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UK's 10 best-selling automobiles of 2021 REVEALED
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UK’s 10 best-selling automobiles of 2021 REVEALED

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With automobile manufacturing crippled by the semiconductor chip scarcity, gross sales of latest motors remained at virtually 20-year lows, with simply 1.65 million passenger automobiles getting into the market in a ‘desperately disappointing’ 2021 for the motor sector, in accordance with trade bosses.

Annual automobile gross sales have been a mere one share level greater than a lockdown-hit 2020 – through which showrooms have been pressured to shut for months – making it the second worst yr for registrations since 1992, the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants confirmed this morning. 

With producers going through vital half provide points and compelled to make tactical selections round precedence of manufacturing and extra shoppers shopping for an growing variety of electrical and hybrid automobiles, the record of the UK’s best-selling fashions of 2021 seems to be drastically totally different to the way it did earlier than the pandemic. 

This is a rundown of the highest 10 most-registered new automobiles final yr. 

Precise registrations figures for every mannequin might be added to this story when SMMT knowledge is revealed at 9am.

10. Toyota Yaris

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: fifteenth (up 5 locations)

Worth: from £20,210

The Yaris picked up a number of awards in 2021. Toyota's impressive management of the semiconductor chip shortage helped the supermini gatecrash the top 10 best sellers in the UK last year

The Yaris picked up a number of awards in 2021. Toyota's impressive management of the semiconductor chip shortage helped the supermini gatecrash the top 10 best sellers in the UK last year

The Yaris picked up a lot of awards in 2021. Toyota’s spectacular administration of the semiconductor chip scarcity helped the supermini gatecrash the highest 10 greatest sellers within the UK final yr

The all-new Yaris was named 2021 European Automotive of the Yr and picked up a lot of totally different accolades final yr, additionally boosted by the large recognition of the GR Yaris rally-inspired scorching hatch.

Glowing suggestions weren’t what solely drove the Japanese supermini to tenth spot within the total gross sales standings.

Toyota was one of many manufacturers that greatest managed the semiconductor chip scarcity final yr, having stockpiled the important components. Nonetheless, in August it was hit by provide points, with the corporate pressured to droop manufacturing throughout September. Nonetheless, the spectacular small automobile racked up sufficient gross sales to scrape into the highest 10. 

Toyota’s spectacular administration of the chip scarcity additionally noticed it turn out to be the best-selling model in the US, dethroning Basic Motors, which had held the crown as US’s favorite model yearly since 1931. 

9. Kia Sportage

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: sixteenth (up 7 locations)

Worth: from £26,745 (2022 mannequin)

Kia dealers would have been shifting their remaining stock of Sportage SUVs before the all-new 2022 car is due to arrive in their showrooms early this year

Kia dealers would have been shifting their remaining stock of Sportage SUVs before the all-new 2022 car is due to arrive in their showrooms early this year

Kia sellers would have been shifting their remaining inventory of Sportage SUVs earlier than the all-new 2022 automobile is because of arrive of their showrooms early this yr

The Sportage has at all times been a comparatively well-liked household SUV within the UK, taking sixteenth spot total in 2020. The rise to ninth spot final yr is probably going as a consequence of automobiles being available for purchase. 

That is as a result of an all-new Sportage hits the market in 2022, which means sellers would have been shifting the remaining inventory of previous-generation examples. 

Why is it so enticing to patrons in Britain? Firstly, it’s competitively priced – and that is earlier than you bear in mind any reductions with dealerships wanting to create space of their showrooms for the arrival of the 2022 mannequin.

However it is usually filled with a great deal of tools and is offered with Kia’s long-lasting seven-year guarantee.

8. Ford Puma

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: ninth (up 1 place)

Worth: from £22,885

The Puma is - incredibly - the only Ford to make it into the top 10 best-selling new cars of 2021, with the Fiesta and Focus slipping out of the rankings for the first time in decades

The Puma is - incredibly - the only Ford to make it into the top 10 best-selling new cars of 2021, with the Fiesta and Focus slipping out of the rankings for the first time in decades

The Puma is – extremely – the one Ford to make it into the highest 10 best-selling new automobiles of 2021, with the Fiesta and Focus slipping out of the rankings for the primary time in a long time

Just like the Toyota Yaris, the Ford Puma has picked up loads of awards because it hit the market a few yr in the past, successful a string of gongs in 2020.

Extremely, it is the one Ford mannequin within the high 10 record of best-selling automobiles, with each the Focus and – extremely – the Fiesta dropping out of the order for the primary time in a long time.

Insiders counsel the rationale for the pair of Ford stalwarts falling down the pecking order of registrations wasn’t a case of dwindling demand however a shift in ways by the corporate because it appeared to prioritise semiconductor availability for the manufacturing of its business automobiles.   

The Puma formally turns into the best-selling compact SUV in 2021, retaining the accolade for 2020 by main the increasing sector. 

7. Nissan Qashqai

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: sixth (down 1 place)

Worth: from £24,555

The Qashqai has been the best-selling SUV in Britain since it first hit the market over a decade ago. In 2021, it retained the crown

The Qashqai has been the best-selling SUV in Britain since it first hit the market over a decade ago. In 2021, it retained the crown

The Qashqai has been the best-selling SUV in Britain because it first hit the market over a decade in the past. In 2021, it retained the crown

The Qashqai has retained its crown of Britain’s hottest SUV in 2021, amassing extra gross sales than any of its rivals but once more – a feat it has managed ever because it was first launched in 2007. 

One huge issue serving to to spice up the Qashqai’s recognition amongst Britons is the actual fact it’s produced on our shores, with the SUV assembled at Nissan’s Sunderland manufacturing facility. And a brand new model arrived in 2021 providing mild-hybrid know-how, loads of additional tools, a lift in practicality and contemporary new seems to be.

A mixture of orders for the third-generation automobile and gross sales of remaining second-gen mannequin shares in showrooms has saved it firmly among the many best-selling new passenger automobiles of the earlier 12 months.

A brand new ‘e-Energy’ hybrid is ready to be made out there quickly, which ought to assist to cement the Qashqai’s place among the many hottest motors in 2022 as drivers swap to greener automobiles. 

6. Volkswagen Golf

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: third (down 3 locations)

Worth: from £24,430

The VW Golf 8 hit the market in 2020, meaning it has been on sale during one of the most difficult recent periods for the automotive sector

The VW Golf 8 hit the market in 2020, meaning it has been on sale during one of the most difficult recent periods for the automotive sector

The VW Golf 8 hit the market in 2020, which means it has been on sale throughout one of the vital troublesome latest intervals for the automotive sector

Each automobile maker has suffered because of the semiconductor scarcity, with automotive big VW additionally caught up within the international challenge.

Because of this, the Golf – historically Volkswagen’s best-selling new automobile – has slipped down the charts to sixth, having been the third hottest mannequin in Britain behind the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta in 2020.

Diminished outputs on the model’s Wolfsburg plant means the German automobile maker has a backlog of Golf orders to fulfil. 

The eighth-generation automobile hit the market final yr, which means it has arrived at one of the vital troublesome instances for the sector.

5. Volkswagen Polo

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: eighth (up 3 locations)

Worth: from £18,285

The Polo rose above its bigger VW sibling - the Golf - in the sales charts in 2021, with figures likely bolstered by the sales of remaining stocks of the previous-generation model that has recently been replaced

The Polo rose above its bigger VW sibling - the Golf - in the sales charts in 2021, with figures likely bolstered by the sales of remaining stocks of the previous-generation model that has recently been replaced

The Polo rose above its larger VW sibling – the Golf – within the gross sales charts in 2021, with figures probably bolstered by the gross sales of remaining shares of the previous-generation mannequin that has lately been changed

Just like the Golf, there’s a new Polo available on the market, arriving within the final yr.

Which means its place of fifth within the 2021 rankings is probably going a results of out there inventory being offered to make means for the most recent iteration with order books for the latter opening round September.

This has pushed the Polo above its larger sibling within the UK gross sales charts for the primary time in years. 

4. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: fifth (up 1 place)

Worth: from £25,975

The Mercedes A-Class, which starts from just under £26,000, is now the most popular new family hatchback bought by Britons

The Mercedes A-Class, which starts from just under £26,000, is now the most popular new family hatchback bought by Britons

The Mercedes A-Class, which begins from slightly below £26,000, is now the most well-liked new household hatchback purchased by Britons

The UK has a brand new favorite household hatchback – and it is a premium mannequin.

The Mercedes A-Class now outsells the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and each different mainstream household hatch available on the market, and has additionally utterly thrashed the BMW 1 Collection – arguably its closest rival.

This second-generation A-Class solely arrived available on the market late in 2017 however has had a huge impact on UK patrons. 

Personal clients and fleet operators have been lapping it up as a consequence of its high quality inside and excessive security requirements. This has seen the Merc transfer one place greater within the gross sales standings than final yr. 

3.  Mini Hatchback

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: seventh (up 4 locations)

Worth: from £17,405

Despite pausing production in April due to the semiconductor shortage, Mini has sold enough hatchbacks to warrant taking third spot in the sales charts for 2021

Despite pausing production in April due to the semiconductor shortage, Mini has sold enough hatchbacks to warrant taking third spot in the sales charts for 2021

Regardless of pausing manufacturing in April because of the semiconductor scarcity, Mini has offered sufficient hatchbacks to warrant taking third spot within the gross sales charts for 2021

The Minis rise to the third most-bought new automobile in 2021 is regardless of house owners BMW being pressured to pause meeting strains at its Plant Oxford website in April, once more as a consequence of semiconductor shortages.

But some sufficient examples of the compact hatchback – each three and five-door fashions – have been registered within the UK for it to safe third spot total within the gross sales charts, in accordance with the most recent SMMT figures.

This implies the Mini has jumped 4 locations greater within the recognition ranks for UK drivers in comparison with a yr in the past. 

The Mini Electrical – additionally constructed on the Oxford manufacturing facility – probably helped to spice up gross sales, with the zero-emission model of the automobile the seventh best-selling pure-electric automobile final yr. 

2. Tesla Mannequin 3

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: 14th (up 12 locations)

Worth: from £42,990

Incredibly, the Tesla Model 3 - despite its £43,000 starting price - was the second most-bought new car in Britain last year, official figures have confirmed

Incredibly, the Tesla Model 3 - despite its £43,000 starting price - was the second most-bought new car in Britain last year, official figures have confirmed

Extremely, the Tesla Mannequin 3 – regardless of its £43,000 beginning worth – was the second most-bought new automobile in Britain final yr, official figures have confirmed

In 2020 the Tesla Mannequin 3 set a brand new file by turning into the primary fully-electric automobile to interrupt into the highest 15 greatest sellers in Britain.

Final yr, it went to dizzying new heights and has turn out to be the second most-bought new passenger automobile within the nation.

Extremely, on the finish of November the Mannequin 3 wasn’t even among the many high 10. 

Nonetheless, a cargo that arrived within the closing month of the yr – as tends to be the case with Teslas largely coming to the UK in bulk on the finish of every quarter – noticed it leap up the standings.

1. Vauxhall Corsa

2021 registrations: TBC

2020 rating: 2nd (up 1 place)

Worth: from £17,380

The Vauxhall Corsa has brought to an end the Ford Fiesta's 12-year stint at the top of the UK's best-selling cars standings. It is also the first time a Ford hasn't been the nation's most-bought new model since 1971

The Vauxhall Corsa has brought to an end the Ford Fiesta's 12-year stint at the top of the UK's best-selling cars standings. It is also the first time a Ford hasn't been the nation's most-bought new model since 1971

The Vauxhall Corsa has delivered to an finish the Ford Fiesta’s 12-year stint on the high of the UK’s best-selling automobiles standings. Additionally it is the primary time a Ford hasn’t been the nation’s most-bought new mannequin since 1971

The Ford Fiesta has been the top-selling new automobile in Britain for the earlier 12 years. But it surely has been pressured to go the baton to a brand new king, the Corsa.

Will probably be a bitter tablet for Ford to swallow, passing the gong to its nearest rival, and brings to an finish a 50 yr run of a Ford topping the gross sales charts. 

It additionally spells the tip of a file held by the model for half a century. The final time a automobile with out the blue oval badge on its bonnet (both the Cortina, Escort, Focus or Fiesta) was topped the nation’s greatest vendor was in 1971 when the Austin/Morris 1100/1300 topped the registration rankings.

The Corsas rise to the highest is right down to a mixture of things, together with loads of fleet gross sales and the recognition of its all-electric Corsa-e, which was the ninth most-bought pure electrical automobile in Britain in 2021.

Nonetheless, the Corsa WASN’T the best-selling motor in Britain final yr… 

NATION’S BEST-SELLING VEHICLE OVERALL IN 2021: Ford Transit Customized van

2021 registrations: TBC

Worth: from £28,825 (excl VAT)

While the Vauxhall Corsa might be the best-selling car of 2021, more new Transit Custom vans (right) were registered in the UK last year

While the Vauxhall Corsa might be the best-selling car of 2021, more new Transit Custom vans (right) were registered in the UK last year

Whereas the Vauxhall Corsa is perhaps the best-selling automobile of 2021, extra new Transit Customized vans (proper) have been registered within the UK final yr

That is proper, the best-selling new motor within the UK final yr wasn’t a automobile however a van.

Ford’s Transit Customized tops the gross sales charts, amassing extra registrations than any automobile mannequin, together with the Vauxhall Corsa.

Trade insiders declare the rise in demand for vans because of the growing demand for deliveries throughout the pandemic noticed Ford prioritise its semiconductor availability to its business automobiles. 

It additionally explains why the standard Transit additionally offered in large numbers final yr with registrations excessive sufficient additionally to characteristic on this high 10 of automobiles listed above.

BEST-SELLING ELECTRIC AND PLUG-IN HYBRID CARS IN 2021 

BEST-SELLING BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES

1. Tesla Mannequin 3

2. Kia e-Niro

3. Volkswagen ID.3

4. Nissan Leaf

5. Audi e-tron

6. Hyundai Kona Electrical

7. Mini Electrical

8. Renault Zoe

9. Vauxhall Corsa-e

10. MG ZS EV

BEST-SELLING PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES

1. BMW 3 Collection

2. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

3. Volvo XC40

4. Ford Kuga

5. Audi A3

6. Vary Rover Evoque

7. BMW X5

8. Volvo XC60

9. Vary Rover Sport

10. Seat Leon

Supply: SMMT 

CARS & MOTORING: ON TEST

Source: Every day Mail

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