Ford ended 2007 with 205,860 sales in fleet, a drop of 0.6% on 2006’s performance.
But Vauxhall was very close behind, selling 205,479 vehicles in 2007 – an increase of 5.5%.
Much of Vauxhall’s growth came from strong performances from the Astra and Vectra, up by 10.5% and 11.8% respectively.
The Vectra figure is especially impressive since the model will be replaced by the all-new Insignia later this year.
Much of the Vectra’s continued success comes down to the “tax-buster” Exclusiv model which is targeted at end-user drivers. Elsewhere for Vauxhall, the Zafira was up by 1.3% and the Corsa by 7%.
The Ford Focus remained the top-selling fleet car, despite being in run-out ready for a heavily revised model due next month.
Focus sales were down 12.7% in 2007, with Mondeo down 5.2% and Fiesta falling by just under 1%.
Of the rest of the top 10, Volkswagen saw the Golf increase sales by nearly 15% and Passat by almost 2%.
Finishing off the top 10 was the Renault Megane in seventh, down 8.5% on 2006.
In the manufacturers’ table, Volkswagen took third place (up 5.9%) with Peugeot and Renault in fourth and fifth, down by 2.4% and 9.5% respectively.
Audi edged out its arch rival BMW for sixth place, increasing sales this year by 28%. BMW in seventh was down by 4.1%.
Citroën saw a near-13% growth in registrations, while Honda with its glut of new products, including three-door Civics and the CR-V, saw sales rocket by 26%.
The new C-Class helped Mercedes-Benz into tenth spot with a 17.4% fleet sales increase.
The figure is 3.2% up on 2006. SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: “Strong order books suggest buoyant CV registration figures for many months to come.”
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