Renault UK Shifts Into Third In May Sales

Continuing its trend of strong monthly results, Renault UK leapt into third place in May's sales tables. The nationwide success of new Clio, Mégane and Laguna, plus the number one performance of Renault in Scotland and Northern Ireland helped sustain the company's continuing growth.

Renault sales increased from 14,169 in May 2001 to 16,904 last month, an increase of 2,735 units. Renault's market share rose from by a full percentage point from 7.1% in May 2001 to 8.1% this year overtaking Peugeot (7.63%) for third place for the month, while closing on Vauxhall (11.69%) and Ford (16.13%).

Renault remains fourth in the market for the first five months of 2002 with 7.6% share of the UK market, while its volume has increased by 16.6% compared to the first five months of 2001. Equating to a volume increase of 12,351 more cars, this is the largest increase of any manufacturer in the UK market and helps explain why Renault is now Number One across Europe deposing Volkswagen.

With one of the youngest model ranges of any company, sales increased in particular on the back of new Clio introduced in June last year, new Laguna which was launched in April 2001, and Mégane which is to be replaced later this year.

Clio and Mégane continue to perform strongly.

Clio took fourth position in the UK Top Ten in May with 3.73% of the market while Mégane (including Scénic) continues to perform strongly, securing eighth place with 3.04% of the market.

Compared to its performance in May 2001, Clio sales have increased by 64% in May 2002 selling 7,788 units, while year to date its performance has increased by 24% to 40,336 compared to 32,505 in the same period in 200, due in particular to the class-leading dCi diesel engines and Sport Collection versions.

. especially in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The performance of Clio and Mégane in both Scotland and Northern Ireland - first and second respectively in both cases - has secured top manufacturer status for Renault in both.

In Scotland, Clio secured its first place by taking 7.51% (1,159 units) of the market in May followed by Mégane with 6.93% (1,070 units), a convincing lead considering the next closest competitor was almost 2% behind to take third place.

The story is much the same in Northern Ireland with Clio taking 6.95% (369 units) of the market in May and Mégane following it into second with 6.83% (363 units), securing Renault's Number One spot for 2002 so far.

Published 17 June 2002 Melanie Carter

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