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The bestselling new & used cars of 2012

A Ford carWe take a look at the bestselling new and used cars of 2012 so far. 

Ford motors top the charts when it comes to new and used car sales this year.

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the Ford Fiesta was the bestselling new car in September and also for the year to date.

Ford top the list in the used car market as well according to global information services company Experian which, using DVLA figures, publishes a used car sales index.

The latest index from the first three months of 2012, shows that the Ford Focus was the bestselling model.

Bestselling cars of 2012

Bestselling new cars 2012

Bestselling used cars 2012

Ford Fiesta

Ford Focus

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa

Ford Focus

Ford Fiesta

Volkswagen Golf

Vauxhall Astra

 Vauxhall Astra

Volkswagen Golf

Nissan Qashqai

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

Renault Clio

Volkswagen Polo

Ford Mondeo

Mercedes C-Class

Peugeot 206

Fiat 500

Volkswagen Polo


New car vs. used car market 

Registrations of small and dual purpose cars - those that can be adjusted to seat more or fewer passengers - saw the biggest rises in September.

"The important September plate change market outperformed expectations with new car registrations increasing more than 8 per cent," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.

"Although the economic outlook remains challenging, we are starting to see a tentative return of consumer confidence as motorists explore new products and the latest fuel-efficient technologies."

And used car sales are also on the rise, according to Experian's used car index.

It shows that the first three months of 2012 experienced the highest first quarter figures since 2009.

The index found that all car segments enjoyed a rise in sales compared to the last three months of 2011, with multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) such as the Vauxhall Zafira and Renault Scenic experiencing the biggest rise in sales.

Andrew Ballard of Experian Automotive said: "It’s encouraging that 2012 has started positively.

"We are pleased to be able to show uplifts in used car sales across the board as well as identifying high performing categories."

Future car trends

Michael Cole, managing director of Kia Motors, said: "The general trend is towards downsizing and I can see that continuing.

"Because of consumer demand, I think we will see manufacturers trying to offer smaller vehicles that offer maximum flexibility."

Cole says manufacturers will be looking at producing cars that are less weighty so are more fuel-efficient.

Smaller cars are also cheaper when it comes to buying car insurance.

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Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick

Naphtalia Loderick covers all things consumer for She started out on a weekly newspaper, via a national news agency and a stint in the fun but ‘not as glamorous as it appears on screen’ world of TV at the BBC researching consumer films for The One Show.

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