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UK November 2011: Mercedes C Class in Top10 for 2nd time ever

Mercedes C Class

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The English car market is back down 4% year-on-year in November at 134,027 registrations and is now down 4% year-to-date at 1,822,065 units. The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the country for the 9th month in a row with 6,195 sales and 4.6% share, reinforcing its 2011 leadership at 90,701 units and 5%. Like in October the Vauxhall Corsa ranks 2nd at 5,234 sales and 3.9% but stays #3 in 2011 at 4%.

The VW Golf climbs on the podium for the first time since May at 4,924 units and 3.7%, it is #5 at 3.2% year-to-date. In 4th place, the Ford Focus disappoints at 3.7% vs. #2 and 4.3% year-to-date. The new generation now has had time to establish itself and sales are just not there. Remember that before the arrival of the current generation Fiesta the Focus was by far the UK market leader but this seems to have ended for good...

While the Nissan Qashqai at #7 and Mini at #9 both have very solid months, the Mercedes C Class lodges a performance that only happens once or twice in a whole decade: it ranks within the Top 10 at #10 and 1.9% share for the first time since... December 2005! A good reason to celebrate for Mercedes.

Previous month: UK October 2011 BMW 3 Series up to #6

Full November 2011 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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  1. SV
    January 5th, 2012 at 06:17 | #1

    I think that comment about the Focus is a bit unfair. This month’s performance was poor, but in October and September it was up something like 30% and 40% respectively. Healthy increases for a new model. YTD sales are up an admittedly more modest 5%, but that is ahead of the market. It looks more like November was an anomaly.

    I think the real reason the Focus isn’t in the top spot anymore is because the UK market is moving away from C-class cars and into superminis – note how the Corsa outsells the Astra as well. In which case I think Ford’s got it pretty well covered, seeing as the Fiesta appears to have replaced the Focus as the consistent leader of the UK market.

    • matgasnier
      January 9th, 2012 at 17:44 | #2

      Hi SV,
      I’m afraid I stand by my comment. December actually confirmed my views, with the Astra above the Focus and the 3 year-old Golf just 16 units below it…
      On the reason being that the UK market is moving away from C-class cars I don’t think it’s a fair explanation as to why the Focus is selling slowly. The Golf managed to top the UK market for the first time ever this year and reached its highest year-end position ever at #4. The Astra is admittedly slowing down already but still managed to outsell the brand new Focus a couple of times. Plus the only month the Focus was #1 this year was when the last gen was in runout mode in January. Even if the market was moving away from C-class cars you’d expect the Focus to lead its category by far when the new model comes out. Instead, it is already beaten/threatened by the both older Golf and Astra straight from its launch.
      Sorry…but I do think the new gen Focus is a disappointment in the UK – let’s see whether it does better in 2012! :-)
      cheers
      Matt

  2. Alexander Daniels
    December 11th, 2011 at 23:21 | #3

    Any notice how there are no Renaults in the top 10 any more!

  3. December 10th, 2011 at 02:05 | #4

    @Tengil
    Why do you say that Tengil?

  4. Tengil
    December 10th, 2011 at 00:34 | #5

    @Miguel

    “I´m in a process to change” the Blog ? :))

  5. December 9th, 2011 at 19:17 | #6

    @Pedro
    Pedro, I can say that actually I drive a German car but honestly I´m in a process to change for a Japanese car. They are more reliable and last forever! Maybe a Mazda or Honda…

  6. Pedro
    December 8th, 2011 at 09:00 | #7

    Miguel :@Pedro No, you get me wrong! They have a very good marketing strategy… better than the French or Italians and they have name, they create reputation!!

    Ah, ok.

  7. December 8th, 2011 at 03:21 | #8

    @Pedro
    No, you get me wrong! They have a very good marketing strategy… better than the French or Italians and they have name, they create reputation!!

  8. Pedro
    December 7th, 2011 at 22:31 | #9

    Miguel :
    @Pedro
    Maybe you´re rigth, they don´t manipulate, they have a quite good strategy of marketing and implantation all over the world

    Be careful my friend, do you say that customers like me are just manipulated by marketing ?

  9. Pedro
    December 7th, 2011 at 22:29 | #10

    Miguel :
    @Pedro
    The A1 is quite far from beeing a success! It´s a kind of ugly ducking… sold only 200 in U.K. in November.

    I don’t believe that because from jan – june ’11 Audi sold 10,608 A1 in the UK, thats 1.500 per month. Source: this blog :-)

  10. December 7th, 2011 at 08:20 | #11

    @Pedro
    The A1 is quite far from beeing a success! It´s a kind of ugly ducking… sold only 200 in U.K. in November. Maybe you´re rigth, they don´t manipulate, they have a quite good strategy of marketing and implantation all over the world and the prices of their cars are quite attractive compared with some Italian and French products that suffer from poor reliability from the past. The Germans did everything to “combat” and rivalised with the Japanese not to stay hehind them.

  11. Pedro
    December 7th, 2011 at 07:31 | #12

    Does anybody has sales figures of Audi A1 ?

    @ Miguel: the germans don’t “manipulate” the british market, the british customers do it ;-)

  12. December 7th, 2011 at 05:40 | #13

    @Sith
    You´ve got the point Sith! The Germans are manipulating even the British market…

  13. Sith
    December 7th, 2011 at 04:33 | #14

    @Afshin

    Only 7 MGs sold (249YTD).

  14. Sith
    December 7th, 2011 at 04:25 | #15

    omg, too much german brands in the top 10.

  15. Afshin
    December 7th, 2011 at 03:16 | #16

    Any news about MG situiation?

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