Vijay Pattni07 January 2011

UK’s best-selling cars of 2010 revealed

You lot snapped up over two million brand spanking new motors last year, including…

Ford Fiesta

Good news! The UK car industry sold 35,847 more cars in 2010 than it did in 2009.

Bad news! The market is expected to drop by five per cent next year. This could be because it now costs ten pints of blood for a loaf of bread, but whatever.

View the UK's top ten best-selling cars of 2010

All in all, the UK snapped up 2,030,846 new cars last year. SMMT, the organisation that supports the UK car industry also revealed that ‘diesel penetration' - no laughing at the back - rose to 46.1 per cent last year; the highest number of diesel models sold in ten years.

Average new car CO2 emissions also dropped last year, ending on 144.2g/km. To give perspective, just two years ago the average was around 157g/km, and in 2000 CO2 figures averaged at 181g/km. Soon they'll emit nothing but the soothing sound of elevator music.

You can guess what came in at number one (because there's a mighty big picture of it above with a man you may recognise) and you'd probably be able to guess at least five of the top ten. But why waste valuable thinking power when you can click on our gallery instead?

Once you've done that, let us know if you'll be buying a new or used car this year, and crucially, what it is. We want to congratulate/mock you.

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