Popular Ford hot hatch was the most purchased car of 2020 with over 49,000 models sold

Popular Ford hot hatch was the most purchased car of 2020 with over 49,000 models sold


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Analysis from leading vehicle dealer Motorpoint and figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has both put the Ford Fiesta at the top of the table. According to the SMMT, over 49,000 models were sold this year making it the most popular new car on the market.

Last year, data from the SMMT showed almost 78,000 models left the forecourts highlighting a slowing down of sales in 2020.

Both the SMMT and Motorpoint put the Vauxhall Corsa as the second most popular car of the year.

SMMT data showed more than 46,000 of the popular UK vehicles had been sold in 2020 as consumers showed their preference for petrol and diesel models.

Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer at Motorpoint said the Fiesta had continued to prove “perennially popular”.

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He said the model was the“perfect all-round budget car” which was behind the model’s overall success over the past two years.

Mr Carpenter said: “The Ford Fiesta continues to prove perennially popular with Motorpoint customers and it’s easy to see why.

“It is an iconic hatchback, whose styling, technology, reliability, and price, make it the perfect all-round budget car for people of all ages.

“The inclusion of the Vauxhall Corsa and the continued presence of the Ford Focus and Fiat 500 in our Top 10 continue to reflect the industry-wide move towards smaller, greener, more budget-conscious vehicles, a trend which we expect to continue into this year and beyond.”

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SMMT data placed the Volkswagen Golf as the third most popular car of 2020 with over 43,000 models sold.

Ford’s popular focus car was the fourth most popular model with a total of 39,372 sales recorded over the past year.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Nissan Qashqai and Mii were also popular among consumers with over 30,000 models sold.

Motorpoint’s figures were slightly different with the Ford Transit the third most popular car in a new entry for 2020.

The Nissan Qashqai dropped two places to fourth in their analysis while the Ford Focus jumped four positions to fifth.

Mr Carpenter added: “The inclusion of the equally iconic Ford Transit in our Top 10 was definitely an interesting albeit welcome addition.

It highlights the huge appetite among our customer base to buy great value commercial vehicles from Motorpoint.

SMMT data showed a reduction in sales for petrol and diesel vehicles over the past year as electric models increased in demand.

Petrol was down 39 percent this year as sales of electric cars soared by 185.9 percent.

However, petrol and diesel models still accounted for over 71 percent of all vehicle sales compared to just a 6.6 percent market share for electric models.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive added: “2020 will be seen as a ‘lost year’ for Automotive, with the sector under pandemic-enforced shutdown for much of the year and uncertainty over future trading conditions taking their toll.

“However, with the rollout of vaccines and clarity over our new relationship with the EU, we must make 2021 a year of recovery.”

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