True fleet registrations in the U.K. increased 23.7% for the month of August, with the passenger car market also achieving the highest growth in 2018 which helped the total market reach its highest registration volume ever for the month of August, according to Dataforce.
Nine of the top 10 fleet brands in the U.K. achieved positive growth for August, reports Dataforce. The leading brand for the month was Volkswagen, which posted a 76% growth, its highest monthly market share for U.K. fleets. This was followed by Ford in second place with a 21.4% growth, and then Vauxhall, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Peugeot, which placed seventh, saw its best market share since February 2016 (up 73%), which was due to the strength of its SUV lineup. The last three of the top 10 were rounded out by SEAT, Kia, and Suzuki.
Some of the top sellers for the month had a direct impact on the fuel type shares in the market. While shares for diesel fell to a share of only 36.3% (which means a new all-time low point in true fleets), both full EVs and Hybrid powertrains scored new records of 1.0% and 10.7%, respectively. The most popular hybrid model for true fleets in the U.K. was the BMW’s 3 series, according to data from Dataforce.