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Buying a new car – the most popular brands

In today’s economic climate, fuel efficiency and reliability are deciding factors when it comes to buying a new car, but that does not mean that motorists are willing to sacrifice all style and comfort. A number of car manufacturers have managed to come up with a convincing package that ticks most boxes, which has put them ahead of the rest regarding the number of new units sold. There are few surprises on the top-selling list.

Selling Success

Ford has had the attention of UK motoring enthusiasts for decades, and the Fiesta range has also been where most of their money has gone since its launch in 2008. Savings at the pump are made more attractive with the most economical Fiesta also avoiding road tax by emitting a mere 87g/km of CO2. All models receive a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and all have electric windows and CD players. For the more adventurous driver, the sporty Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback gets them from 0-60mph in 6.9 seconds. Petrol or diesel fuels the range, with engine capacity and 3 or 5 door options also providing variety enough for all. If more room is required, then the Ford Focus will oblige.

Proven Polo Performance

Judged as one of the best small cars on the market, Volkswagen’s Polo has received a recent facelift to add more style, quality and performance to this popular supermini. Excellent safety standards include electronic stability control, a full complement of airbags and anti-whiplash headrests. Post-collision braking reduces kinetic energy automatically and the car also has Hill Hold assist and a full size spare wheel. The 1.4-litre TDI diesel returns impressive fuel efficiency figures, while the entry level petrol model offers an approximate 58.9mpg.

BBC News recently reported that UK 2014 September new car sales were the best in the past decade with sales reaching 425,861, which shows a returning confidence in the new car market. This means that new car buyers may be looking at larger vehicles and The Nissan Qashqai SUV has had its share of admirers. The choice between a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine that runs smoothly and quietly has broadened the vehicle’s appeal. The larger 1.6-litre diesel is said to be noisier with slight but noticeable pedal vibrations.

A section of the new car market that is increasing steadily is the more eco-friendly hybrids, with diesel options now joining the more established petrol versions. Top manufacturing brands have launched these ‘greener’ cars and, given a few years, it will be interesting to see how they fare on the top-selling list.


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