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Fiat flies, BMW flounders in strong sales October

Date: 22 November 2006

Last month carried through the momentum gained in September's record fleet sales month, with a 4.4% increase over October 2005.

It was another strong month for corporate sales in October, with a total of 81,440 cars registered, 3444 up on the same month last year.

Ford extended its dominance, pushing its market share beyond the 20% boundary in October, while VW cemented its third place in the UK fleet market, grabbing more than 10% of registrations thanks to an 18.8% rise on last October.

The big shock of the month was Fiat's rare foray into the top 10, with the new Punto beating bigger-selling rivals such as the Renault Clio and Peugeot 207.

BMW had a bad month thanks to a plunge in 3-series sales, even falling behind Mercedes in the top 10.

Drop-top surprise but status quo at the top

While it was business as usual among the top sectors in the UK fleet registrations market, just outside the top five there was an interesting move.

Jumping several places up the list to sixth was the cabrio sector. Despite it being October, new metal-roofed drop-tops from Vauxhall and VW are obviously tempting businesses.