Ford of Britain galloped to victory in the March car sales chase - crossing the line more than 9,000 units ahead of its nearest rival. All eyes are on results from March, when the new '05' plate debuted, as the largest market of the year.

For Ford a total of 64,453 car sales secured a 14.6 per cent share of the March market and propelled the blue oval further ahead as the UK's top selling brand. Other Ford highlights according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) include:

The Ford Focus retains the title of Britain's favourite car as more drivers get behind the wheel of the all-new Focus, which went on sale earlier this year. Almost 20 per cent more Focus models were sold in March 2005 compared with a year ago (27,750 this year versus 23,190 in 2004). Focus sales are expected to rise still further once the new four-door saloon model joins the range next month.

Paul Thomas, Ford of Britain managing director, said: "Ford pays the most attention to what private motorists like and the cars they choose to drive. Our success in this sector proves that Ford offers a winning formula. Leading the market in such a busy sales month and with new Focus occupying the number one spot shows we're looking forward to another year of success."

Published : 07/04/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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