A ’Stang in the tail

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HIGH­LIGHTS The mar­ket grew 1.8 per­cent com­pared to this time last year, mak­ing this our best Au­gust on record. Fuelling this were the Hyundai Tuc­son, which leapt to se­cond on the best-seller’s list on the back of sharp drive-away deals, and the Ford Mus­tang; its 748 sales for Au­gust makes us the big­gest right-hand-drive mar­ket glob­ally. And what about Peu­geot, up more than 70 per­cent to 374 sales com­pared with July after a change of lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor shook out the cob­webs. C’est bon!

LOWLIGHTS Sales jug­ger­naut Toy­ota Corolla had a softer month, be­ing out­sold by Hilux (4126) and Ford Ranger (3436) by big mar­gins. Nis­san grew its sales by a sin­gle car com­pared with July, its X-trail (1008 sales) hit hard by a rapidly as­cend­ing, all­new Honda CR-V that over­took it on the charts. Sur­pris­ingly, the usu­ally rock-solid Mazda missed a gear in Au­gust, fallin fall­ing 11 per­cent month-on-month as sales of its sta­ple 3 and reign­ing COTY CX-9 hit a pot­hole.

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