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UK nations May 2018: Ford Focus tops Northern Ireland and Scotland

Steep discounts on the outgoing generation in the wake of the 2018 model push the Ford Focus up.

* See the Top 10 best-selling models for each nation by clicking on the title *

Thanks to our partnership with SMMT we can share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for all UK nations in May. Keep in mind this is a zoom in by nation, all sales figures are included in the May 2018 UK update. An opposite picture from last month: Scotland (+13.7%) is by far the best performer among UK nations in May, followed by Northern Ireland (+6%) and Wales (+5.8%) whereas Englands lags behind at a shy +2.6%. Year-t-date, this time it’s Northern Ireland that fares best at -3.4% to 25.491 units, followed by Wales at -5.9% to 36.067, England at -6.6% to 930.627 and Scotland is in the naughty corner with a harsh 10.4% decline to just 84.297 registrations.

This month the Ford Focus is the only nameplate to feature on each nation’s podium, even topping 2 nations: Northern Ireland (+95%) for the first time since we started following UK nations monthly in January 2013, and Scotland (+263%) for only the third time in the past 5 years after October 2014 and July 2017. It also ranks #3 in England and #2 in Wales. The Ford Fiesta tops England and Wales but ranks at a paltry #4 in both Northern Ireland and Scotland. Other podium finishers are the VW Golf (#2 in England and #3 in Northern Ireland), Ford Kuga (#2 in Northern Ireland and #3 in Wales), Vauxhall Corsa (#2 in Scotland) and VW Polo (#3 in Scotland).

Among other great performers this month, the Skoda Fabia posts its first Northern Irish Top 10 of the year at #8, the Skoda Octavia lodges its first Top 10 in Northern Ireland since we started following UK nations monthly in January 2013, the Vauxhall Crossland X is the best-selling SUV in Scotland and inside the Top 5 for the second time ever after last February, the Hyundai i10 snaps its first Scottish Top 10 since November 2016 at #8, the BMW 4 Series posts its first ever Scottish Top 10 at #9 and the Ford Ecosport hit a highest ever 4th place in Wales.

Previous month: UK nations April 2018: First Top 10 for the Peugeot 3008, in Wales

One year ago: UK nations May 2017: Mercedes C-Class ranks high in England

Full May 2018 Top 10 models in each UK nation below.

England (UK) May 2018 – models:

1Ford Fiesta5,9993.6%-5%1140,6924.4%-6%111
2VW Golf5,7693.5%19%3229,7643.2%22%222
3Ford Focus4,8722.9%27%2421,4312.3%-22%443
4Nissan Qashqai4,4962.7%3%4323,3952.5%-9%334
5VW Polo3,2532.0%-11%5513,6401.5%-28%10910
6Vauxhall Corsa3,1111.9%-5%6917,4641.9%-16%557
8Mercedes C-Class2,8031.7%-26%8615,2291.6%-29%9106
9Mercedes A-Class2,6271.6%-16%9716,2371.7%-8%689
10Audi A32,5321.5%n/a10n/a2,5320.3%-63%n/an/an/a
n/aFord Kuga2,2201.3%n/an/a815,7071.7%n/a86n/a

Northern Ireland (UK) May 2018 – models:

1Ford Focus2174.9%95%296822.7%1%544
2Ford Kuga1383.1%48%n/a47312.9%33%365
3VW Golf1333.0%-5%318283.2%-8%221
4Hyundai Tucson1242.8%-6%n/a37132.8%-15%4n/a2
5Ford Fiesta1222.8%20%129343.7%12%113
6VW Polo1202.7%48%565262.1%-4%698
7Nissan Qashqai982.2%-18%485052.0%-11%737
8Skoda Fabia972.2%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a10
9VW Tiguan942.1%n/an/an/a2661.0%-10%9n/an/a
10Skoda Octavia932.1%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
n/aVauxhall Corsa661.5%18%6104101.6%-24%1059

Scotland (UK) May 2018 – models:

1Ford Focus1,3068.2%263%242,6803.2%11%343
2Vauxhall Corsa6193.9%70%673,3644.0%-37%251
3VW Polo4542.9%32%531,7222.0%-22%594
4Ford Fiesta4492.8%-44%113,4944.1%-3%112
5Vauxhall Crossland X3662.3%newn/a81,5421.8%new7n/an/a
6VW Golf3412.2%0%361,6672.0%-9%626
8Hyundai i102711.7%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
9BMW 4 Series2631.7%n/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
10Nissan Qashqai2541.6%-24%4n/a1,5291.8%2%8310
n/aFiat 5001551.0%n/an/an/a2,0182.4%47%4n/an/a
n/aVauxhall Mokka X1350.9%-34%n/a21,4021.7%-9%9n/a9

Wales (UK) May 2018 – models:

1Ford Fiesta2724.4%-14%112,2636.3%-21%111
2Ford Focus1772.9%25%231,1093.1%-10%242
3Ford Kuga1612.6%18%n/a21,0172.8%7%363
4Ford Ecosport1492.4%n/an/a6n/an/an/an/an/an/a
5VW Polo1332.2%-19%5106351.8%-26%995
6Dacia Sandero1322.1%5%n/a76941.9%-10%6n/a6
7VW Golf1282.1%17%347872.2%13%424
8Vauxhall Corsa1202.0%-7%6n/a6661.8%-20%758
9Vauxhall Mokka X1081.8%-8%n/a57472.1%16%5n/a9
10Nissan Qashqai1001.6%-23%4n/a6591.8%-10%837
n/aToyota Yaris821.3%n/an/an/a6311.7%26%10n/a10

Source: SMMT

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