Ford, the current market leader for the year, has extended its lead gap over its nearest rival during the bumper September sales month, as well as through 2013.
According to the official figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Ford extended its car sales lead over nearest rival by 15.1% in September and by 8.6% for the year to date.
Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Industry sales have grown steadily in the UK this year and as Ford sales have increased so has our sales lead over our nearest rival. Ford’s market leadership is founded on our best-ever vehicle range supported by the expertise of Ford Credit and our outstanding UK dealer network. The strength of our appeal to private customers, who have driven up our share of more profitable retail sales, is testimony to the effectiveness of this combination.”
Ford car sales in September were 51,084, up from 47,370 in September 2012. For the year to date Ford car sales were 249,017, up from 224,369 for the same period in 2012. Ford total vehicle sales, which include Commercial Vehicles, were 61,651, up from 57,818 in September 2012.
Ford Fiesta was the UK best-seller in September with increased sales, compared with September 2012. Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus are the number one and two best-sellers for the year to date – both models have increased sales and share, compared with the same period in 2012. Ford’s share of retail car sales in September was up 0.1 of a percentage point at 12.6%, compared with September 2012, and for the year to date retail share was up 1.0 percentage points at 13.3%, compared with the same period in 2012.
Ford Transit is in its 48th consecutive year as the UK’s best-selling commercial vehicle. Transit holds 14.7% of the CV market for the year to date compared with 5.7% for its nearest challenger. In September, Transit accounted for 14.0% of the total CV market and sales of the recently launched Transit Custom have already exceeded 7,000, to add to that share.
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