VW Golf at top of the leader board
THERE was a change in the sales hierarchy in February when Volkswagen’s indomitable Golf pipped the usual Fords to be the nation’s best seller.
Its February total was 2,709, with the Corsa on 2,617 and Focus, on its run-out ahead of a new model, on 2,483. Fiesta came fourth (2,404) and Astra was fifth on 2,036. This will disappoint Vauxhall, which expects Astra to outsell the old Focus.
One blip doesn’t amount to a turn-around of the status quo, and Golf stands at fourth overall in the first two months of 2011.
The top three are Focus (10,065), Fiesta (8,248) and Corsa (6,980), then, after Golf, the Astra. The two-month top 10 is completed by Polo, Insignia, 3-Series BMW, Qashqai and Zafira.
Ford can be happy with its top two but missing from the chart is the recently revised Mondeo, a pity because it is a good car but reflects the buying trends.
BMW’s ever present 3-Series shows the appeal of its higheconomy, low-CO2 320d diesel in a smart chassis and classy body.
Significant gains by marque include 47 per cent for Alfa Romeo, while parent Fiat dived 33pc. BMW was up 47pc and Mercedes-Benz by 29pc but Porsche fell 17pc.
Hyundai, which did so well from the scrappage rebates, slumped nearly 42pc, Renault lost nearly 40pc, Smart 51pc, Volvo 29pc and Daihatsu crashed 96pc after it withdrew from the European market because of exchange rates.
Importer IM Group expects to sell China’s Great Wall brand this year.
Toyota dropped 30pc and stablemate Lexus 26pc – perhaps after the recall troubles. Kia (44pc) and Jeep (52pc) were also losers.