Ford tops sales chart in May as new car market shows decline


Ford has maintained its position at the top of the UK vehicle sales rankings in May but the overall figure for registrations is falling.

The latest SMMT figures show the Fiesta to be the country’s best-selling car and the Transit range to be the second best-selling commercial vehicle.

Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain, said: “It’s an exciting time as we continue to build on our successes and prepare to launch the all-new Fiesta.”

Industry car sales in May were down 8.5% to 186,265 units, compared with May 2016. Ford car sales were 20,514, giving it a 4,858 registrations lead over its nearest rival.

For the year to date (end May) total UK car sales were 1,158,357, down 0.6% compared with the same period in 2016.  Ford car sales for this period were 141,221, down 0.2%, 49,715 registrations ahead of its nearest rival.

UK light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales in May were down 5.3% at 26,982 compared with May 2016.  Ford LCV sales were up 2.3% at 9,433 registrations, up from 9,218 in the same month on 2016.

Comparatively, demand for pick-up vehicles grew 26.2% and the Ford Ranger, with segment leadership, recorded sales of 1,169 and 29.9% market share.