The best selling cars of 2020 so far

January presents a gloomy start to the year for car sales, but a rise in electrified car sales means it's not all bad news. So, who were the big winners?.....

More than 7% fewer new cars were sold in the UK in January than in the same month in 2019, new figures have revealed.Image 1 of 21

The downturn, which saw 149,279 new models leave showrooms in the first month of 2020, is being blamed on continuing confusion surrounding diesel and the government's approach to clean air strategies. The decline is particularly prevalent for diesel-engined cars, which put in the worst sales performance since the turn of the millennium, with registrations down by 36% compared with January last year. Conversely, petrol car sales are down by 9.5%.

Sales of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars fared better, with purely electric car sales up by more than 200% compared with last year. However, even with 1334 cars sold, electric vehicles still accounted for just 2.7% of the total market in January. To put that into context, for every electric car sold in January, Ford sold more than four Fiestas.

Below and over the next few pages, we'll look at the 10 best-selling cars in January 2020.

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