Last month might have been the wettest June since records began, but it certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Vauxhall buyers.
Official figures released today show that Vauxhall overtook its main rival to become the best selling automotive brand in Britain, with a massive 33,161 car sales - that’s 3,447 more than its nearest competitor and gave Vauxhall a 14.88 per cent share of all car registrations in June.
The result was boosted by sales to private buyers, attracted to showrooms by exciting new product, exceptional finance deals and innovative environmental campaigns. For the first six months of 2007 more than 67,000 Vauxhall cars were registered to non-fleet customers, giving the company 10.4 per cent of the car retail market, its highest car retail share since 1995.
The Astra was overall number one best seller, and it was joined in the top-ten chart by the new Corsa, Vectra and Zafira which all out-sold their class rivals.
A total of 10,425 Astras found new homes in June, up 29.6 per cent on the same month last year. The award-winning new Corsa continues its success, with sales of 8,980 for the month. Since its launch in October last year, more than 61,000 new Corsas have been snapped up by eager buyers, and supply is struggling to keep up with demand.
Moving up the range the Vectra topped its sector with sales of 5,826, up from 5,067 last year, and the Zafira continued its dominance of the MPV market. An 11.4 per cent sales increase saw 5,224 sold in June, almost twice that of its nearest competitor.
It’s not just Vauxhall cars which had a great month - the commercial vehicles were also hot sellers, with registrations rising by 10.5 per cent compared to last June.
“Reaching the number one sales position is a testament to the quality of our products and the strength of our retail network,” said Bill Parfitt, Vauxhall Motors’ managing director. “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.”