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Top 10 sales successes and disasters

  • Best and worst car sales so far in 2010
  • Whose sales have improved 119%?
  • Which brand has sold just one car in 2010?
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Superminis continue to be Britain's favourite new car according to the latest registration figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Which car manufacturers are doing the best and worst overall, however? Which has sold just one car in six months, and which has seen sales rocket by an incredible 119.76%.

Top 10 sales gains
Brands with low volumes will show bigger swings in percentage improvement, but it's larger volume brands like Renault, Hyundai and Kia that lead the charge in the most improved sales so far this year.

Remember that these rises will probably never be repeated because the market was in a trough in the first six months of this year. The scrappage incentive gave sales a shot in the arm, so the comparisons are startling.

It's interesting, though, to see MG record the tenth biggest gain in sales. It was quite a different story five years ago when the company went into administration. Don't forget to take a look at our first drive of the MG6 on Whatcar.com today.

Top 10 gains in sales year to date 2009/2010
Position
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10Manufacturer
Renault
Hyundai
Kia
Perodua
Land Rover
Volvo
Skoda
Nissan
Subaru
MGSales gain
119.76% to 52,726
95.70% to 38,747
79.73% to 34,264
68.15% to 454
64.47% to 22,026
54.28% to 21,758
51.82% to 22,720
45.71% to 45,523
42.26% to 2,262
39.23% to 181

10 biggest slumps in sale
The smaller volume are represented more in this league table at the depths of sales, but the figures are pretty gloomy for Suzuki. It's even worse for Hummer, however, it sold just one car.

We can understand why Saab is struggling so much, given the uncertainty over its ownership that continued for so long. The Daimlers in the list are hearses and limos.

Top 10 slumps in sales year to date 2009/2010
Position
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10Manufacturer
Suzuki
Chrysler
Saab
Ssangyong
Dodge
Cadillac
Daimler
Daihatsu
Corvette
HummerSales drop
-17.03% to 4,086
-24.62% to 204
-50.69% to 587
-52.07% to 111
-52.98% to 179
-68.75% to 22
-85.71% to 7
-90.94% to 379
-93.75% to 2
-97.62% to 1