A ’Stang in the tail
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.