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August an increasingly bad month for prestige brands

Date: 13 September 2006

Top 10 models - August 2006
RankModelAugust 2006August 2005% var
1Ford Focus37224683-20.5
2Vauxhall Astra26972991 -9.8
3VW Golf1833157416.5
4Vauxhall Zafira1765660167.4
5Ford Fiesta153194562.0
6 Vauxhall Corsa15221801-15.5
7 VW Passat1477103542.7
8 Ford Mondeo12511419-11.8
9 Vauxhall Vectra12091430-15.5
10 VW Touran1124330 240.6

Top 10 manufacturers - August 2006
RankManufacturerAugust 2006August 2005% var
1 Ford81098353-2.9
2 Vauxhall746073721.2
3 VW6005452732.6
4 Renault3496316410.5
5 Peugeot20762319-10.5
6 Audi194818952.8
7Citroen17361751 -0.9
8 BMW13471784-24.5
9 Toyota13391651-18.9
10 Honda1184100717.6

The slowest month for new car sales lived up to expectations, with just 41,514 new fleet models registered in August. That's 4.0% down on the same month in 2005 and compares with an estimated 180,000 new car sales in September, the first month of the new '56' plate.

BMW was only one of the prestige brands suffering from a slow August

Prestige brands in particular were hit last month as badge-conscious buyers held off in wait for the latest number plate. Audi was the only major exception, continuing its seemingly unstoppable growth with a small A6-fuelled rise.

Renault beat Peugeot to fourth place last month, although it's tight on the year-to-date figures, with the former 1250 units behind as they both close in on the 50,000 unit mark.