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February registration figures show sales still sliding

Date: 11 March 2009

Fleet sales were down 21.7% in February, with 92,528 new vehicles finding homes against 134,501 in the same month of 2008.

The overall market was down 21.9%, with retail down 22.3%, according to the SMMT.

Every brand bar four saw sales drop for the month year-on-year, some drastically.

Kia recorded a 71% drop, while Renault and Peugeot saw fleet sales fall by almost half.

Only Mazda, Toyota, Nissan and Fiat did better than in the equivalent month last year.

The two fleet forerunners, Vauxhall (-21.6%) and Ford (-16.8%), were in line with the industry.

Top 10 car makers
ManufacturerFeb 2009Feb 2008% change
Toyota15801186 33.2
Nissan14191298 9.3

Top 10 models
ModelFeb 2009Feb 2008% change
Ford Focus28083533-20.5
Vauxhall Astra25333997-36.6
Vauxhall Corsa23762134 11.3
Ford Fiesta20781536 35.3
Volkswagen Golf12672211-42.7
Vauxhall Insignia11100n/a
Vauxhall Zafira10081670-39.6
Volkswagen Passat8281113-25.6
Ford Mondeo8281459-43.2
Volkswagen Polo745508 46.7