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UK's best-selling new cars in May

·Finance Reporter, Yahoo Finance UK
·3-min read
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UK car sales slumped in May, as shortages of computer chips hampers production and the cost of living squeeze hits spending. Photo: Getty

The Vauxhall Corsa was the best-selling new car in the UK in May, with the 4399 units registered, taking it to the top spot with 17,198 registrations year-to-date, according to new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Coming in second was the Ford Puma (F), with 3,580 sold in May, bringing the year 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. It has sold 11,568 this year so far.

Vauxhall Corsa. Photo: Vauxhall
The Vauxhall Corsa was the best-selling new car in the UK in May. Photo: Vauxhall

The Volkswagen Golf (VOW3.DE) remains popular with drivers, as the German manufacturer sold 2,623 of this popular model in the UK, bringing year-to-date sales to a total of 10,174.

Mini’s popularity shows no sign of diminishing as it came in at number five. With 2,538 units sold in May alone and 13,486 this year so far, the hatchback is still finding its way onto driveways.

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At number six was the car to kick off the crossover to electric vehicles (EVs). The Nissan Qashqai (7201.T) registered 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.

All-new Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai at number six was the car to kick off the crossover to electric vehicles. Photo: Nissan

With 2,260 cars sold, Kia (000270.KS) continues to see strong demand for its Sportage model, which came in at number seven in May.

Another Kia — the Kia Niro — landed the number eight spot on May’s top selling cars list with 2,258 units sold.

2022 Niro
The Kia Niro came in at number eight on the list of the UK's best selling new cars in May. Photo: Kia

Volkswagen’s newest Polo is considered by many as the other default supermini. It sold 2,118 in May putting it at number nine on the list of most popular cars in May.

Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen’s newest Polo is considered by many as the other default supermini. Photo: Volkswagen

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 sold 2,094 units.

Hyundai Tucson
Rounding out the list of the top ten best-selling cars in May was the Hyundai Tucson. Photo: Hyundai

The SMMT highlighted the ongoing popularity in Britain of superminis, which claimed a 32.7% market share despite sales in this segment falling 16.4% to 40,667 units.

Of all the new cars registered last month, one in eight (15,448) were battery-electric, a 17.7% increase on last year.

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UK car sales slumped in May, as shortages of computer chips hampers production and the cost of living squeeze hits spending.

So far this year, the UK has registered 661,121 new cars, down from 723,845 compared to the same time last year and 40.6% lower than the pre-pandemic five-year average.

Petrol cars lost ground, with nearly 20,000 fewer registered year on year.

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