Top 10: Best-selling cars in 2015

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced full new car registration figures for 2015. There were 2,633,503 cars registered in 2015, of which 48.5 per cent were diesel, 48.7 per cent petrol and 2.8 per cent “alternative fuel”, meaning hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

The new car market grew 6.3 per cent versus 2014, making it a record year. The 10 best selling cars of the year are in our gallery below. Numbers are based on new car registrations, rather than individual private sales, but even so they give a good indication of which cars the UK public is spending on. 

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Ford Focus – 83,816 registered

Not only does Ford make the best selling small hatchback, but it also makes the best selling small family car. The Focus has been perennially popular since the first generation arrived in 1998, bringing with it a combination of enjoyable dynamics, comfort and practicality.

The latest model sticks to the same formula, but adds in a dose of useful technology, including active safety systems and an easy-to-use touchscreen system. It’s also well-priced, so its position in this list is hardly a big surprise.

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