(More) Greetings from Scotland!
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My exploration of Scottish roads continues, driving Scotland's best-selling car (for July), the Ford Fiesta, from Edinburgh to Loch Lomond. And while the Opel Astra has generally disappointed since the launch of the new generation a couple of years ago (it is only #7 so far in Europe), it looks like it still has many fans in Scotland where it is sold as the Vauxhall Astra. I saw so many on the roads today that I would have picked it as the current Scottish best-seller had I not had access to official sales data showing it ranks #3 year-to-date in 2012.
With Opel under siege for its poor European performance at the moment, it is interesting to see it leading the brands ranking in Scotland in 2012 year-to-date with 14,995 sales and 14.5% share, ahead of Ford at 13,075 and 12.6% and Volkswagen at 7,719 and 7.5%. Another proof was the significant amount of Vauxhall Insignias on the roads, with many station wagons. But Ford is not standing still, with the C-Max off to a reasonable start (and a favourite among fishermen) and the B-Max one of the main sponsors of the Edinburgh Fringe Summer Festival.
More pics and full 6 months 2012 Top 10 Brands Ranking Table below.