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Astra Finishes 2016 Atop Its Segment; Corsa is Scotland’s Best-Selling Car

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Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra celebrated something of a hat-trick to close out 2016, finishing the year out as the top vehicle in its segment from October-December according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The Astra, 2016’s European Car of the Year, was also a big winner in both the final quarter and second half of 2016. Astra sales, per SMMT, totaled 15,948 units from September-December, and sales from July-December totaled 32,313 units. In both cases, the Astra once again reigned as the top-selling vehicle in its segment.

“The Astra is the best family car on the market,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “After winning a host of top awards, 2016 was the new Astra’s first full year on the market and I am very pleased to see it top its segment in the fourth quarter and the second half of the year. Now we focus on 2017, with our best-ever product portfolio and five new models in the pipeline.”

Vauxhall will be padding out its lineup with five new vehicles this year: Insignia Grand Sport, Insignia Sports Tourer, Insignia Country Tourer, Crossland X, and Grandland X.

Still, 2017 will likely be a big year for a brand if only for the continued success of its core models. In Scotland, for example, Vauxhall was the top brand in 2016 according to the Scottish Motor Trade Association, a title that it has now held for nine years. The Corsa was the best-selling vehicle in the country, a title that it has held for seven of the past eight years.

“The Scottish market is of great importance to Vauxhall,” said Gordon Hannen, Vauxhall’s Regional Operations Manager for Scotland. “We are delighted to be Scotland’s biggest-selling car manufacturer for the ninth year running, with Corsa its best-selling car.”