Vauxhall accelerated ahead of arch rival Ford to top the new car sales table last month.
Not only did Vauxhall take a bigger share of the new car market than Ford, but its Astra model pipped the Ford Focus to become the best-selling model.
Overall, new car sales totalled 222,863 in June – up 1.5 per cent on the June 2006 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
Ford invariably sell more new cars than any other company but it took only a 13.33 per cent share of the market last month compared with Vauxhall’s 14.88 per cent.
The Astra, with sales of 11,054, was the best-selling model, with the Ford Focus (10,459) having to settle for second place.
It was the first time since September last year, and only the fourth time since May 2000, that the Focus had been pushed off number one spot.
Vauxhall Motors’ managing director Bill Parfitt said: ‘Reaching the number one sales position is a testament to the quality of our products and the strength of our retail network.
‘Models such as the Astra and Corsa are clearly hitting the right spot with the public and it’s truly encouraging to see that there has been a sharp increase in sales to private customers. When retail buyers choose a Vauxhall it’s proof that we have got our range just right.’
New car sales for the first six months of this year have reached 1.26 million – 2 per cent up on the January to June 2006 figure.
SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: ‘At the half point of the year, June is traditionally the time to take stock of one’s performance – and so far in 2007, things look encouraging.
‘However, while total new car registrations for the first six months are up on the previous year, they are still below the average since we moved to the twice-yearly plate change.’
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