The best November on record and private registrations accounting for 45% of the market have put a smile on the face of Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Christopher McGowan.

"The figures show that consumer confidence has returned and car buyers are benefiting from stronger competition in the UK," he said.

The Ford Focus was top-selling model for the seventh month in a row while the Fiesta moved up to third, behind Vauxhall’s Astra, as small cars once again made a strong impression on the market - half of November’s Top 10 were superminis.

Imports took a 72.5% market share with cars from Germany, Italy and Eastern Europe featuring strongly.

The UK top 10 November 2000 (Source: SMMT)

Nov-00
Placing
YTD 2000
10,141
Ford Focus
1
Ford Focus
108,177
8,133
Vauxhall Astra
2
Vauxhall Astra
88,603
6,664
Ford Fiesta
3
Ford Fiesta
87,482
5,784
4
Vauxhall Corsa
81,593
5,273
Vauxhall Vectra
5
Peugeot 206
77,500
5,236
VW Golf
6
Vauxhall Vectra
66,207
4,971
Renault Megane
7
Ford Mondeo
65,487
4,847
Fiat Punto
8
Renault Megane
61,163
4,522
Vauxhall Corsa
9
Renault Clio
59,245
4,416
Renault Clio
10
VW Golf
54,200