Ford Fiesta and Focus drive February sales

Sales figures show Ford has maintained its position as the best-selling brand in 2010, with the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus in first and second place respectively in the best-selling cars table for this year.

There was further good news for the manufacturer in February 2010, when Ford recorded higher sales than previous years for the Ford Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy range.

Similarly, the commercial vehicle range, led by the popular Ford Transit, sold more than February 2009, giving the manufacturer a 15.7 per cent market share so far this year.

However, the scrappage scheme is due to end on 31 March and could signal a tough time for the car industry.

Car sales have risen in each of the eight months the scheme was running for, but industry analysts are expecting a drop in sales towards the end of the year.

Nigel Sharp, Ford Britain managing director, was bullish about Ford sales for 2010. He said: “February is traditionally a curtain raiser to the plate change month of March.

"Ford’s ongoing freshening of its range will be unrelenting in 2010 with the new Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy range appearing in April, the new Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX later in the year as well as a number of new engine and transmission introductions.”