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UK 1997: Ford Mondeo starts with a bang, Fiesta leads at year-end

Ford Mondeo

In 1997, the Ford Fiesta stays on top for the second year in a row, but it didn’t look like it at the start of the year: boosted by its facelift, the Ford Mondeo was leading by a rather comfortable margin, with 6.8% share in January and 5.4% in February.

Ford Fiesta

However, the Mondeo finished the year 3rd behind the Ford Escort. The Vauxhall Vectra, Astra and Corsa follow. The Peugeot 306 passes the Renault Clio to become Britain’s best selling foreign model.

Full Year, January and February Top 10 Rankings below.

UK Full Year 1997:

Pos Model 1996
1 Ford Fiesta 1
2 Ford Escort 2
3 Ford Mondeo 3
4 Vauxhall Vectra 4
5 Vauxhall Astra 5
6 Vauxhall Corsa 6
7 Peugeot 306 9
8 Rover 200 10
9 Rover 400 7
10 Renault Clio 8

UK February 1997:

Pos Model Feb-97 % Jan-97 % Pos 2m 1997 % Pos 1996
1 Ford Mondeo 8,798 5.4% 14,100 6.8% 1 22,898 6.2% 1 3
2 Vauxhall Vectra 8,195 5.0% 8,497 4.1% 4 16,692 4.5% 4 5
3 Vauxhall Astra 7,609 4.7% 8,299 4.0% 5 15,908 4.3% 5 4
4 Ford Escort 7,299 4.5% 11,102 5.4% 2 18,401 5.0% 2 2
5 Ford Fiesta 7,250 4.5% 10,606 5.1% 3 17,856 4.8% 3 1
6 Vauxhall Corsa 6,110 3.8% 8,279 4.0% 6 14,389 3.9% 6 6
7 Peugeot 306 6,093 3.7% 5,810 2.8% 7 11,903 3.2% 7 8
8 Rover 400 5,344 3.3% 7
9 Rover 200 5,311 3.3% 5,396 2.6% 8 10,707 2.9% 8 11
10 Renault Megane 5,295 3.3%
Peugeot 106 5,284 2.6% 9
VW Polo 5,107 2.5% 10

Source: SMMT, Wikipedia

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