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all of whom have posted healthy gains YTD.At a model level, the Volkswagen Golf is the fifth best-selling car YTD, while the BMW 3 Series is seventh. Years ago, there was a huge fuss when the 3 Series first overtook the Ford Mondeo. Now it outsells the Ford by more than 2:1. Could user-choosers one day go for what used to be called "volume models" over premium ones, on the grounds that they are more exclusive?In the mid-table, the traditional volume brands such as Renault and Peugeot are coming under huge pressure from below as well as above. Kia and Hyundai are now in shouting distance of Toyota, while Skoda is not far behind the Koreans. Five years ago, the idea that Kia might sell more cars to fleets than Toyota would have been laughable. In July, it actually happened. The interesting thing is that the three economy brands are not rising because of any one particular star car in their range: none of their models indi­vidually makes the top 20. What is more worrying for competitors is that they are advancing across a number of segments at the same time: for example, most Kia models have sold between 2,000 and 4,000 fleet units so far this year. Down at the far end of the table, the brand with the most ground to make up is Jeep, which has fallen behind Porsche, while sister brand Chrysler has all but ceased to exist in the fleet market. The parent company is making bullish noises about the future, but these American brands have fallen so far behind that it is going to take a herculean effort to turn them around. Sales figuresFocus success sends Ford to top of best-sellers listBy Jay Nagley, Spyder AutomotiveWith a fleet proportion of 57.4% in July, the fleet market continued its strong performance of recent months. The proportion is 52.8% year-to-date, which is the highest figure since well before the recession started in 2008.Vauxhall continues to take the top spot, which it wrested from Ford in late 2010, although Ford fought back in July, retaking leadership for the month by a small margin.The main reason is the new Ford Focus, which is now the best-selling fleet model. In fact, there is an odd symmetry at work: the Focus is approximately 2,500 sales ahead of the Astra, while the Insignia is approximately 2,500 units ahead of the Mondeo.It will take a bit of time for the new Focus to settle down, but first indications are that it is doing good business. So far in Europe, Ford's gamble on the Focus as a single world car is paying off, but it is too early to tell if the Americans will take to it as enthusiastically. Behind the top two comes the now equally-tradi­tional German trio of Volkswagen, BMW and Audi, Ford's Focus is now the best-selling fleet model

Sales figuresNewsinsightManufacturer newsFleetprofileRemarketing analysisNews digestCar Recruitmentreviewslist July July YTD YTD Manufacturer 2011 2010 % change 2011 2010 % change Ford 11,915 10,867 9.64% 94,185 100,752 -6.52%Vauxhall 11,647 11,310 2.98% 100,141 94,308 6.19%Volkswagen 9,037 8,239 9.69% 64,614 58,584 10.29%Audi 5,023 3,844 30.67% 40,006 36,956 8.25%BMW 4,988 5,198 -4.04% 41,797 33,873 23.39%Peugeot 4,121 5,099 -19.18% 33,419 37,069 -9.85%Nissan 3,974 4,013 -0.97% 27,574 25,065 10.01%Mercedes-Benz 3,252 2,866 13.47% 25,807 21,294 21.19%Kia 2,523 1,261 100.08% 15,231 9,567 59.20%Renault 2,409 3,257 -26.04% 22,083 28,033 -21.22%Toyota 2,122 2,632 -19.38% 16,845 19,765 -14.77%Citroën 2,040 2,429 -16.01% 18,096 21,197 -14.63%Skoda 1,739 1,675 3.82% 12,556 9,174 36.87%Hyundai 1,664 871 91.04% 14,361 11,964 20.04%Seat 1,651 1,620 1.91% 10,798 11,087 -2.61%Volvo 1,242 1,228 1.14% 12,085 12,550 -3.71%Land Rover 1,006 761 32.19% 6,875 7,136 -3.66%Honda 962 1,472 -34.65% 10,998 13,433 -18.13%Mini 867 692 25.29% 10283 7,109 44.65%Fiat 713 1,072 -33.49% 5,841 8,414 -30.58%Chevrolet 536 360 48.89% 3,810 2,854 33.50%Mazda 467 1,195 -60.92% 7,899 8,937 -11.61%Jaguar 457 561 -18.54% 3,724 3,953 -5.79%Alfa Romeo 316 274 15.33% 3,924 1,647 138.25%Suzuki 153 106 44.34% 988 642 53.89%Mitsubishi 150 101 48.51% 2,024 1,574 28.59%Lexus 136 221 -38.46% 2,023 2,096 -3.48%Porsche 86 85 1.18% 443 596 -25.67%Saab 72 166 -56.63% 1,909 601 217.64%Smart 69 183 -62.30% 968 1,016 -4.72%Jeep 32 20 60.00% 388 372 4.30%Aston Martin 22 40 -45.00% 233 219 6.39%Lotus 22 28 -21.43% 158 131 20.61%Bentley 18 69 -73.91% 243 277 -12.27%Infiniti 17 7 142.86% 72 26 176.92%Chrysler 12 40 -70.00% 176 442 -60.18%Subaru 10 20 -50.00% 499 573 -12.91%Maserati 7 10 -30.00% 60 74 -18.92%Total 75,477 73,892 -2.10% 613,136 593,360 -3.22%Fleet sales: July