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What was the best-selling car in February?

Last month's new car sales figures showed an increase in registrations of 26.4 per cent, according to the latest figures from the SMMT.

During February a total of 68,686 cars were registered, which is an increase of 14,327 on February 2009. Although welcome, the rise follows a particularly poor February 2009, being the shortest month of the year, it's traditionally the weakest for car sales. Plus many buyers put off buying until the March registration plate change. It was 1.9 per cent lower than February 2008.

The trend of small cars dominating the top 10 continues. The largest car in the Top 10 was the BMW 3-Series, while the largest cars from Vauxhall and Ford are the Astra and Focus.

The SMMT forecasts that 2010 is expected to recover slightly, with volumes expected to push above 360,000 units for the new ‘10' plate. Over the past decade, March has been the strongest month for new car registrations, accounting for 17.8% of annual registrations. 

Much of the March recovery will be attributable to scrappage and the scheme accounted for 19.6% of the market in February. Final orders through the scheme must be made by the end of March, or sooner if funds run out. The scheme's impact will diminish during Q2 with market decline expected in the second half of 2010.

It also predicts that new car demand will be building up, after a sustained period of hold-off, but with economic recovery still fragile and uncertainty over the impacts of the Budget in March and a general election in Spring, the outlook for registrations in 2010 is subdued and cautious, with an expected decline of almost 10% to 1.82 million units.

 

February 2010 Top Ten 

1 Ford Fiesta 3,236

2 Ford Focus 3,035

3 Volkswagen Golf 2,586

4 Vauxhall Astra 2,524

5 Vauxhall Corsa 2,391

6 Hyundai i10 1,938

7 VW Polo 1,900

8 BMW 3 Series 1,599

9 Kia Picanto 1,573

10 Peugeot 207 1,422

 

Sales figures in full

MARQUE

Feb 2010

2010 to date

Abarth

33

101

Alfa Romeo

224

598

Aston Martin

27

79

Audi

2,957

10,849

Bentley

26

107

BMW

3,141

8,359

Cadillac

3

6

Chevrolet

500

1,612

Chrysler

22

140

Citroen

2,701

7,650

Corvette

0

0

Daihatsu

27

49

Daimler

0

0

Dodge

30

51

Fiat

1,752

5,724

Ford

9,915

32,043

Honda

1,663

5,994

Hummer

0

0

Hyundai

3,007

10,279

Infiniti

1

13

Jaguar

266

1,307

Jeep

89

259

Kia

3,366

8,396

Land Rover

804

3,322

Lexus

91

735

Lotus

18

44

Mazda

1,587

4,449

Mercedes-Benz

1,923

6,094

MG

8

30

MINI

973

3,108

Mitsubishi

396

938

Nissan

2,098

7,851

Opel

0

0

Perodua

29

86

Peugeot

3,533

11,912

Porsche

106

566

Proton

50

117

Renault

3,559

9,402

Saab

84

212

SEAT

904

3,196

Skoda

1,574

4,428

smart

336

760

Ssangyong

18

31

Subaru

69

287

Suzuki

778

1,839

Toyota

3,439

10,785

Vauxhall

7,950

23,953

Volkswagen

7,132

22,099

Volvo

1,378

4,024

Other British

64

161

Other Imports

35

120

Total

68,686

214,165


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