Vauxhall has trounced its rivals with a near-wholesale domination of UK car sales in December 2010, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Vauxhall sold 16,548 cars last month - nearly 2,600 more than its closest rival - while the Vauxhall Astra was the UK's best-selling car, with the Vauxhall Corsa close behind, selling 5377 and 4737 units respectively.
This rounded off a highly successful year for the Vauxhall Astra, with sales in excess of 80,000 for 2010. The popular range also took class honours in the retail sector, which it led with total sales of 1,511 units in December 2010.
In four key segments, Vauxhall again led the competition. Vauxhall Corsa, Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Insignia each topped class sales, while in the compact MPV sector, the Vauxhall Zafira was the most popular with the new Vauxhall Meriva taking a creditable third position.
Vauxhall was also a winner with UK fleets in December. Vauxhall Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Zafira each headed their classes for company car sales, contributing to overall fleet sales of 11,796 units.
This rounded off a buoyant 2010 for Vauxhall. The Vauxhall Astra was last year's biggest selling retail car, while both the Vauxhall Insignia and Vauxhall Zafira led their respective segments overall, with the Vauxhall Insignia proving the most popular fleet purchase in the mid-size sector.
"This has been a great way to end 2010, and proves that we're back on track with a strong sales performance in both fleet and retail sectors," said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall's Managing Director. "Our newest models, like the Astra, Insignia and Meriva have raised the bar in their sectors while cars like the Corsa and Zafira are still proving immensely popular with our customers. I'm confident that 2011 will bring even more success for us."
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