Top 10: Best-selling cars in March 2021

New car registrations have grown, with 283,964 new cars hitting UK roads in March – 29,280 more than in the same month last year, according to figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The 11.5 per cent growth, however, is compared to March 2020 — which saw the introduction of the first Covid-19 lockdown. It caused sales to plummet by 44.4 per cent compared to 2019. Sales last month also remained more than a third (36.9 per cent) lower than the 10-year March average, as showrooms remain closed (until 12 April) under the rules of the third coronavirus lockdown.

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Vauxhall Corsa - 7927 registered

The Corsa is about as British as sausage and mash. Vauxhall's little hatchback is cheap to fuel, well-equipped and easy to drive. It isn't a bad looking thing either, making it a great all-rounder. It can’t match the Ford Fiesta for fun behind the wheel or the practicality of the SEAT Ibiza, nor is it as premium as rivals inside. Yet, nearly 8000 Corsa sold in March 2021 — so that obviously doesn't put too many buyers off.

Read our review of the Vauxhall Corsa

Comments

hissingsid    on 8 April 2021

We are always being told that crossovers are the biggest growth sector of the new car market, yet only two made it into the top ten best sellers, the Qashqai at number 5 and the Puma at number 9.

   on 8 April 2021

You really would have thought that Covid might have taught the halfwits that supporting their country.was very important But no,they still want to keep foreign workers in their jobs,those who pay no |Nat Insurance or Tax in this country,nor spend any of their salaries here.Despite the latest Which report that confirms what JD Power and AutoExpress have been saying for years,namely that German cars are no better than those manufactured here,and in many cases are less reliable,they go on buying them for prestige.image and status reasons. Add to that,in spite of VW having had to recall millions of cars for fraud(=theft),being fined millions of euros and dollars,problems with a DSG gearbox,problems with a 1.6TSI engine,all well documented, still they go on buying them.I repeat halfwits

John of Gloster    on 8 April 2021

Have to agree. We've become the TOP NATION determined to continue in full self-inflicted mode. Ably assisted by our "We're cleverer than you Plebs" MSM. Main Stream Media with their negative anti-British slant on just about anything. Yes Cars made in UK just one harmful aspect of the MSM anti-Brit negativity. Here I particularly have in mind the Guaranteed Revenue Stream Broadcasting Organ former known as the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation.

Not just Herr Clarkson and his incessant brainwashing, often with a mockingly disrespectful poor imitation of a Black Country accent, even his rodent sidekick allowed a loud vociferous outburst "MGFs ARE RUBBISH" on Clarkson's version of BBC's Top Gear broadcast ... to the world.

Any wonder your "I repeat halfwits" will continue to cluelessly form long queues to pay over the odds for BMWs and other foreign stuff which is good for the economy, sustaining good jobs and careers. However, not in the UK!

Looking on the bright side, my immediate next door neighbour has recently taken delivery of a nice new MG EV. It stands where previously his Mercedes or Lexus once stood.

Yes, he's very pleased with it. All well and good except :~


Made in The Peoples Republic of China. Not Longbridge in the West Midlands. No end to it.

VINCENT MILLARD    7 days ago

Have to agree. We've become the TOP NATION determined to continue in full self-inflicted mode. Ably assisted by our "We're cleverer than you Plebs" MSM. Main Stream Media with their negative anti-British slant on just about anything. Yes Cars made in UK just one harmful aspect of the MSM anti-Brit negativity. Here I particularly have in mind the Guaranteed Revenue Stream Broadcasting Organ former known as the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation.

Not just Herr Clarkson and his incessant brainwashing, often with a mockingly disrespectful poor imitation of a Black Country accent, even his rodent sidekick allowed a loud vociferous outburst "MGFs ARE RUBBISH" on Clarkson's version of BBC's Top Gear broadcast ... to the world.

Any wonder your "I repeat halfwits" will continue to cluelessly form long queues to pay over the odds for BMWs and other foreign stuff which is good for the economy, sustaining good jobs and careers. However, not in the UK!

Looking on the bright side, my immediate next door neighbour has recently taken delivery of a nice new MG EV. It stands where previously his Mercedes or Lexus once stood.

Yes, he's very pleased with it. All well and good except :~


Made in The Peoples Republic of China. Not Longbridge in the West Midlands. No end to it.

The Only reason the UKs best Designed EV (MG ZS EV) is now made in China and India, is because your Halfwits believed the German Propagandas and didn't buy enough of the excellent and reliable MG6, Designed, developed and made entirely at Longbridge, by the way also BTCC Champs for 3 Years!

All MG Motors are Designed and developed at Longbridge and the Factory is still usable, just waiting for Sales Volumes to necessitate it's rebirth! So go out and Fly at least Half of the Flag.

VINCENT MILLARD    7 days ago

Have to agree. We've become the TOP NATION determined to continue in full self-inflicted mode. Ably assisted by our "We're cleverer than you Plebs" MSM. Main Stream Media with their negative anti-British slant on just about anything. Yes Cars made in UK just one harmful aspect of the MSM anti-Brit negativity. Here I particularly have in mind the Guaranteed Revenue Stream Broadcasting Organ former known as the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation.

Not just Herr Clarkson and his incessant brainwashing, often with a mockingly disrespectful poor imitation of a Black Country accent, even his rodent sidekick allowed a loud vociferous outburst "MGFs ARE RUBBISH" on Clarkson's version of BBC's Top Gear broadcast ... to the world.

Any wonder your "I repeat halfwits" will continue to cluelessly form long queues to pay over the odds for BMWs and other foreign stuff which is good for the economy, sustaining good jobs and careers. However, not in the UK!

Looking on the bright side, my immediate next door neighbour has recently taken delivery of a nice new MG EV. It stands where previously his Mercedes or Lexus once stood.

Yes, he's very pleased with it. All well and good except :~


Made in The Peoples Republic of China. Not Longbridge in the West Midlands. No end to it.

Actually read my comment below! And BMW do make a lot of the Electrical parts that do make the cars reliable in, (drum roll) THE UK!

Chris Ottewell    on 8 April 2021

I buy the best car for my needs - NOT specifically to support anyone. That said I am delighted that the best car for me at present happens to be a Jaguar XE made in Coventry!

VINCENT MILLARD    7 days ago

I buy the best car for my needs - NOT specifically to support anyone. That said I am delighted that the best car for me at present happens to be a Jaguar XE made in Coventry!

Indian owner!

connollyt    3 days ago

we dont make jaguar cars in my city of coventry anymore a shame

HASHMUKHLAL AMLIWALA    7 days ago

Totally agree. Buy the best car for your needs and pleasure. Have had them all, Merc, Ford, Vauxhall, Honda, Jaguar.
Would never buy BMW or VW. Have got a SangYong Korando after my last Jag XJ6. Love the Korando. Great to drive and great value for money and great comfort with unbelievable tech.
Do not take heed of any Clarkson type idiots . Read real reviews and do your own research.
Lot of so called foreign cars still have UK input and support the UK industry. Horses for courses.

The BigMac    6 days ago

Totally agree. Buy the best car for your needs and pleasure. Have had them all: Merc., Ford, Vauxhall, Honda, Jaguar.

would never but BMW or VW. Have got Ssangyong Korando after my last jag XJ6. Love the Korando. Great to drive and great value for money and great comfort with unbelievable tech.

Do not take heed of any Clarkson type idiots. Read real reviews and do your own research. Lot of so called foreign cars still have UK input and support from the UK industry. Horses for courses.

I agree with your opinion of Ssangyong. My choice was the Tivoli XLV model. Additional 7 year guarantee with 150,000 miles limit was strong persuader in my purchase. The tech and leather seating are features offering excellent value for money. Comparable makes: Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage, Renault Kadjar etc. etc. cannot compete with their price. HOWEVER, the recent filing for bankruptcy by the Indian owners Mahindra & Mahindra has got me seriously worried about the future of this South Korean manufacturer and fulfilment of the remaining years of the transferable guarantee. This, apparently, has come about as a consequence of the COVID-19 virus having such a devastating effect on the world’s economy. I can only hope Ssangyong survive as I believe they offer excellent value and quality.

hissingsid    7 days ago

I am old enough to remember the bad old days of the British motor industry in the 1970's and 1980's. It was an era of poor short sighted management who took the loyalty of their customers for granted, and a workforce more interested in fighting the class war than producing reliable cars.

Eventually the car buying public had enough of their troublesome Allegros, Maxis etc and turned to the welcoming arms of the Germans and the Japanese. Every car I owned from 1966 to 1992 was British made, then I bought an Audi 100CD and discovered that a car could actually run between services without attention.

My current everyday car is Japanese but I also own a 1970 Rover 3.5 Litre Coupe, a typical example of the type of car which Britain used to build so well. I regret the decline of the British motor industry as much as anyone, but the fact is that it was largely self inflicted.

London calling    6 days ago

The bad old days...Remember red robo in the 70’s think he was behind around 500 strikes in the auto industry...

hissingsid    6 days ago

In my previous post I forgot to mention this true story.
A work colleague had an Austin Maxi which developed gearbox trouble. As the garage began dismantling it they found a label which read "Unfit for Export".

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