For more than 11 years, Fiat has held the top sales position in Brazil, but in the first two months of 2011, Volkswagen has captured the No.1 spot with a 23.5% market share.

However, Fiat sold 6,080 more cars than VW in February, according to data from Renavam, the government’s car registration service. For the month, VW controlled 21% of the market.

Fiat Sales Manager Edson Mazzucatto says the auto maker’s sales are increasing day by day, overcoming January’s low performance, caused by factory workers’ vacations in Betim, Minas Gerais.

“If there were more sales days in February, we would have resumed our No.1 position,” he says, adding he expects Fiat to return to its top niche in March.

General Motors remained in third place in February with a 17.9% market share, down from 19.8% in 2010, followed by No.4 Ford.

Peugeot rose two sales positions in February, ending the month in eighth place. Kia, Mitsubishi and Nissan moved up one spot in the January and February sales rankings.

Toyota, Citroen and Chery slid down the list in February.