Strong month as plate change drives fleet sales
10 April 2007
Nearly 190,000 new cars were registered to business in March, the first month of the new '07' number plate designation.
The total of 189,884 was 3.8% up on March 2006 and is higher than the traditionally slow months of January and February put together.
The total for the first quarter of 2007 was 326,830, 4.8% up on the first three months of 2006, compared with a retail market 1.2% up.
Chevrolet doubled its March '06 figures, although that's still only 856 units, and Lexus enjoyed a strong March with 64.3% growth. Audi was up 40.9% with only the A8 not up year-on-year, while Honda's Civic was the driving force behind a 34.1% increase.
On the flip side, it was a painful month in fleet for the Koreans, with Hyundai down 24.8% and Kia down 46.7%, while the Swedes also struggled. Volvo dropped 17.5% and Saab 18.2%.
Ford (up 4.2%) topped the chart as usual, in front of Vauxhall (-0.2%), with VW, Renault and Peugeot rounding out the top five in that order, and Audi beating BMW to sixth.
|Top 10 Manufacturers - March 2007|
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