Hints of blue sky as fleet registrations start to recover
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|
|Manufacturer||Sept 09||Sept 08||% change|
|Top 10 fleet models – September 2009|
|Model||Sept 09||Sept 08||% change|
|1 Ford Focus||9566||7673||24.7|
|2 Ford Fiesta||7784||3996||94.8|
|3 Vauxhall Astra||7741||7631||1.4|
|4 Vauxhall Corsa||6699||5936||12.9|
|5 VW Golf||5815||6331||-8.2|
|6 Ford Mondeo||4507||5300||-15.0|
|7 BMW 3-series||3088||2278||35.4|
|8 Peugeot 207||2963||3357||-11.7|
|9 Peugeot 308||2921||2762||5.8|
|10 Vauxhall Insignia||2902||14||n/a|
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