It’s an unprecedented third month in a row for Vauxhall at the top of the sales charts – the first time since records began that the Luton-based manufacturer has beaten its nearest rival over such a period.

The company sold 11,851 new cars in August, ahead of its closest competitor by 2,154 units.

Much of the success was down to the Astra, the most popular five-door hatchback version of which is built at the Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire. It was the UK’s best-selling model overall with 4,520 total sales. New Corsa also made a significant contribution, with 3,134 sales making it both the country’s favourite supermini, and also the most popular car among Britain’s private car buying customers.

What’s more, two other Vauxhall models were at the top of their market segments, with Zafira outselling all other MPVs and the evergreen Vectra continuing to lead the large family car market.

Vauxhall’s Managing Director, Bill Parfitt, said: “A third month at the top proves that Vauxhall has a brilliant range of products, and that the new generation of design and dynamic driving attributes exhibited by our model range is proving the hit we expected with British buyers. We are very proud of our growth in 2007.”

Up to the end of August, Vauxhall had sold 215,115 new cars this year, increasing its overall market share from 13.30 per cent year-to-date in 2006 to 14.14 per cent.

New models introduced this year include the Antara SUV and the sporty Corsa VXR and VXR8, while an all-new Agila city car is set to debut in early 2008.

Published : 06/09/07 Author : Melanie Carter

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