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A mid-year round-up of market share and network objectives

Alfa Romeo 0.38% (0.4%)
Market share has stabilised after a strong rise last year, thanks to the 156. Prospects should be enhanced by estate version of the 156.

Audi 1.72% (1.57%)
A pleasing performance is expected to lead to maintained competitiveness through new model introductions, notably the A2. An important policy concerns the rising proportion of solus sites.

BMW 3.28% (3.48%)
Market share slipped although the 3 Series is performing well, benefiting from an increase in the number of variants. The company declined to provide any information concerning its dealer network, believed to total 155.

Chrysler Jeep 0.7% (0.67%)
Following the formation of DaimlerChrysler the UK operation has moved to Milton Keynes where Mercedes-Benz UK has long been based.

Citroen 3.36% (3.5%)
Citroen is regaining its reputation for innovation with offerings such as the Picasso MPV.

Daewoo 1.69% (1.25%)
Despite a rough ride in Korea, Daewoo's UK performance has been highly encouraging with a rise in market share. At present there are 61 sales points.

Daihatsu 0.19% (0.42%)
Daihatsu's worrying decline in market share reflects a change in policy from an emphasis on volume to a greater concern for profitability.

Ferrari
A strong economy and an increasing number of wealthy entrepreneurs and celebrities has brought buoyant demand for Ferrari.

Fiat 4.04% (3.74%)
The network is benefiting from rising sales thanks to the success of the latest Punto and progress should be maintained.

Ford 17.33% (17.04%)
Rumours are circulating within the dealer network that far reaching changes will take place during the short to medium term.

Honda 3.51% (3.01%)
No details have been forthcoming concerning Honda's dealer development proposals - the current representation of 180 dealerships is unlikely to change greatly.

Hyundai 1.3% (1.01%)
Hyundai has recorded a strong gain in market share recently and is known to be favoured by some of the major dealer groups.

Isuzu 0.08% (0.14%)
Isuzu's dealer count fell by two during the past year and erosion of a further two is anticipated by the end of 2000.

Jaguar 0.65% (0.34%)
Dealers are enjoying bubbling conditions and market share was almost double the 1999 period. There is the promise of higher volume next year following the planned launch of the X400.

Kia 0.73% (0.05%)
After setting an ambitious target, Kia's total of dealerships rose by 28 to 86 and there are plans to add a further 24 in 2000.

Land Rover (market share included with Rover)
Ford-owned Land Rover has 133 dealers and is looking to appoint a further two by the end of the year. There are four service-only outlets.

Lexus 0.38% (0.1%)
Lexus has secured a strongly improved competitive position as a result of success for the IS200 and progress should continue when an off-road model arrives.

Lotus 0.07% (0.09%)
Market share slipped during the first quarter but the 31 dealers can look forward to higher volumes when the M250 - slotted between the Elise and Esprit - is launched.

Mazda 1.01% (1.14%)
Mazda is looking to add 14 dealers by the end of 2000 to bring its network to 165 outlets. There was a net gain of two in the past year as seven were added and five relinquished.

Mercedes-Benz 2.74% (2.68%)
Mercedes-Benz's network looks a pillar of stability with 155 outlets and seven service-only locations.

Mitsubishi 0.72% (0.91%)
Mitsubishi plans to appoint five new dealers during 2000 to bring the total to 125. It owns seven retail sites but the company declined to disclose whether this number would be increased.

Nissan 3.61% (4.19%)
Nissan's franchised network expanded strongly during the past year, with 14 additions to 243. A further eight dealers are expected to be appointed this year.

Perodua 0.05% (0.03%)
The importer is building up its sales level and dealer network. At the end of March the number stood at 43 (up 13 during the past 12 months).

Peugeot 8.59% (8.41%)
Apart from Daewoo, Peugeot has the largest manufacturer-owned estate and a “small increase” is anticipated in the future.

Porsche 0.18% (0.24%)
There are 32 dealerships, 12 of which are solus and four manufacturer-owned. In addition, there is a single service-only location.

Proton 0.14% (0.59%)
There are 109 outlets (a reduction of five) and Proton's ambitious plan is to boost representation by 80 outlets this year.

Renault 7.53% (8.39%)
The dealership count has fallen by 14 and now totals 311. The company has not revealed the end-of-year target other than to state that there will be 165 main dealers.

Rolls-Royce/Bentley 0.02% (0.02%)
There will be an element of upheaval as Bentley and Rolls-Royce separate - unless Volkswagen takes over BMW or buys the Rolls-Royce marque.

Rover 6.04% (6.7%)
The Rover dealer network stands at 304 at present but the future seems entirely in the melting pot.

Saab 0.69% (0.79%)
Saab's network has increased by one and stands at 97, a level which is expected to remain unchanged for the remainder of the year.

Seat 0.87% (0.62%)
Seat's franchised network comprises 136 dealers but no details were forthcoming concerning future intentions.

Skoda 1.13% (1%)
Skoda's revitalisation continues and has been furthered by the launch of Fabia.

Subaru 0.44% (0.45%)
Subaru's network looks settled with a total of 113 outlets, an increase of one over the past year.

Suzuki 1.06% (1.06%)
Suzuki's franchised network totals 145, an increase of two over the past year.

Tata
The network should rise from 50 to 78 by the end of the year.

Toyota 3.75% (3.44%)
Toyota's franchised network is another which looks well settled with the current level of 226 likely to hold steady during 2000.

Vauxhall 13.67% (13.44%)

Vauxhall's franchised network amounts to 509 outlets (including core dealerships and satellites) which makes it the second largest in the country. It again declined to indicate numerical targets for the end of 2000.

Volkswagen 6.43% (7.21%)
There was a dip in market share but Volkswagen has enjoyed strong demand in the UK recently. There are 260 outlets but no indication of the end-of-year target.

Volvo 1.76% (1.71%)
Volvo has established 113 market territories which contain 170 outlets and 10 service-only locations. No change is anticipated during the course of the current year.



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