VW Golf at top of the leader board

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

Source: SMMT.

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