MOTOR manufacturer Vauxhall has topped the UK market for light vans, including its Ellesmere Port-built Astravan.
It is the first time Vauxhall has been honoured in the light commercial vehicle sector since records began.
Its Luton-built Vivaro was named best- selling medium van while its Combo, Corsavan and Astravan took the top three positions in the light van category.
Vauxhall’s parent company General Motors (GM) achieved 4,332 sales in October, knocking its closest rival off the top spot for the first time ever.
Preliminary data suggests Vauxhall also achieved a record market share of 23.83%, accounting for almost one in four of all light commercials sold in the UK.
Sales were especially strong in the light van segment, with the Combo, Corsavan and Ellesmere-Port built Astravan claiming the top three sales positions respectively.
The Vivaro was Britain’s best-selling medium panel van, accounting for 24.98% of sales in the sector.
Vauxhall has also increased its market share year-on-year by 1.2 percentage points, accounting for 16.8% of van sales for the whole of 2008 to date.
Vauxhall’s national CV sales manager, Richard Collier, said: “Even in a challeng- ing market, customers appreciate great products and good levels of service – that’s what Vauxhall delivers, and we’re thrilled that this is reflected in our sales figures.
“To be number one for the first time ever is an incredible achievement.”
GM builds more than 100,000 vans a year in the UK – the Astravan and its derivatives in Ellesmere Port, and the Vivaro in Luton. Between them, the two plants directly employ more than 3,000 British workers.