Top 10: Best selling cars of 2013

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) 2,264,737 new cars were registered during 2013, a number up 10.8% on 2012. The number is for registrations, not sales from dealers, and so includes fleet and business registrations like those for company cars.

The figures mean that, on average, 600 more cars were registered each day in 2013 compared to 2012. As is fairly typical for the UK the sales chart was dominated by Ford and Vauxhall – click through the gallery below to find out which models were the most popular. 

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Vauxhall Astra – 68,070 registrations

The Astra, introduced in 2009, is a ubiquitous sight on UK roads and, while it’s not the most exciting car on sale, it’s undoubtedly competent. There's a range of low CO2 engines and running costs are affordable. It’s a popular car with fleet operators, often ending up as a company car or even as a police patrol vehicle. 


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