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The UK’s best-selling new cars in May

The UK's best-selling new cars in May

UK car sales fell in May as a shortage of computer chips hampers production and the cost of living weighs on spending. Photo: Getty

The Opel Corsa was the UK’s best-selling new car in May, with 4,399 units registered, putting it in first place with 17,198 registrations to date, according to new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In second place came the Ford Pumaf), with 3,580 sold in May, bringing the annual 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. 11,568 have been sold so far this year.

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

The Volkswagen GolfVOW3.DE) remains popular with drivers as the German manufacturer has sold 2,623 of this popular model in the UK, bringing sales to date to 10,174.

miniIts popularity shows no sign of waning as it debuted at number five. With 2,538 units sold in May alone and 13,486 this year so far, the hatchback is still making its way into driveways.

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Number six was the car that kicked off the crossover to electric vehicles (EVs). The Nissan Qashqai7201.T) recorded 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.

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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 be a strong demand for Sportage model, which came in at number seven in May.

Another Kia — the Kia Niro — ranked eighth on the May best-selling car list with 2,258 units sold.

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The Kia Niro debuted at number eight on the UK’s best-selling new car list in May. Photo: Kia

Volkswagen’s latest Polo is considered by many to be the other standard supermini. In May, 2,118 were sold, placing it in ninth place on the list of most popular cars in May.

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Volkswagen’s latest Polo is considered by many to be the other standard supermini. Photo: Volkswagen

Rounding out the list of the top ten best-selling cars in May was the Hyundai Tucson005380.KS† The SUV has regular and plug-in hybrid engine options and has sold 2,094 units.

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The list of the ten best-selling cars in May was rounded off with the Hyundai Tucson. Photo: Hyundai

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

Of all new cars registered last month, one in eight (15,448) was battery-electric, up 17.7% from last year.

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UK car sales fell in May as computer chip shortages hamper production and cost of living squeezing hits the expenses.

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

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

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