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VW tops diesel sales in August

Date: 13 September 2006

VW utterly dominated the fleet diesel market in August, grabbing a massively impressive 22.5% of registrations, compared with 14.2% for the year-to-date.

Top 10 models - diesel fleet registrations
RankingModelAugust 2006August 2005% var
1VW Passat141398343.7
2Ford Focus11451228-6.8
3VW Touran999289245.7
4Vauxhall Astra9261245-25.6
5VW Golf8481062-20.2
6Ford Mondeo674910-25.9
7Audi A3612644-5.0
8Audi A45975940.5
9Vauxhall Vectra569722-21.2
10Citroen Picasso42836118.6

Top 10 manufacturers - diesel fleet registrations
RankingManufacturerAugust 2006August 2005% var
The market was down 1.0% as a whole, yet VW achieved a 30.6% growth, also grabbing three of the top five places on the top models chart.

It was a tough month for the big two, with Ford down 9.2% and Vauxhall down 10.6, while Audi climbed to fourth and Skoda made a rare foray into the top ten, rounding off a good month for the Volkswagen Group.

The VW Passat's improvement over last year reflects the fact that the new model was still coming on stream this time last year, while almost 90% of Touan registrations were diesel. A good month for Corsa and Zafira saw them both nestle just outside the top ten, along with Peugeot's 307 SW, the seven-seat version that beat its hatchback sister car.