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The most popular company car in 2012 was...

  • We unveil the best-selling fleet car of 2012
  • Also features the five most popular car firms
  • Average fuel economy moving towards 55mpg

The most popular fleet car of last year has been unveiled.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that the most popular company car in 2012 was the Ford Focus.

In fact, the blue oval took the top two spots as its Fiesta came in second place. Third and fourth were Vauxhalls – the Astra followed by the Corsa – and fifth spot was taken by the Volkswagen Golf.

The race to become the fleet favourite manufacturer perhaps predictably sees Ford take top spot. Vauxhall is runner-up, with Volkswagen in third. German premium manufacturers occupy fourth and fifth, with BMW and Audi completing the top five respectively.

The UK car market continues to look up following the setting in of recession in 2008, according to SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt: “More than two million new cars were registered in the UK during 2012, up 5.3% on the previous 12 months and the best result since recession struck in 2008.

“Boosted by strong consumer demand, the market grew at its fastest rate for 11 years with innovative, fuel-efficient cars keeping buyers in showrooms. Looking ahead to 2013, we anticipate the market will hold firm, with manufacturers and dealers working hard to deliver quality and value to motorists.”

Average new car emissions have dropped to a new low of 133.1g/km of CO2, while average fuel economy is moving towards 55mpg.