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Countdown to extinction - the best-selling cars heading for oblivion

Once a familiar sight, these popular models are on borrowed time

There are some cars that are so common on our roads they just become part of the background. Repmobiles and superminis that sell in their millions and seem to be everywhere all the time. But even for ubiquitous models like the Ford Mondeo, it turns out that the clock is ticking and they will one day vanish. To see how long some of the UK’s most popular cars have left, insurer Adrian Flux looked at the numbers of licensed vehicles for each quarter from the beginning of 2010 and use this to work out how quickly they are disappearing from our roads. Based on that it created a projection as far ahead as 2029 to see when these best-sellers will vanish for good.