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New car market Aftersales conference News Showroom AM contacts Used car market News digest Recruitment ?? ?? Continues ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? vehicles ordered under scrappage are delivered. However, Robinson warned of " fragility" in the market. " The impending General Election is also likely to be a distraction for consumers and to keep buyers out of the showroom in the short term. Once the election result is known, it is likely to give a boost to consumer confidence, which should encourage the public to buy cars," she added. Top risers Plenty of the mainstream, value and even prestige brands have pulled thousands of registrations ahead of this time last year. Hyundai and Kia were star performers, and not all of their growth was down to scrappage orders either. Picanto, Rio, Cee'd and Sportage all sold well for Kia, while Hyundai's growth was fuelled by i10, i20 and i30. Kia Motors UK sales director Yaser Shabsogh said: " While scrappage has undoubtedly helped new car volumes since May of last year the general retail marketing is currently very strong and dealers are reporting good levels of showroom footfall and healthy orders even without scrappage. In fact , our Q1 non- scrappage sales were up by 22% against last year. " The success of Kia in the first quarter shows that the brand has become a true mainstream compet­itor amongst retail customers and that is a tribute to the efforts of our dealers over the past year and more," he added. Renault, deep in the doldrums this time last year, now has its foot firmly back on the accelerator with 20,919 units, mostly Clios or Meganes. Its alliance partner Nissan also is performing strongly with 14,780 registrations, led by its British- built Qashqai, Note and Micra. Market leader Ford grew its sales by almost 10,000 to 62,075 registrations, with Fiesta and Focus

New car market Aftersales conference News Showroom AM contacts Used car market News digest Recruitment occupying the top two places in the month's best sellers chart. Nigel Sharp, Ford of Britain managing director, said: " Ford's success in the crucial plate change month of March is the result of our best- ever vehicle range and the impact of our spring marketing campaign, which established lower price points for the most popular models. Ford is now over 27,000 car sales ahead of our nearest rival for the year to date, an increase of more than a half compared with the same period last year." Other solid performances were recorded by Audi, Citroën, Fiat, Land Rover, Mazda, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda, Subaru and Volvo, who all achieved double- digit growth. Indeed, Land Rover UK's result was its highest sales for any month in the company's 62- year history. Few fallers Saab suffered considerably in March - down 1,286 registrations ( 52.62%) on its performance in March 2009. Lexus suffered a 333- unit ( 19.53%) drop. Chrysler and Dodge also felt some pain, though this has been relieved by doubling sales of their Jeep sister brand. Suzuki's month- end was also down, but its Q1 total remains ahead of the previous year. March Year- to- date 1 Fiesta 23,681 1 Fiesta 35,802 2 Focus 17,989 2 Focus 27,977 3 Astra 15,326 3 Corsa 23,267 4 Corsa 15,088 4 Astra 22,925 5 Golf 9,976 5 Golf 16,950 6 207 8,926 6 Polo 15,187 7 Clio 8,641 7 207 14,201 8 MINI 7,919 8 Clio 12,121 9 Polo 7,580 9 i10 11,088 10 Megané 6,247 10 MINI 11,027 Top 10 best- sellers Scrappage scheme figures Manufacturer Jan- 09 Feb- 10 Mar- 10 Total TD Audi 401 111 726 4,298 BMW 160 80 296 3,706 Chevrolet 289 157 292 3,991 Chrysler 12 1 3 185 Citroen 399 240 1,081 11,228 Daihatsu 8 10 8 675 Dodge 26 6 4 278 Fiat Group * 2,065 977 3,894 29,781 Ford 2,739 970 6,157 43,874 Honda 604 231 1,827 12,522 Hyundai 3,396 2,142 5,169 43,992 Isuzu 32 21 47 275 Iveco 4 6 7 44 Jaguar 14 5 44 327 Jeep 27 15 20 210 Kia 2,657 2,151 3,573 29,997 Land Rover 119 33 293 1,443 Lexus 11 - 7 83 LTI 23 24 18 292 Mazda 637 333 1,763 11,280 Mercedes- Benz 89 94 190 2,311 MG 12 3 18 104 MINI 416 156 576 6,563 Mitsubishi 92 49 247 2,352 Nissan 1,091 357 1,958 15,229 Perodua 20 12 38 295 Peugeot 1,053 491 2,313 16,249 Porsche 1 1 - 32 Proton 27 23 24 293 Renault 868 571 2,598 13,773 Saab 12 12 56 312 SEAT 434 124 923 6,639 Skoda 897 487 1,321 11,659 smart 94 68 138 1,701 Ssangyong - - - 2 Subaru 20 8 70 423 Suzuki 669 480 1,101 12,152 Toyota 1,530 555 2,867 28,521 Vauxhall 1,695 897 3,872 24,932 Volkswagen 3,634 1,796 5,065 30,335 Volvo 333 133 878 6,594 Total 26,610 13,837 49,487 378,978 * Fiat Group includes Fiat, Abarth and Alfa Romeo Scrappage table ( cars and LCVs): March 2010 Click here Continues ?? ??