|The Ford Fiesta was selling well|
A unique time in the UK was not having any British car in the Top 10, which ended in 1998. The 200 and 400 models had both been reasonably successful but the range overall just wasn't good enough. A collaboration would have been essential to freshen the line up but owner BMW didn't go that way.
As a consequence, Rover concluded 1999 on a historically low 6th place in total sales. Peugeot, Renault and VW were now all ahead, in that order. A record four European models made the Top 10 in 1995. The Mégane included the Scénic MPV derivative which was counted as one back then. In 1998, UK production of the 306 switched to the 206, which would prove to be the last model made locally.
Below, blank spaces indicate when a model is not in the Top 20. The darker shading is a Top 10 finish.
|13||BMW 3 Series||47,265||37,219||40,312||41,958||41,032|
|% of Total||35.9||38.0||39.3||41.9||44.3|
Data source: SMMT.
Other years in the series:
65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 00-04, 05-09, 10-14.