The UK's top 10 best selling cars in October

Mulhouse - France - 9 June 2021 - Front view of red Volkswagen polo parked in the street
Front view of a red Volkswagen Polo, which was on the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders bestselling-cars list in October.

The Volkswagen (VOW.DE) Polo topped the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) bestselling cars list in October, with 3,167 units sold in the UK.

The zippy classic was followed closely by the MINI, which sold a total of 3,133 cars last month.

Third, was the Nissan (NSANY) Qashqai which sold 2,838 units, followed by highway stalwart the Ford (F) Focus which sold 2,735 cars.

Fifth was the Vauxhall Corsa, which sold 2,567 units.

Overall, 106,265 new cars were registered in October, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which compiles the data.

Read more: UK car market sees weakest October since 1991

In September, Tesla's (TSLA) Model 3 saw the most new car registrations. Elon Musk's electric car company releases car sales figures quarterly and so didn't feature in October's list. Tesla last month said it had sold 6,879 cars during the quarter.

New car sales leaderboard. Chart: SMMT
New car sales leaderboard. Chart: SMMT

The SMMT said it expects a total of 1.66 million new cars to be registered in the UK this year, which would represent a 1.9% increase on 2020. This is a -8.8% revision down from previous forecasts due to ongoing supply chain issues.

Output continues to be hampered by the production stoppages caused by the ongoing global shortage of semiconductors, as well as the loss of production capacity arising from the closure of one of the UK’s larger plants.

Read more: JD Sports ordered to sell Footasylum by UK regulator

While the October budget confirmed £817m ($1.1bn) of funding for the transition towards electric vehicles in automotive manufacturing and business rate relief on renewable energy, the industry continues to battle against the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

A partial recovery is forecast for 2022, with the industry anticipating some 1.96 million new car registrations next year, said the SMMT on Thursday.

Watch: Will interest rates stay low forever?