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Hints of blue sky as fleet registrations start to recover

Date: 06 October 2009

The fleet new car market showed a glimmer of optimism last month, recording the best year-on-year result so far in 2009.

The fleet market was 13.6% down on September 2008, compared with 25.1% down for the year to date and 21.6% down in August, prompting hopes of a recovery. But the downside for fleet was the diminished share of the market, as the scrappage scheme combined with the new '59' registration plate to see retail sales account for 62.8% of new car registrations. By comparison, the figure was 52.1% for September 2008's change to the '58' plate.

Ford continued its good form of 2009, showing sales up 13.3% thanks mainly to the popularity of the new Fiesta compared with the predecessor that was being run-out this time last year. Vauxhall was down 12.0%, ahead of the market in second place, with all of the top seven manufacturers performing above the market average, while Toyota, Nissan and Mercedes struggled, 34.8, 28.1 and 36.1% down year-on-year respectively. Honda and Renault, just outside the top ten, were down 22.9% and 40.1% respectively.

Top 10 fleet manufacturers – September 2009
ManufacturerSept 09Sept 08% change
1 Ford26,02422,96913.3
2 Vauxhall20,21022,973-12.0
3 VW13,43814,729-8.8
4 BMW904787493.4
5 Audi87938837-0.5
6 Peugeot71628481-15.6
7 Citroen5928533511.1
8 Toyota54128306-34.8
9 Nissan52897357-28.1
10 Mercedes50417884-36.1

Top 10 fleet models – September 2009
ModelSept 09Sept 08% change
1 Ford Focus9566767324.7
2 Ford Fiesta7784399694.8
3 Vauxhall Astra774176311.4
4 Vauxhall Corsa6699593612.9
5 VW Golf58156331-8.2
6 Ford Mondeo45075300-15.0
7 BMW 3-series3088227835.4
8 Peugeot 20729633357-11.7
9 Peugeot 308292127625.8
10 Vauxhall Insignia290214n/a