17 March 2005

Vauxhall knocked Ford off the top of the UK new-car sales list last month, a rare occurrence in the Blue Oval’s 28-year leadership of the chart. Even for February, traditionally slow as motorists wait for March’s new number plate, buyers were scarce – 15.7 per cent down on February 2004.

But Vauxhall was celebrating after its sales total of 11,817 beat arch-rival Ford’s figures by 108 cars.

Vauxhall also had four cars in the top-10 models list, with the Astra second, Corsa third, Vectra seventh and Zafira 10th.

Other manufacturers celebrating a good February were BMW, Audi, Skoda, Saab and MG; while Rover, Lexus, Renault and Seat all suffered a sales drop of more than 40 per cent on February 2004.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK