Sales of convertibles in the UK rose by 21% between January and August, according to Peugeot which sells 206 and 307 CC models with folding hardtops.

Peugeot’s 206CC, the 2+2-seat car that brought the electric folding roof to the volume market at an affordable price, tops the drop-top sales charts and has sold 32,798 cars since launch in 2001. With 6,317 vehicles moved in the first eight months of 2004, 206 sales are up 5.4% over the same period in 2003.

Peugeot claimed the 206 is the only vehicle of the top three selling models which continues to increase its sales but more competition is looming in the form of GM Europe’s just-launched Vauxhall (Opel) Tigra, a two-seater, and the Nissan Micra C+C due on sale in mid-2005.