Renault is at the top of the statistics with 7,400 short-term registrations. It is followed closely by Volkswagen: the Wolfsburg-based company turned 6,900 vehicles -- 4.91 percent of their new registrations -- into "young used cars." The cars are then sold at higher discounts.
In percentage terms, MG Rover leads the list with 31.14 percent of all cars sold registered short-term.
Surprisingly two premium brands are also users of this unprofitable system: 161 units or 17.46 percent of a total of 920 newly-registered Jaguars were not sold directly to customers and of a total of 3,970 Porsches 411 units or 10.36 percent were short-term registrations. During the same quarter of 2003, Porsche's share in short-term registrations was 7.86 percent; Jaguar's was 12.28 percent.
Also surprising: Opel is currently the manufacturer with the smallest number of day registrations. Only 463 units of the total of 77,800 new registrations were short-term registrations, which is a share of 0.6 percent.
Other manufacturers that stayed below the 2 percent mark are Peugeot (1.72 percent), Seat (1.48), Skoda (1.33) and Volvo (1.93).