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Best Selling Car In April

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Did you buy one of the UK's best selling cars in April?

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is reporting continued growth in the new car market for April. Overall sales were up by two per cent last month, driven mostly by fleet and business buyers as private sales declined slightly by 2.5 per cent. It was a great month yet again for alternatively fuelled vehicles, as the sector grew by almost 27 per cent.

Petrol and diesel car sales continue on more or less level pegging with only a 2 per cent difference in market share between them, despite the avalanche of adverse press surrounding diesel. Petrol edged ahead slightly last month.

189,505 new car sales in April

Almost 190,000 cars found new homes in the UK last month, for the best April sales volumes since 2003. 2015 was a record year for new car sales but if 2016 carries on in current form it looks set to beat last year. The SMMT has attributed on-going new car sales growth in part to the continued availability of generous finance packages but warns that the coming months could see the UK facing a period of economic and political disarray which could unsettle the market.

April's best selling cars

There was some interesting shuffling going on in the best-selling cars top ten, with the Volkswagen Golf shrugging off its manufacturers' 'dieselgate' debacle to become April's second best-selling model, but its 5,645 unit sales were still well behind the habitual leader the Ford Fiesta on 7,913 sales. The Ford Focus was in third place while the Nissan Qashqai enjoyed another successful month to end up in fourth place.

The Vauxhall Astra was fifth, followed by the Volkswagen Polo, while the Vauxhall Corsa had a very disappointing month and ended up in seventh place. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class came next but the Kia Sportage was the month's star performer, breaking into the top ten in ninth place. The best sellers list was neatly rounded off by the Audi A3 in tenth place.

Even though the Golf enjoyed a growth spurt last month, Volkswagen's overall sales were down by nearly ten per cent, no doubt because the public hasn't forgotten the firm's on-going diesel emissions test cheating issues. Kia, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar Land Rover all enjoyed a superb month of increased sales, while April was also a good one for Renault, Honda, Suzuki, Subaru and even SsangYong.

Best selling cars of the year so far

This year has shown crossovers chasing the supermini for market dominance, with a number of SUVs taking secure spots among the top ten best selling cars of 2016 so far. The Vauxhall Mokka was the year's tenth most popular car by the end of April and was only slightly outsold by the similar Nissan Juke in ninth place. The Vauxhall Astra is the year's eighth best selling model for the year to date and the Audi A3 is seventh.

The Volkswagen Polo was less than 40 unit sales ahead of the Audi and took sixth place but the VW Golf took a comfortable lead over its smaller sibling in fifth. The Ford Focus was fourth, the Vauxhall Corsa was third and the Nissan Qashqai is enjoying its best year yet, with 7,325 units sold this year to date. However it is still way behind the Ford Fiesta, 12,860 of which have already been sold to British buyers this year. It's very unlikely that anything else will catch it with such a comfortable lead.

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