Fleet sales last month totalled 85,142 (February 1997: 81,753) to take a 48.07% share of last month's new car sales market which totalled 177,133 - 8.3% up on February 1997's figure of 163,492 - the third highest February total on record after the record years of 1988 and 1989. Fleet registrations this year are up 4.8% at 188,677 (1997: 179,988) with total new car sales standing at 409,188 (1997: 370,477).
Ford led the way last month with fleet sales of 17,936 - up 1.2% year-on-year - and in the Mondeo the manufacturer had the best-selling fleet car for the month. Vauxhall held second place with sales up 1.6%, but both Peugeot and Rover saw fleet sales slip by 6.5% and 7.1% respectively with the major beneficiary continuing to be Renault, which saw fleet sales increase 17.4%. The rise and fall of those three manufacturers resulted in Peugeot narrowly staying ahead of Renault, with Rover dropping to fifth spot.