A substantial number of December registrations has helped Volkswagen retain its position as the UK’s best selling new car brand. This performance kept the Volkswagen brand ahead of its US rival, Ford.

The German carmaker topped the rankings with 131,850 registrations despite a 10% full-year reduction in registrations. VW delivered 13,118 vehicles in December to take the crown, making it the month’s second-biggest selling brand ahead of Tesla, which registered 16,368 cars in the last month of 2022.  

Ford took second place with 126,826 registrations which reflected an increase of 9.1% over its 2021 total.

Last month Volkswagen revealed that its zero-emissions ID electric vehicle (EV) range had generated 500,000 deliveries since the launch of the ID.3 hatchback in autumn 2020, with the ID.Buzz MPV recently added to the range and a flagship ID.7 saloon also expected soon.

While Kia exceeded their 100,000 registrations target with 100,191 vehicles sold in the UK in 2022, MG was hailed the year’s leader by volume. The Chinese carmaker’s registrations grew by 66.8% to 51,050 units. MG benefited from sales of updated versions of the MG ZS SUV and MG 5 estate car, as well as its new MG 4 EV hatchback.

Commercial Director Guy Pigoukanis recently said that component shortages and other manufacturing issues had left the brand around 18,000 registrations down on where it might have been.