW at some point in 2019. There’s also the FCA and Renault merger to consider…

All figures provided by Focus2move are correct at the time of writing.

Britain’s top 10 best-selling used cars

Britain’s used car market hit a record high in 2016, with 8.2 million cars sold – an increase of 7.3%. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show superminis are the best-selling type of used car, although the popularity of SUVs rose fastest. We’ll count down the top 10 most popular second-hand cars in the UK last year. Is yours among them?

10. Peugeot 206

The 1998-2006 Peugeot 206 seems ancient now, but it’s still among the UK’s top used sellers. A total of 126,176 changed hands last year.

The 206 was available as a three- or five-door hatchback, SW estate or CC convertible – the latter with a folding hard-top roof.

9. MINI

BMW launched MINI as a standalone marque in 2001, and it has been an unqualified success. Brits bought 143,066 used MINIs in 2016.

As well as emulating the original Mini’s styling, BMW also resurrected the ‘Cooper’ name – first used on sporty Minis in 1961. Today, the John Cooper Works is the flagship MINI.

8. Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen’s oh-so-sensible Polo is the UK’s eighth most popular used car. We bought 154,855 of them last year.

A new Polo will arrive at the end of 2017, just months after its arch-rival: the new Ford Fiesta. Volkswagen’s focus for the next-gen Polo is said to be improving quality and interior space.

7. Renault Clio

Trendy colours, touchscreen tech and affordable prices put the Renault Clio seventh in the used car chart. A total of 178,684 Brits bought one.

The Clio was first launched in 1990 and is now into its fourth generation. Memorable hot versions have included the Williams, 182 Trophy and mid-engined Clio V6.

6. BMW 3 Series

It’s an oft-quoted statistic that the 3 Series now outsells the Ford Mondeo. That’s also the case in the used market, with 211,656 examples of the BMW shifted in 2016.

One secret to the Three’s success is the sheer breadth of its range, from 330e plug-in hybrid to M3 super saloon. There really is a 3 Series to suit everyone.

5. Volkswagen Golf

‘If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen’ said the ads back in the 1980s. And car buyers clearly agree, with 262,623 used Golfs snapped up.

If you prefer to buy new, Volkswagen has just launched the facelifted Mk7.5 Golf – including an updated GTI. And that means some tempting deals on the outgoing car.

4. Vauxhall Astra

For the first time in recent memory, the Astra is a genuine rival for the Focus and Golf, with several five-star reviews to its name. Used Astras – including the GTC seen here – are very popular too: 298,540 were sold.

There are hundreds of second-hand Astras in the classifieds, so you can afford to be fussy. Consider the practical estate if you want a value-priced load lugger.

3. Vauxhall Corsa

The Corsa traditionally plays second-fiddle to the Ford Fiesta in the new car charts, and the same is true for buying used. It finishes third, with 352,899 sold.

We can’t get excited about the Corsa, but it’s cheap to buy and parts are plentiful. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol is our pick of the current engines.

2. Ford Focus

The Focus blew the ageing Escort out of the water when first launched in 1998, and was the UK’s best-selling car for the following decade. It remains the second most popular used car: 374,590 found new owners in 2016.

The Focus has always been enjoyable to drive, although it lacks the upmarket feel of the (admittedly costlier) VW Golf. A 1.0 Ecoboost petrol Zetec would be our choice.

1. Ford Fiesta

So, to the UK’s most popular used car – and it’s no surprise to discover the Ford Fiesta taking the top spot. This evergreen supermini was the choice of 381,519 buyers last year.

If the Focus is good to drive, the Fiesta is brilliant. And the ST hot hatch is simply sublime. Ford has set the bar high for the next Fiesta, which arrives this summer.

Revealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Revealed: the world’s best selling cars of 2016

Revealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016What were the world’s best-selling cars of 2016? Thanks to Focus2Move, we have the answers, as we reveal the most popular cars across the globe.

The F2M Global Mobility Database tracks over 3,500 vehicles sold in more than 1,500 countries, and includes light commercial vehicles. Here are the cars that made the top 10, presented in reverse order.

10. Toyota CamryRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 660,868

Toyota unveiled a new 2018 Camry at the Detroit Auto Show, and on this showing it can’t come soon enough. The Camry slides from 6th to 10th, with registrations down 11.5%.

9. Honda CivicRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 668,707

Compare and contrast with the admittedly smaller Honda Civic, which has seen an 18.7% increase in registrations, jumping from 17th to 9th in the process. We’ve driven the new Civic and are pleased to report it’s rather good.

8. Volkswagen PoloRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 704,062

There’s a new Volkswagen Polo on the way. In the meantime, registrations of the existing model are holding steady at just over 700,000 units.

7. Toyota RAV4Revealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 724,198

The Toyota RAV4 is the one member of the top 10 that always surprises us. It’s not that it’s a bad car, it’s just that it’s not exactly memorable either. Still, 724,198 people can’t be wrong. Can they?

6. Ford FocusRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 734,935

The Ford Focus recorded the biggest drop in the top 10, with registrations down 11.7% compared to the same period in 2015.

5. Honda CR-VRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 752,463

No such problems for the Honda CR-V, which sees a 5.7% increase compared to 2015, breaking into the top five in the process.

4. Hyundai ElantraRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 788,081

The Hyundai Elantra climbs one place, with registrations up 3.9%.

3. Volkswagen GolfRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 991,414

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen drops from second to third. A sign that people are waiting for the new Mk7.5 Golf? We’re driving the new Golf this week, so stay tuned for our initial thoughts.

2. Ford F-SeriesRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 993,779

For a vehicle that is sold predominantly in North America, this is quite a remarkable result. The Ford F-Series remains the best-loved pick-up and the second best-selling car in the world.

1. Toyota CorollaRevealed: the world’s best-selling cars of 2016

Registrations: 1,316,383

Which leaves the Toyota Corolla to cement its crown as the world’s most popular car. Registrations are down 3.6%, but Toyota is still able to shift 1.3 million units.

Figures courtesy of the F2M Global Mobility Database.

Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?From 1 April 2017, Vehicle Excise Duty – commonly known as road tax – is set for some major changes. If you’re looking to buy a new car in 2017, you really need to know about these and how they might affect you.

The headlines are: road tax will only be free for vehicles with zero emissions, there’s a new flat rate of £140 for the majority of cars from year two, along with a new £310 surcharge for cars costing more than £40,000. Here, we take a look at Britain’s best-selling cars to see how they’ll be affected by the changes. In all cases we’ve selected a popular engine for the comparisons and looked at the total cost over three years.

Peugeot 208 1.6 BlueHDi 75 Stop & Start: 79g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £0 over three years
From April 2017: £380 over three years

The Peugeot 208 was the 20th best-selling car of 2016, so there’s a fair chance it’ll be quite popular in 2017, too. Buy one with a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 Stop & Start engine on 31 March and you’ll pay nothing for the road tax. Buy one a day later and you’ll have forked out £380 in the first three years. Ouch.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid: 75g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £0 over three years
From April 2017: £305 over three years

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a hybrid supermini emitting just 75g/km CO2 would escape a hammering in the changes. But you’d be wrong, because the frugal Toyota Yaris Hybrid will be subject to a ‘showroom tax’ of £25 in the first year, followed by £140 for each year thereafter. Right now, the same car is tax exempt… for life.

BMW 1 Series 120d manual: 114g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £60 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

Using the current rates, all sub 130g/km CO2 cars are free of road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), to use its official name. From April 2017, only zero emissions cars costing less than £40,000 will be tax exempt. Thinking of buying a BMW 120d this year? You might want to place your order now.

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.4-litre Turbo: 140g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £390 over three years
From April 2017: £480 over three years

Although it’s not an exact science, the most efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles tend to be the hardest hit by the new rules. Buy something less efficient, such as a Mokka X with a 1.4-litre Turbo and the hammering isn’t quite so severe. The first year rate is up £70, but there’s a mere £5 penalty for each subsequent year.

Fiat 500 1.2-litre 69hp Eco: 99g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £0 over three years
From April 2017: £400 over three years

Anyone considering a Fiat 500 with the super-efficient 1.2-litre Eco engine really ought to place an order before the end of March. Rather than slotting into the cheapest VED band A, it moves up to the fifth tier, resulting in a £120 first year rate, before moving to the £140 flat rate.

Ford Kuga 2.0-litre TDCi: 122g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £220 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

Buy a Ford Kuga with a 2.0-litre TDCi today and you’ll pay no tax in the first year, before paying £110 from year two. From 1 April 2017, the three-year cost doubles, thanks, in part, to the £160 ‘showroom tax’.

BMW 3 Series 320i manual: 128g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £220 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

It’s a similar story for the BMW 320i, which is currently tax exempt in year one. We’d recommend buying an efficient petrol or diesel car before the end of March, but the issue isn’t as clear cut for gas guzzlers. In the least efficient ‘over 255g/km’ band, the ‘showroom tax’ goes up from £1,120 to £2,000, while the annual rate drops from £515 to £140. If you intend to keep a car for the long-term, it might be better to wait until April.

Nissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T 115: 128g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £220 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

The Nissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T 115 emits the same CO2 as the BMW 320i, meaning the rate of tax is exactly the same. However, under the new system, all cars above £40,000 will be subject to a £310 annual supplement for five years. This includes electric vehicles, meaning the Tesla Model S will no longer be tax exempt.

Kia Sportage 1.7-litre CRDI: 119g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £60 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

Currently, the Kia Sportage 1.7-litre CRDI sits in a band lower than the Nissan Juke 1.2 DIG-T 115, but from April 2017 they’ll be grouped in the same seventh tier. So while the three-year rate is the same, the jump is more severe in the Sportage.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 200d: 111g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £60 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

The increase is the same if you buy a Mercedes-Benz A-Class with the excellent 200d engine and fitted with 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels. Opt for the 16-inch wheels and the CO2 drops to 106g/km, saving you £20 in the first year. Meanwhile, the 180d emits just 89/gkm when riding on 16-inch rims, saving a further £40.

Audi A3 1.4-litre TFSI: 105g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £40 over three years
From April 2017: £420 over three years

Audi’s 1.4-litre TFSI engine is an excellent unit, but come April, it will no longer be a brilliant tax dodger. The annual rate increases from £20 to £140, while the ‘showroom tax’ is up from zero to £140.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class 220d manual: 103g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £40 over three years
From April 2017: £420 over three years

You’ll experience a similar hike if you buy a Mercedes-Benz C 220d with a manual gearbox. It’s worth pointing out that an increase of £20 or £40 in the first year isn’t likely to make a new car any less attractive. No, the real difference comes in year two, especially with cars that are moving from zero tax to the £140 flat rate.

MINI Cooper 1.5 petrol: 105g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £40 over three years
From April 2017: £420 over three years

MINI’s excellent 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is rather special. It also happens to be free of road tax in the first year and subject to a £20 fee from the second year. You’ll have to dig a little deeper from April 2017.

Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI: 128g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £220 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

Over three years, the rate of taxation for a Volkswagen Polo 1.2 TSI will double. We’d suggest buying one before the end of March.

Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Turbo: 124g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £220 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

We like the 1.4 Turbo engine in the new Vauxhall Astra, but it’s less attractive under the new tax rules. Of course, you might think the 82g/km CO2 1.6-litre CDTi would be a cheaper option, but in reality you’re only saving £60 in year one. From the second year, the rate is exactly the same.

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi: 99g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £0 over three years
From April 2017: £400 over three years

Ouch. You’re in for a shock if you’re buying Britain’s favourite crossover. Choose a Nissan Qashqai powered by the popular 1.5-litre dCi engine and you’ll be £400 out of pocket over three years. It’s worth remembering that the changes don’t affect any cars registered on or before 31 March 2017.

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDi BlueMotion: 106g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £40 over three years
From April 2017: £420 over three years

The only winners are buyers of electric and hydrogen vehicles costing less than £40,000, along with those buying a car with a big engine and intent on keeping it for many years. Choosing an efficient car such as a Golf BlueMotion and you’re likely to be out of pocket.

Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost: 108g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £40 over three years
From April 2017: £420 over three years

Many cars powered by 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines come in for criticism for their real-world fuel economy, but at least the cheap road tax is something you can rely on. Not from April 2017 you can’t…

Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 Turbo ecoFLEX: 115g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £60 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

Industry experts are predicting a bumper March, as buyers rush to beat the tax changes and grab a new 17-plate car in the process. You can expect many Vauxhall Corsas to be registered in March…

Ford Fiesta 1.25: 122g/km CO2Road tax 2017: how much more will Britain’s best-selling cars cost?

Pre-April 2017: £220 over three years
From April 2017: £440 over three years

Along with one or two Ford Fiestas. Our advice: if you’re seriously thinking of buying a new car in 2017, it’d pay to check how much you could save by registering it before the end of March. A few hundred quid in your back pocket is not to be sneezed at. For the new tax rates, take a look at our five-minute guide.

Hit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Hit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Hit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling carsFigures released today reveal that 2016 was yet another record year for the new car market, with registrations up 2.3% compared to 2015. Over the year, some 2,692,786 cars were registered in the UK. But it’s not all good news as the organisation behind the stats, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), says we could be in for a rocky ride in 2017.

Still, if you are thinking about buying a new car this year, it might be wise to read one of our reviews before parting with our cash. These are our verdicts on Britain’s top 10 best-selling cars.

Initials: AB (Andrew Brady), SC (Sean Carson), PB (Peter Burgess), JR (John Redfern), RA (Richard Aucock), TP (Tim Pitt).

10. Audi A3: 43,808 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

The AudI A3 remains the premium hatchback of choice, with more than 40,000 registrations in 2016. It helps, of course, that there’s no fewer than nine A3s to choose from, plus the introduction of a fire-cracking RS3 saloon in 2017.

Audi revamped its most popular model in 2016, giving it a new face and a pair of new TFSI petrol engines. Prices start from £19,365, but you’ll pay at least £40,670 for the S3 Cabriolet.

Audi A3: what we said

“It’s not the sort of car that necessarily appeals to the heart, but the A3 is a really well-polished contender in the popular premium C-segment. There are body styles to cater for everyone: three- and five-door hatches (the latter a ‘Sportback’ in Audi lingo), a cabriolet and even a saloon.

“Buy one (or, perhaps more likely, consider one as a company car), and you’ll be treated to the best interior in its class, a plethora of new tech to keep the iPhone generation happy, and sensible running costs. If you’re a keen driver, though, you might want to check out the BMW 1 Series.” AB

Read our Audi A3 review

9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class: 44,181 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

It’s not hard to find evidence of the popularity of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Simply head along the M4 corridor during rush hour and every other car appears to be a C-Class. It’s the only compact executive car to appear in the top ten.

Prices start from £28,545 for the saloon, but you can also opt for an estate, cabriolet and coupe. Oh, and let’s not forget the bonkers AMG versions.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class: what we said

“The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class firmly bats the ball back into BMW’s court. Appealing styling, a high quality interior, myriad clever systems and a much improved driving experience means the Merc gets closer to the 3 Series than ever.

“As we said, it can’t ultimately match it dynamically, but in most other areas the C-Class bests the BMW. With prices starting at £26,855, it’s around £300 more expensive than the equivalent 320i SE, but that’s really not that big a difference. Honours even on price, then.” SC

Read our Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

8. MINI: 48,328 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Sixteen years since the launch of the first BMW MINI rolled off the production line at Plant Oxford, it remains as popular as ever. More than 48,000 registrations in 2016 represented a commendable rise from the 47,076 registrations in 2015.

Adding a five-door version to the range was a stroke of genius, while sun-seekers can order a new MINI Convertible. Back in February, we flew to Los Angeles to try it out. Life can be tough…

MINI Convertible: what we said

“Logic tends to pay only a minor part in buying a car like this. No one needs a convertible, but if they want one, it had better look good. The new MINI Convertible certainly hits that target. It may be indistinguishable to some from the earlier versions, but that’s no bad thing. The design is timeless.

“And there is lots more to entice buyers who want just a bit of logic in their decision. The additional space for passengers and luggage is very welcome, there’s plenty of pleasing touchy-feeliness about the MINI, and as always, it’s great fun to drive.” PB

Read our MINI Convertible review

7. Volkswagen Polo: 54,448 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Objectively, the Volkswagen Polo is one of the best superminis you can buy. It might not be the most exciting car on the planet, but it’s favoured by those who put safety, practicality and dependability at the top of their list of priorities.

Surprisingly, it’s also cheaper than the ever-popular Ford Fiesta, with prices starting from just £11,635. Even the desirable Polo Match comes in at £13,070, while the Beats special edition could be yours for £14,020.

Volkswagen Polo GTI: what we said

Our very own John Redfern is a fan of the Volkswagen Polo, and he added a Flash Red GTI to his fleet in 2015. He said: “The Polo GTI has often (unfairly) had to live in the shadow of its bigger Golf brother, but I’ve always been a fan of the underdog.

“Plus, with the ever-increasing size of cars on our roads, the latest Polo GTI is virtually identical in dimensions to the hallowed Mk2 Golf GTI. Could that make for an interesting matchup?!” JR

Read about the Volkswagen Polo GTI

6. Vauxhall Astra: 60,719 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Once upon a time, the loudest noise you’d hear at a car rental check-in desk was the collective sigh of disappointment as the keys to a Vauxhall Astra were handed to the unlucky tourist. Today, all that has changed, as new Astra is properly good.

No surprise, then, that Vauxhall registered more Astras in 2016 than it did in 2015. LED Matrix headlights, a so-called ‘wellness’ seat and in-car wifi are just some of the features that would have been alien to Astra drivers of old.

Vauxhall Astra: what we said

“If you’re familiar with, and unimpressed by, today’s disappointingly old-Vauxhall Astra, prepare to be surprised: the new one is a huge improvement. It’s nicer to look at, nicer to drive and much nicer to sit in. With the extra infotainment tech Vauxhall’s launched on it, the new Astra can even claim sector-unique appeal.

“There’s still a bit of an image problem to overcome, but the new car’s considerable additional appeal should help enormously here. From being a meek also-ran, it’s now a much more competitive alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus – with the ability to edge them in some key areas that could sway buying decisions.” RA

Read our Vauxhall Astra review

5. Nissan Qashqai: 62,682 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Britain’s most popular crossover is – thanks to the absence of the Vauxhall Mokka from this year’s top ten – the only one of its kind to appear on the list. It might not be the first crossover (sorry, Nissan), but in the space of a decade, the Qashqai has become the brand generic.

Subjectively, it’s no longer the best in class. We’d consider the likes of the SEAT Ateca, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage before the Qashqai. Come next year, it’ll also have the new Mazda CX-5 to contend with.

Nissan Qashqai: what we said

“A Qashqai doesn’t make for an exciting purchase, but it is a really easy-to-live-with crossover that will tick all the boxes for many families. There are more interesting rivals out there, but the Qashqai is a quality all-round package.” AB

Read our Nissan Qashqai review

4. Volkswagen Golf: 69,492 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

A top four finish puts the Golf in the same position it achieved in 2015. But read behind the lines and you’ll discover that the 69,492 registrations recorded in 2016 is around 4,000 short of 2015’s total.

The Mk8 Volkswagen Golf can’t come soon enough. Meanwhile, we drove a rather tasty Golf GTI Clubsport S…

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S: what we said

“Realistically, we’d probably be swayed at the last minute by the Golf R and its passenger-carrying and greasy-road tackling abilities over a Clubsport S. Alternatively, if it’s a track car you’re after, £33,995 (before options) buys you a myriad of more focussed possibilities.

“But if you’re a hardcore Golf GTI fan – and can somehow get on the waiting list (good luck with that) – the Golf Clubsport S is arguably the ultimate fast Vee-dub. We’d be mighty jealous of your purchase.” AB

Read our Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S review

3. Ford Focus: 70,545 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

Wow. If you thought the Golf had a bad year, the Ford Focus has fallen well short of its 2015 total of 83,816 registrations.

On the plus side, we started the year by driving the new Focus RS, which set the tone for a vintage year of performance cars. Meanwhile, in the autumn, we drove the new Focus ST-Line…

Ford Focus ST-Line: what we said

“Everybody loves a fast Ford. And while the Focus ST-Line isn’t technically, um, fast, it looks the part. For many, that will be reason enough to buy one.

“Importantly, ST-Line trim doesn’t detract from the Focus’s traditional strengths: agile handling, decent comfort and practicality, and an attractive price-tag (especially after discount). If you’re in the market for a C-segment car, it should definitely be on your shortlist.” TP

Read our Ford Focus ST-Line review

2. Vauxhall Corsa: 77,110 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

In 2015, some 92,077 Corsas were registered in the UK, so Vauxhall’s most popular model fell well short in 2016. Frankly, it’s been a miserable year for the cars in the top four.

Which is a tad unfair on the Vauxhall Corsa, as the current version is streets ahead of its predecessors. The 1.0-litre turbocharged engine is a peach, while the interior is a league above the cabin you’ll find in the Fiesta. You’ll also discover that the supermini has some rather grown-up features.

Vauxhall Corsa: what we said

“The new Vauxhall Corsa is a very likeable car. We were worried at first that it’d be too similar to its predecessor, and certainly a bit more on the design front would have been welcome, but to drive it feels all-new.

“As such, we’d have no hesitation recommending a Corsa to anyone looking for a supermini – something we’d have struggled to say in the past. While it may still not quite have the edge over rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, it’s closer than ever before.” AB

Read our Vauxhall Corsa review

1. Ford Fiesta: 120,525 registrationsHit or miss? Our verdict on the UK’s best-selling cars

No prizes for guessing the best-selling car of 2016. It is, of course, the Infiniti QX30. No wait, not that, it’s the Ford Fiesta.

Numbers might be down compared to 2015, but with a new model waiting in the wings, Ford won’t be feeling too glum this January. The new Fiesta range will feature an upmarket Vignale trim level and a new Active crossover. In 2016, we drove the Fiesta ST200…

Ford Fiesta ST200: what we said

“We’ll make no bones about it – we’re huge fans of the Fiesta ST200. We nearly stopped off at a Ford dealer on the way home, that’s how much we enjoyed driving it.

“It’s the ultimate Fiesta ST, which itself is the ultimate affordable hot hatch (and arguably more fun than bigger hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI). It looks great in Storm Grey, and you’ll be given a great deal of kudos turning up at fast Ford meets in one. You could almost look at it as an investment.” AB

Read our Ford Fiesta ST200 review

The best-selling cars around the world

The best-selling cars around the world

The best-selling cars around the worldThe Ford Fiesta has been the best-selling car in the UK for what seems like an eternity, but what about the cars doing the business in other countries? Thanks to data sourced from the Best Selling Car Blog, let us take you on a whistle-stop tour of the world as we discover the most popular cars of November 2016.

USA: Ford F-Series (72,089 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

Few things in life are guaranteed, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the Ford F-Series will remain at the top of the US sales chart. Registrations are up 11% compared to November 2015, with the car in second spot – the Chevrolet Silverado – shifting a ‘mere’ 45,280 units.

China: Haval H6 (70,292 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

For the first time in Chinese history, more than one million SUVs are sold in a single month, reports the Best Selling Cars Blog. Meanwhile, saloons are down 0.1% and MPVs are down 19%, as China mirrors the trends seen across the world. The Haval H6 is quick to take advantage, overtaking the Wuling Hongguang to claim top spot. Registrations are up 74% compared to November 2015.

India: Maruti Suzuki Alto (23,320 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

Maruti Suzuki dominates the sales charts in India, with no fewer than seven models found in the top ten. Sitting pretty at the top with 23,320 registrations is the Maruti Suzuki Alto, while the more familiar Swift, Baleno and Celerio also appear near the top.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf (17,841 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

The Volkswagen Golf remains the meister in Deutschland, but registrations are down 16% compared to the same period in 2015. Overall, Volkswagen’s year-to-date registrations have shrunk by 3%, but it does manage to fill 40% of the top ten. Creeping into the top ten, with registrations up 29%, is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Japan: Nissan Note (15,784 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

In Japan, the charts are split into two groups: standard cars and kei cars. Overall, the Nissan Note is the best-seller, thanks largely to the launch of the new e-Power variant. Registrations are up a huge 144%, seeing it rise from 30th to 1st, toppling the Toyota Prius in the process.

Brazil: Chevrolet Onix (15,700 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

For the second consecutive year, the Chevrolet Onix is set to cement its position as the most popular car in Brazil. Meanwhile, the Jeep Compass – still fresh from its global debut in Brazil – jumps from 75th to 23rd position. Does this point to wider success for the Brazilian-built SUV?

Italy: Fiat Panda (13,197 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

The Fiat Panda remains numero uno in Italy, but the star performer is its larger sibling – the Fiat Tipo. Registrations are up 3,276%, seeing the Tipo jump from 14th to 4th in November. The estate version is now the best-selling car in its segment, ahead of the Audi A4, Volkswagen Passat and Peugeot 308.

Canada: Ford F-Series (11,273 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

As the Best Selling Car Blog points out, pick-ups are the dominant force in Canada, with the Ford F-Series, Ram Pick-up and GMC Sierra up 37%, 16% and 20% respectively. In common with the US, the F-Series is by far and away the leading vehicle, with 135,422 registrations in 2016.

France: Renault Clio (10,163 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

As you’d expect, the top ten in France is dominated by French cars, with the Renault Clio sitting pretty at the summit. Meanwhile, the new Megane slots in at number six with 4,793 registrations, while the new 3008 makes its debut with 4,476 units, enough to earn it a seventh place slot.

South Korea: Kia Morning (9,256 registrations)The best-selling cars around the world

If the Kia Morning looks familiar, it’s because you’ll know it as the Kia Picanto. It’s the first time the city car has topped the South Korean charts since November 2014.

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League of nations: the world’s best-selling cars

League of nations: the world’s best-selling cars

League of nations: the world’s best-selling cars

The Ford Fiesta has been the best-selling car in the UK for what seems like an eternity, but what about the cars doing the business in other countries? Thanks to data sourced from the Best Selling Car Blog, let us take you on a whistle-stop tour of the world as we discover the most popular cars of September 2016.

USA: Ford F-Series (67,809 registrations)

Big country, big pick-up, massive numbers. In September, Ford shifted nearly 68,000 units of its mighty F-Series pick-up, a full 20,000 more than its nearest rival. The running total: close to 600,000 units in 2016 alone. There’s no stopping this thing, in more ways than one.

Germany: Volkswagen Golf (22,244 registrations)

No surprise to see the Volkswagen Golf sitting at the top of the tree in Germany, but the big news is that, compared to the same period last year, registrations are down 17%. Something for Volkswagen to ponder, although it does build four out of the top five sellers in Germany.

Japan: Honda N-Box (20,406 registrations)

 

Japan: Honda N-Box (20,406 registrations)

The Best Selling Cars Blog splits the data for Japan into three groups: standard road cars, kei cars and foreign models. The Honda N-Box tops the kei car table with 20,406 registrations, which is a few hundred more than best-selling regular car, the Toyota Prius.

UK: Ford Fiesta (19,769 registrations)

Meanwhile, here in Blighty, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-selling car, with 19,769 registrations in September. If only everything in life was as predictable as the Ford Fiesta being at the top.

Canada: Ford F-Series (15,659 registrations)

September was a record-breaking month for the Ford F-Series – the fourth time in 2016 it has broken its own record. An increase of 21% puts it miles ahead of the cars in second and third place – the Ram pick-up and Honda Civic.

Italy: Fiat Panda (12,277 registrations)

Italy: Fiat Panda (12,277 registrations)

There’s something deeply satisfying about the fact that the Fiat Panda is the most popular car in Italy. That said, sales are down 7.9% compared with the same period last year – the only car in the top ten to experience a drop.

France: Renault Clio (9,024 registrations)

All but one of the cars in the top ten are French, with the Renault Clio finishing September just ahead of its closest rival, the Peugeot 208. Meanwhile, Citroen sales are down across the board, so it will be hoping the new C3 supermini makes an immediate impact when it hits the streets.

Indonesia: Toyota Calya (8,832 registrations)

Here’s a name you might not be familiar with: the Toyota Calya. It’s built by Astra Daihatsu in Indonesia and is essentially a rebadged Daihatsu Sigra compact MPV.

Russia: Kia Rio (8,014 registrations)

Russia: Kia Rio (8,014 registrations)

The Lada Granta has to make do with second place, as the Kia Rio saloon maintains its position as the most popular car in Russia. A new version (pictured) was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

South Korea: Hyundai Santa Fe (7,451 registrations)

It’s been a while since the Hyundai Santa Fe topped the sales charts in South Korea – July 2015, to be precise – but it climbs to the top despite falling sales. That’s because new car sales in South Korea are down 14% year-on-year, meaning the Santa Fe’s modest 2% fall in sales was less severe than many cars in the top ten.

Pakistan: Toyota Corolla (4,405 registrations)

It was only a matter of time before the Toyota Corolla got a mention. It remains the dominant car in Pakistan, despite a 181% increase in sales for the Honda Civic. The Civic was the only car in the top seven to record an increase in September.

Australia: Mazda 3 (3,491 registrations)

Australia: Mazda 3 (3,491 registrations)

Variety is the spice of life, and as we head ‘down under’ we find the Mazda 3 has returned to the top of the tree for the first time since January. It’s an incredibly tight top ten, with just 1,302 units separating the Mazda 3 in first and the Hyundai Accent in tenth.

Argentina: Toyota Hilux (3,088 registrations)

The Toyota Hilux is incredibly popular in South America and Africa, as highlighted by its peak position in Argentina. It climbs above the Brazilian-built Volkswagen Gol to grab top spot.

South Africa: Toyota Hilux (3,063 registrations)

Overall sales are on the decline in South Africa, with registrations down 14% year-on-year. The Best Selling Car Blog reports new car prices have soared 18% compared to the same period last year, prompting many consumers to consider used alternatives. Meanwhile, the Toyota Hilux remains the best-seller.

Turkey: Fiat Egea (2,907 registrations)

Turkey: Fiat Egea (2,907 registrations)

The new Fiat Tipo is built in Turkey, where it wears the Egea badge. Overall, the Turkish new car market is up 6% year-on-year.

Spain: Renault Clio (2,065 registrations)

This will never do: not only has the SEAT Leon been knocked off its perch by the Renault Clio, it has also been overtaken by the Volkswagen Polo. The Leon was the best-selling car in Spain in 2015, with the Ibiza finishing second.

Czech Republic: Skoda Octavia (2,022 registrations)

In the same way that SEAT should be number one in Spain, you’d expect Skoda to be the number one brand in the Czech Republic. So it won’t surprise you to discover the Octavia, Fabia, Rapid and Superb take the first four places.

Sweden: Volkswagen Golf (1,910 registrations)

Sweden: Volkswagen Golf (1,910 registrations)

Volvo is the top brand in Sweden (as it should be), but the Volkswagen Golf is the best-selling car. At the opposite end of the table, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Lotus sold one car each.

Colombia: Renault Sandero (1,663 registrations)

The Renault Sandero – aka the Dacia Sandero in the UK – is the number one car in Colombia, edging above the Chevrolet Sail and Chevrolet Spark.

Vietnam: Kia Morning (1,641 registrations)

You’ll know the Kia Morning as the Kia Picanto. In Vietnam, the highest-spec model is known as the Top-of-the Morning. Probably.

Romania: Dacia Logan (1,456 registrations)

Romania: Dacia Logan (1,456 registrations)

The figures might be small, but the rate of growth is astonishing. The Best Selling Cars Blog is reporting a 69% increase in August, followed by a 62% in September. The Dacia Logan is number one with 1,456 registrations, followed by the Duster with 404.

Poland: Skoda Octavia (1,416 registrations)

The Polish new car market is buoyant and the Skoda Octavia has taken full advantage. September registrations were up 54% compared to September 2015, with overall sales up 17.2% year-on-year.

Netherlands: Opel Corsa (1,061 registrations)

Opel scored a one-two-three in the Netherlands, with the Corsa edging ahead of the Astra by 10 units. But while Opel blossoms, the rest of the new car market stutters, with the Best Selling Car Blog reporting a 4% fall in registrations.

Switzerland: Skoda Octavia (1,003 registrations)

Switzerland: Skoda Octavia (1,003 registrations)

The Volkswagen Golf, so long the dominant force in Switzerland, has slipped to third place, with the Skoda Octavia the first to capitalise on its poor performance. Meanwhile, the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan has risen to number two.

Norway: Volkswagen Golf (996 registrations)

The Volkswagen Golf might be number one in Norway, but the headline act is the Tesla Model X. The new electric SUV is mimicking the success of the Model by storming the sales charts with 601 registrations in September.

Denmark: Peugeot 208 (920 registrations)

We’re not talking big numbers in Denmark, but it’s the Peugeot 208 that drives home with the bacon. Registrations are up 31% compared to the same period in 2015.

New Zealand: Ford Ranger (761 registrations)

New Zealand: Ford Ranger (761 registrations)

Further proof that the pick-up is top dog in the Southern Hemisphere, with the Ford Ranger sitting pretty in New Zealand. The Best Selling Car Blog is reporting “the highest ever September score and second highest monthly score in the history of the automobile”. The new car business is booming in NZ.

Hungary: Suzuki Vitara (417 registrations)

The Suzuki Vitara is built at the Magyar Suzuki plant in Hungary, so it’s only right that it should be a big-seller in its homeland. Indeed, Suzuki accounts for four of the five best-sellers in Hungary, with the Skoda Octavia gatecrashing the party at number two.

Greece: Opel Corsa (295 registrations)

Not great figures in Greece, although Opel will be delighted to see the Corsa making a return to the top spot. Some perspective: in September, Bentley registered more cars in the UK than the total new car sales in Greece…

Republic of Ireland: Volkswagen Golf (241 registrations)

Republic of Ireland: Volkswagen Golf (241 registrations)

Meanwhile, in Ireland, it’s a one-two-three for Volkswagen, with the Golf, Passat and Tiguan claiming the podium positions.

Slovenia: Volkswagen Golf (202 registrations)

Yes, it’s the Volkswagen Golf again…

Croatia: Volkswagen Golf (130 registrations)

And again.

Venezuela: Toyota Hilux (60 registrations)

Venezuela: Toyota Hilux (60 registrations)

We conclude our whistle-stop tour of selected nations in Venezuela, where the previous generation Toyota Hilux is the most popular vehicle. The new car sales chart – for what it is – is dominated by light commercial vehicles, along with an appearance from the brilliantly-named Mack Granite. Five Granites were registered in September – strong stuff.

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Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Falling stars: the cars you no longer loveIt’s no surprise to see the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf ranked as the world’s best-selling cars in the first half of 2016, but what about the cars that are out of favour? Using data sourced from the Focus2Move Global Mobility Database, we can reveal the cars that have recorded the biggest fall in sales over the past six months. We’ll present the list in reverse order.

20. Hyundai Sonata: sales down 6.1%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Hyundai actually shifted over 190,000 Sonata models in the first half of 2016, but that’s still a drop of 6.1% compared with the same period last year. The Sonata is built in South Korea, the United States and China, but is no longer available in the UK.

=18. Fiat 500: sales down 8.3%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Is the world falling out of love with the Fiat 500? Although you would hardly call 111,914 sales in the first half of 2016 a disaster, it does see Fiat’s chic supermini falling from 76th to 89th position in the best-selling cars chart. Perhaps Fiat needs to launch a few more special editions, said nobody, ever.

18. Volkswagen Tiguan: sales down 8.3%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Volkswagen’s new Tiguan (pictured) can’t come soon enough. The previous model was on borrowed time and with buyers waiting for the all-new version, sales were sure to decline. That said, Volkswagen still managed to shift 233,242 units in the first six months of 2016.

17. Baojun 730: sales down 8.8%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

It might sound like something you’d jump aboard to fly to the Costa del Sol, but the Baojun 730 is actually a seven-seat MPV built by a joint venture involving SAIC, General Motors and Wuling. The 730 features a 2+2+3 seating configuration and is said to be able to accommodate three adults on the back row. The suspension was tuned by Lotus. Fancy.

16. Hyundai Elantra: sales down 9.7%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

The Hyundai Elantra dates back to 1990 and today it’s the fifth best-selling car in the world. A 9.7% fall in sales sees the Elantra drop from 402,526 units in the first half of 2015 to 363,490 in the same period in 2016. Big numbers.

15. Wuling Hong Guang: sales down 9.8%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Rumour has it, Wuling would have sold more Hong Guang units if potential buyers could remember how to pronounce it. In truth, the Hong Guang is probably the best-selling car you’ve never heard of, with 294,313 sales making it the 13th most popular car in the world.

14. BMW 3 Series: sales down 10.1%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Is this more evidence of the world’s obsession with crossovers and SUVs? The BMW 3 Series might be the best-selling premium compact saloon of all-time, but a 10.1% drop in sales sees it slip from 40th place in 2015 to 58th in 2016. Just over 147,000 sales results in the 3 Series being sandwiched by the Ford Edge and Kia Sorento.

13. Hyundai i20: sales down 10.3%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Another car on the slide is the Hyundai i20, despite the current version only arriving in 2014. Hyundai will be hoping the brand’s sponsorship of a certain football tournament will result in increased sales for supermini.

12. Honda City: sales down 10.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

The Honda City is a proper world car. The compact saloon is built in Brazil, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. Based on that list, Honda might consider renaming the City as the Country.

11. Ford EcoSport: sales down 10.5%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Proof that the crossover tag doesn’t guarantee success. The lacklustre Ford EcoSport has seen sales fall by 10.5% in the first half of 2016, with 115,901 cars finding ‘loving’ homes. Production of European-spec EcoSport models is set to shift from India to Romania.

=9. Chevrolet Equinox: sales down 11.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Boasting a face only a mother could love, the Chevrolet Equinox is a Canadian-built compact SUV with a choice of two petrol engines. We’d opt for the 3.6-litre V6 unit, which offers a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds and the not-so-small matter of 301 hp. Who needs a pretty face when you’re packing that kind of punch?

=9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class: sales down 11.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

In the first half of 2015, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the 30th most popular car in the world. In 2016, the C-Class has fallen to joint 43rd. In common with the BMW 3 Series, is this a sign that people are switching to crossovers? Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW have bolstered their range of crossovers and SUVs.

8. Toyota Camry: sales down 11.7%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Overall, the Toyota Camry is the eighth best-selling car in the world, but when you’re flying high, there’s further to fall. The same time last year, the Camry was sitting pretty in sixth position, but sales have dropped from 384,421 to 339,611 in the first half of 2016. According to Toyota, the Camry “demands respect at every corner.” No, we’re not sure what that means either.

7. Honda Fit: sales down 12.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

You’ll know the Honda Fit as the Honda Jazz, the third generation of which was introduced in 2013. The Fit is another world car, assembled in the likes of Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Taiwan. Sales are on the decline, so perhaps Honda should think about introducing a Fit Type R. Then again…

6. Maruti Alto: sales down 14.5%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

“The best moments are the moments of freedom. Now experience the improved engineering with stunning design of the new Alto 800, which gives you the freedom to go anywhere and anytime with your loved ones.” With ad copy like that, we’re surprised to see Alto sales falling by 14.5%.

5. Volkswagen Passat: sales down 15.6%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Look at this: yet another saloon car falling from grace. Overall, the Volkswagen Passat has slipped from 12th to 19th place in the list of best-selling cars, with a 15.6% drop in sales. Total sales for the first half of 2016: 258,927.

4. Ford Focus: sales down 16.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

This is big news. Sales of the ever-popular Ford Focus have fallen from 439,584 in the first half of 2015 to 367,479 in the same period this year. That sound you’re hearing is the frantic shuffling of Ford bosses as they search for the panic button.

3. Kia Pride: sales down 18.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

For Kia Pride read: Kia Rio in Europe. An 18.4% drop in sales has seen the Kia Pride slip to 97th place in the table. Perhaps Kia should think about re-introducing the whitewall tyres found on the first generation Pride, which was based on the Mazda 121/Ford Festiva.

2. Ford Fiesta: sales down 20.6%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

The UK’s best-selling car has seen global sales fall by 20.6% in the first half of 2016. In terms of units, that’s a drop from 302,850 in 2015 to 240,447 in 2016. Don’t be too downhearted, Ford – the Fiesta ST remains the hot hatch of choice.

1. Chevrolet Cruze: sales down 21.4%Falling stars: the cars you no longer love

Cruisin’ for a bruisin’ will be the sales team responsible for shifting the Chevrolet Cruze. Half year sales of 287,767 in 2015 put the Cruze in 16th position overall, but a 21.4% drop has seen the Chevy drop to 25th.