Some vehicle manufacturers are avoiding the slump in sales that has hit the new vehicle industry.
The recession has seen sales of passenger and commercial vehicles down by 31.3% this year.
However Motor Industry Association figures to the end of August show Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Kia have dramatically increased their market share.
Hyundai and Kia attribute this to continued advertising and good prices while Mercedes says its sales have recovered this year following a 24% slump in the luxury car market last year.
Toyota remains number one for new vehicles, with about 19% of the market.