The Opel Corsa was the UK’s best-selling new car in May, with 4,399 units registered, putting it in first place with 17,198 registrations to date, according to new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
In second place came the Ford Puma †f), with 3,580 sold in May, bringing the annual total to 15,526.
The Ford Kuga, with a price tag of £35,675 ($44,786) and plug-in hybrid power available, was number three on UK roads, with 3,379 units sold in May. 11,568 have been sold so far this year.
The Volkswagen Golf †VOW3.DE) remains popular with drivers as the German manufacturer has sold 2,623 of this popular model in the UK, bringing sales to date to 10,174.
miniIts popularity shows no sign of waning as it debuted at number five. With 2,538 units sold in May alone and 13,486 this year so far, the hatchback is still making its way into driveways.
Number six was the car that kicked off the crossover to electric vehicles (EVs). The Nissan Qashqai †7201.T) recorded 2,261 sales in May and is already at 13,596 for the year to date, making it the third most popular new car this year.
With 2,260 cars sold, Kia (000270.KS† continues to be a strong demand for Sportage model, which came in at number seven in May.
Another Kia — the Kia Niro — ranked eighth on the May best-selling car list with 2,258 units sold.
Volkswagen’s latest Polo is considered by many to be the other standard supermini. In May, 2,118 were sold, placing it in ninth place on the list of most popular cars in May.
Rounding out the list of the top ten best-selling cars in May was the Hyundai Tucson †005380.KS† The SUV has regular and plug-in hybrid engine options and has sold 2,094 units.
The SMMT highlighted the continued popularity of superminis in the UK, which claimed a 32.7% market share, despite sales in this segment falling 16.4% to 40,667 units.
Of all new cars registered last month, one in eight (15,448) was battery-electric, up 17.7% from last year.
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UK car sales fell in May as computer chip shortages hamper production and cost of living squeezing hits the expenses.
So far, the UK has registered 661,121 new cars this year, down from 723,845 compared to the same time last year and 40.6% lower than the five-year pre-pandemic average.
Petrol cars lost ground, with nearly 20,000 fewer registered year on year.