Birmingham van maker LDV has put its recent troubles behind it to double the number of vehicles it sold in February.
The Washwood Heath firm, whose £234 million debts plunged it into temporary administration in December, sold 504 units last month, up from 226 in February 2005.
The performance, which was bolstered by its relatively new Maxus, was particularly strong in the context of the overall light commercial vehicle market where sales fell by 6.74 per cent.
In the year to date, despite shedding 200 staff, LDV increased its sales by 26 per cent from 396 vans in 2005 to 626 this year.
Rolling year on year commercial vehicle registrations were down 2.2 per cent to 384,122 in the figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
February registrations were down six per cent from 2005 at 18,137, while in the year to date, there was a 4.1 per cent slump to 43,683. Christopher Macgowan, chief executive at the SMMT, said: "Despite a small drop in the rolling year figures, the level remains well above the long term average."
In the cars sector Midland-based marques continued to have a torrid time.
Jaguar saw sales dip by 21 per cent, with registrations down from 614 in February 2005 to 485 last month.
In the year to date sales for the company, which makes three of its four models in Birmingham, were down 17.8 per cent to 1,894.
Sister company Land Rover saw sales dip by six per cent to 951 in February, although registrations were 1.5 per cent ahead in the year to date at 4,233.
Despite MG Rover stopping producing cars ten months ago, new registrations of its vehicles still continued with 172 MGs sold last month, down 83 per cent on last year.
Rover cars were also 83 per cent down, but managed to sell 212 in February, and 665 in the year to date (83 per cent down).
Toyota, which produces the Corolla and Avensis at Burnaston near Derby, faced a slight check in its upward march, with sales down 6.25 per cent at 2,728 in February.
In the year to date it has sold 10,074, down 22 per cent from last year.
Mini suffered an even steeper sales decline - with 803 registrations, adrift 44 per cent on last year.
Both performances were far worse than the industry average of a 9.75 per cent dip in the year to date, while the month of February alone saw 1.42 per cent less new cars than February 2005.
Mr Macgowan said: "So far the market this year has suffered from two things; firstly a surge in demand for diesel cars distorting things at the end of 2005, and secondly weaker consumer confidence.
"However we believe March will present a more accurate barometer of the performance for the year."