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no surprise given their demise, and Lotus's speedy decline is also expected given its production issues and unclear future as parent Proton is sold. Renault's 2012 reorganisation plan has been well documented, nevertheless its 43.2% plunge in Q1, to take a market share of just 2%, must be of further concern to its dealers. Mitsubishi, too, has seen a massive volume drop of 41.2%. Its network has undergone a fair bit of churn in recent months - some dealers weren't happy at the investment demanded for the carmak­er's electric vehicle roll-out.Honda's network can't get the new low CO2 Civic quickly enough if its Q1 drop of 13.4% is to go by, and Vauxhall's 13.3% decline is largely tactical, as the brand puts profitability above absolute volume.March in focusViewing March's results in isolation, Ford's growth of 1.9% to 53,830 units ensured it remained well in the clear at the top of the table, particularly as New car marketMarch 2012 1 Ford Fiesta 22,667 1 Ford Fiesta 33,3902 Vauxhall Corsa 17,271 2 Ford Focus 24,4423 Ford Focus 15,086 3 Vauxhall Corsa 23,7504 Volkswagen Golf 11,945 4 Volkswagen Golf 18,7945 Vauxhall Astra 9,965 5 Vauxhall Astra 14,8946 Nissan Qashqai 8,487 6 Nissan Qashai 12,4917 Volkswagen Polo 7,748 7 Volkswagen Polo 12,1648 Toyota Yaris 6,973 8 Peugeot 207 10,2219 Peugeot 207 6,948 9 BMW 3 Series 9,94810 BMW 3 Series 6,472 10 Mercedes C-Class 9,485Top 10 best-sellersSource: www.smmt.co.uk? MG 3,228.57%? SsangYong 2,377.78%? Chrysler 292.96%? Infiniti 54.84%? Jeep 48.58%? Chevrolet 40.37% ? Bentley 30.04%? Porsche 27.62%? Skoda 24.22%? Nissan 20.30%? Daihatsu 100.00% ? Saab -95.21%? Lotus -73.68% ? Renault -43.21% ? Mitsubishi -41.19%? Proton -39.49%? Alfa Romeo -26.65%? Honda -13.39%? Vauxhall -13.29%? Perodua -11.76%BIGGEST GROWERS YEAR TO DATEBIGGEST FALLERS YEAR TO DATEContinuessecond-placed Vauxhall has continued on its down­wards trajectory. Two in every three Fords regis­tered in the month were either a Fiesta or a Focus. Volkswagen continued to gain ground on Vauxhall with 9.6% growth to 30,756 units, with Golf and Polo its best sellers. Expect further growth from the German brand later this year as deliveries of its new Up city car are ramped up. It is particularly inter­esting to see its premium stablemate Audi ranked fourth in the month after a 12.9% growth spurt, all the more fascinating as it has no model in the top 10 sellers list, which must signal a broader demand for its extensive range of cars.Honda needs the launch of its new low CO2 Civic to help increase its new car sales

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