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On course to break record as fleet sales rise yet again

FLEET sales continued their inexorable rise last month, setting a new June record and meaning fleet registrations have been at record levels for 18 of the last 21 months.

In a relatively low-key month fleet sales were 1.6% up on June 1997 at 85,745 (84,420) in a total new car market 11.9% ahead of June last year at 169,789 (151,620). And with fleet sales up year-on-year for each month of 1998 - now totalling 557,359 (1997: 522,322) - 1998 fleet sales will almost certainly break last year's record of 1,018,491 units. Total new car registrations for the first six months now stand at 1,136,892 (1997: 1,054,715).

Last month fleet sales accounted for 50.5% of the total new car market, with Ford leading the way with 19.210 registrations - 3.6% down on June 1997's total of 19,928. The Mondeo was the best-selling fleet car despite an 8.8% year-on-year drop in fleet registrations to 7,099, but sales of the Escort, the second best-selling fleet car, were up 8.2% at 6,008.

Top 10 best-selling fleet manufacturers in June were: Ford 19,210, Vauxhall 12,623, Rover 8,274, Peugeot 7,374, Renault 6,168, Fiat 4,377, Nissan 4,162, Volkswagen 3,772, Toyota 3,670, Citroen 2,252. Top 10 best-selling fleet models in June were: Ford Mondeo 7,099, Ford Escort 6,008, Vauxhall Vectra 5,211, Ford Fiesta 3,891, Rover 400 3,872, Peugeot 306 3,582, Vauxhall Astra 3,311, Renault Megane 3,270, Rover 200 2,689, Fiat Punto 2,455.

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