With December's fleet sales figures likely to be between 40,000 and 50,000 units this year's fleet figures will be at an all-time high. The continuing rise in fleet sales - last month's figures offset a 1.1% decline in the retail sector which contributed to virtually static total new car sales for November of 152,314 - brightens an economically gloomy outlook.
Ford topped the November fleet sales figures with 18,284 units - 2.69% below November last year - with Vauxhall selling 14,498 vehicles into the sector - 0.2% up on November last year - and in the Astra had the best selling fleet car. However, combined Ford Escort and Ford Focus registrations would put the 'blue oval' ahead of its chief rival. Rover's well documented decline continued with a 45.29% year-on-year fall to 5,358 vehicles (November 1997: 9,794), while Renault's 20.74% year-on-year sales rise to 7,456 units took the manufacturer ahead of its French rival Peugeot, which saw fleet sales drop 6.23% to 6,128.
Top 10 best-selling fleet manufacturers in November were: Ford 18,284, Vauxhall 14,498, Renault 7,456, Peugeot 6,128, Rover 5,039, Volkswagen 4,482, Nissan 3,323, Fiat 3,288, Toyota 3,058, Citroen 1,903.
Fleet NewsNet has been unable to publish its usual comprehensive fleet sales figures due to delays in the availability of the statistics.