Best and worst – car sales of 2010
Superminis and diesels continued to grow in popularity last year according to the final sales figures for 2010 from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Overall sales increased by a slight 1.8% in 2010 compared with 2009, with 2,030,846 new cars registered.
We'll look at the top 10 sales success and disasters by brand, see which 10 manufacturers account for the majority of the market and which models lead the sales charts.
Top 10 sales gains
Starting from a low volumes means big percentage gains are to be had, so it isn't altogether surprising to see that Infiniti posts the biggest increase of 415% in 2010 compared with 2009. Overall, 232 Infinitis were sold.
Renault continues to show a big increase for the year, following a very positive first half of 2010 boosted by scrappage sales, while BMW is the only top 10 overall sales brand to also earn a place in the top 10 biggest gains.
10 biggest slumps in sales
American brands also had it hard in 2010 with Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge and Hummer all suffering.
Exchange rates have convinced International Motors to stop importing Daihatsu, so sales naturally plummeted, while Suzuki also saw nearly a quarter chopped off its 2010 sales compared with 2009.
10 best-selling models
Superminis account for half of the top 10 sellers by model with the Ford Fiesta leading the way.
The Astra, Focus, Golf and Qashqai also continued to sell well, while the BMW 3 Series finished the year strongly.
10 biggest manufacturers by market share
While many American brands suffered, Ford still has the biggest share of the market, even though sales fell by more than 11%. Honda and Toyota show the only other falls in sales in the top 10 biggest sellers.
Vauxhall's market share increased, so it closed the gap on Ford. In 2009 it sold 78,000 fewer cars than Ford, in 2010 the figure was down to 33,000.
Ford sold nearly four times as many cars as Citroen, the manufacturer with the 10th biggest market share. The German and Japanese both have three brands in the top 10, while the Qashqai gave Nissan a real boost.
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