UK nations January 2016: Vauxhall monopolises Scottish podium

Vauxhall Astra Scotland January 2016The new generation Vauxhall Astra has finally landed in the UK.

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for January. As is often the case, England (+4%) is the engine of growth for the entire country and represents 85.5% of total UK sales this month. Scotland (+2%) and Wales (+0.4%) are also in positive, but Northern Ireland declines (-3%). The Ford Fiesta tops 3 out of 4 nations in January: England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Scotland, Vauxhall manages a historical 1-2-3, the first since BSCB has started following UK nations two years ago: the Corsa leads the way with 754 sales, follow by the Mokka at 498 and the Astra at 447.

Vauxhall Viva UK January 2016Vauxhall Viva

Further down, the Vauxhall Viva ranks #8, lodging its first-ever Scottish Top 10 ranking and the second in any UK nation after breaking into the Welsh Top 10 last October. Other heroes this month include the Hyundai Tucson #3 in Northern Ireland, the Dacia Sandero #7 in Scotland and Wales, Renault Captur #7 in Northern Ireland, Ford Ecosport #9 in Wales, Mercedes C-Class up to #8 in England vs. #10 in the UK and the Ford C-Max posting a rare Top 10 ranking at #10 in Wales.

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England (UK) Full Year 2015: Mercedes C-Class in Top 10

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2015: Ford Fiesta #1, Mokka and Kuga in Top 10

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2015: New Gen lifts Vauxhall Corsa back to #1

Wales (UK) Full Year 2015: Fiesta #1, Ford Kuga & Dacia Sandero shine

One year ago: UK nations January 2015: First Top 10 for the new Hyundai i20

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England (UK) Full Year 2015: Mercedes C-Class in Top 10

Mercedes C-Class England 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Mercedes C-Class keeps the Vauxhall Mokka out of the English Top 10. Picture whatcar.co.uk

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Based on data published by SMMT, new car sales in England are up 7% year-on-year in 2015 to 2.254.485 units, the true engine of growth in the UK with Scotland (-0.5%), Wales (+2.5%) and Northern Ireland (-0.1%) all underperforming vs. +6% in the UK overall. Most UK company leasing and rental car purchases are centralised in England, impacting the English sales charts and removing them somewhat from what ‘real’ consumers buy compared to UK’s other nations. England represents 86% of the overall UK market, therefore its best-sellers are almost identical to the UK ranking we analysed earlier. In fact, the entire English Top 9 is identical to the UK with the Ford Fiesta in the lead above the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, VW Golf and Nissan Qashqai. The only change comes in 10th place where the Mercedes C-Class (38.212 units) keeps the Vauxhall Mokka out of the Top 10.

Previous month: UK nations November 2015: Hyundai Tucson #1 in Northern Ireland

Previous year: England (UK) Full Year 2014: Audi A3 even higher than in UK

Two years ago: England (UK) Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta leads, BMW 1 Series up to #8

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UK nations November 2015: Hyundai Tucson #1 in Northern Ireland

Hyundai Tucson Northern Ireland November 2015The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Northern Ireland this month.

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After the overall UK Top 10 models and thanks to SMMT, as is the tradition on BSCB we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for November. As it has been the case for most of the year so far, England sales – representing 86.5% of the overall UK market – are the saving grace: up 5% year-on-year to 154.384 whereas Scotland (-0.07%), Wales (-3%) and Northern Ireland (-5%) all post negative year-on-year results. Northern Ireland even returns to negative territory year-to-date at -0.07% with one month left to the year. Like last month, the Ford Fiesta only tops two nations in November: England and Wales, with the Hyundai Tucson spectacularly shooting up to the top spot in Northern Ireland thanks to 111 sales and 3.5% share. The Vauxhall Corsa tops Scottish sales as per its year-to-date ranking there.

Dacia Sandero Scotland November 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero ranks #2 in Scotland.

If as usual the English ranking is very similar to the UK one – with the Audi A3 overtaking the Vauxhall Insignia to #8 in England – in Northern Ireland it’s a different story: below the Hyundai Tucson, surprise leader, the Ford Kuga is up 8 spots on last month to make the Top two 100% SUV, with the Kia Sportage adding to the total at #8. In Scotland the Renault Group posts a stellar performance, placing the Dacia Sandero at #2 only 36 units off the market leader, the Renault Captur at #3 and Renault Clio at #4. In Wales, the Ford Ecosport confirms it is now a Top 10 blockbuster, improving its record ranking two spots to #7. Notice also the Vauxhall Insignia ranking #3 in Northern Ireland and #7 in Scotland and the Vauxhall Mokka fittingly celebrating a record 5th overall UK ranking by appearing in each nation’s Top 6: #4 in Wales, #5 in England and #6 in both Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Previous month: UK nations October 2015: Vauxhall Viva and Ford Ecosport snap first Top 10

One year ago: UK nations November 2014: First podium for the Renault Captur

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UK nations October 2015: Vauxhall Viva & Ford Ecosport snap first Top 10

Vauxhall Viva UK October 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Vauxhall Viva ranks 7th in Wales in October…

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for October. For once new car sales in England, up 0.7% and representing 86.7% of the UK total, do not reflect the overall UK evolution at -1%. The culprits for the first year-on-year UK decline in 43 months are Wales (-3%), Northern Ireland (-4%) and most of all Scotland, down a harsh 17% year-on-year. In fact, without Scotland the UK market would have posted a 44th consecutive year-on-year gain at +0.4%… This month the Ford Fiesta only manages to top two nations: England and Wales, with Northern Ireland going to the VW Golf and Scotland going to the Vauxhall Corsa. The VW Golf also surprises by ranking #2 in England vs. #3 in the UK overall and #4 in Scotland vs. #6 year-to-date, all this despite the brand’s recent woes.

Ford Ecosport UK October 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.uk…while the Ford Ecosport ranks 9th. Both models enjoy their first Top 10 ranking.

The Ford Focus displays incredible stability: it ranks third in each and every nation, a result that earns it a… fourth place overall in the UK! The Vauxhall Insignia returns inside the Top 10 with a shiny 4th place in Northern Ireland and 8th spot in Scotland, while the Vauxhall Mokka is #4 in Wales and #6 in Northern Ireland. The Hyundai Tucson repeats its splendid 8th position in Scotland, while two newcomers break into the Top 10 for the first time: the Vauxhall Viva (#7) and the Ford Ecosport (#9), both in Wales.

Previous month: UK nations September 2015: First Top 10 for the Hyundai Tucson

One year ago: UK nations October 2014: Ford Focus and VW Golf each top one nation

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UK nations September 2015: First Top 10 for the Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson UK September 2015. Picture courtest autoexpress.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson already ranks #8 in Northern Ireland in September.

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After the overall UK Top 10, thanks to SMMT and as is the tradition on BSCB we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for September. Detailing each nation shows that once again England is the engine of UK growth at +9% equaling the national growth rate this month, whereas all other nations show weaker gains: Northern Ireland is at +5% (and now back into positive territory year-to-date), Scotland at +4% and Wales at +3%.  September being one of the two strongest months of the year and by very far, the leaders in each nation are logically identical to the year-to-date standings, namely the Ford Fiesta in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and the Vauxhall Corsa in Scotland where the Fiesta ranks #2.

The Ford Focus ranks #2 in Enland and the Corsa #2 in Wales but the surprise comes from the VW Polo up to a shiny 2nd place in Northern Ireland where the Golf ranks #3. The Polo justifies its #5 national September ranking by a 4th place in both Scotland and Wales and a 6th place in England. Excellent performances also from the Renault Clio #3 in Scotland and #6 in Northern Ireland, Seat Ibiza #5 in Northern Ireland, Renault Captur #9 in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Dacia Sandero #10 in Scotland. Note the Vauxhall Mokka misses out on an English Top 10 whereas it ranks #9 in the UK overall, lifted by solid results in Scotland (#8) and Wales (#7). Last but not least, along with starting up with a bang in Germany the Hyundai Tucson debuts at an impressive 8th place in Northern Ireland in September.

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UK nations August 2015: Vauxhall Mokka one step up

Vauxhall Mokka UK August 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka is at least #7 in all UK nations, #3 in Wales.

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After the overall UK Top 10, thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for August. Once again England (+11%) lifts the entire market up and accounts for 83% of all UK registrations in August with Wales (+6%), Scotland (+4%) and Northern Ireland (+2%) lagging behind but all in positive. Like in the year-to-date standings, the Ford Fiesta tops 3 nations out of 4 – England, Northern Ireland and Wales – with Scotland preferring the Vauxhall Corsa. The VW Golf snaps the 2nd spot in Northern Ireland and ranks 3rd in England, the Ford Focus is #2 in England and Wales and the VW Polo manages two podium rankings: in Northern Ireland and Scotland where it ranks 3rd both times.

Citroen C4 Picasso UK August 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Picasso ranks #7 in Wales this month.

The last podium ranker this month is the Vauxhall Mokka, hitting #3 in Wales with a very strong 4% market share. In fact, the Mokka justifies its #7 UK position by never ranking lower in any nation: #7 in England, #6 in Northern Ireland and #4 in Scotland. For its part the Ford Kuga celebrates its very first Top 10 ranking by reaching the same level in all nations bar England: #4 in Wales, #5 in Northern Ireland and #9 in Scotland in what is the nameplate’s first monthly Top 10 ranking there. Notice also the Suzuki Celerio blasting through the Northern Irish Top 10 at #7, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer #6 in Wales and the Citroen C4 Picasso #7 in the same nation.

Previous month: UK nations July 2015: Renault Clio and Ford Kuga on podium

One year ago: UK nations August 2014: Vauxhall Mokka in Top 10 in 3 nations

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UK nations July 2015: Renault Clio and Ford Kuga on podium

Renault Clio UK July 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio ranks third in Northern Ireland this month.

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Thanks to SMMT I can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for July, and looking at detailed sales data by nation it becomes apparent that the UK as a whole really just owes its 41st consecutive month of year-on-year gains to a strong performance in England which accounts for 86.6% of overall sales vs. 85.6% year-to-date: up 4.4% to 153.923 registrations, England balances out a lukewarm showing in Northern Ireland (+1.6%) and negative results in both Wales (-2.5%) and Scotland (-5.8%). Like in April and June, the Ford Fiesta tops each nation this month, lodging its strongest market share in Wales (9.6%) and its weakest in Northern Ireland (3.6%).

Ford Kuga UK July 2015The Ford Kuga is #3 in Wales and #6 in Northern Ireland.

Second nationally, the Ford Focus is logically the only nameplate to rack up two #2 spots: in England and Wales, ranking 4th in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Vauxhall Corsa only manages a #2 spot in Scotland while the VW Golf is #2 in Northern Ireland but also #3 in England. Three additional nameplates manage a podium ranking in July: the VW Polo (#3 in Scotland), Ford Kuga (#3 in Wales but also #6 in Northern Ireland) and Renault Clio (#3 in Northern Ireland). Other notable performances include the Audi A3 #5 in England, the Fiat 500 #5 in Scotland and the Vauxhall Insignia #7 and Renault Captur #9 in Northern Ireland. The Vauxhall Mokka, although not in the national July Top 10, is #6 in Wales and #9 in Scotland.

Previous month: UK nations June 2015: Dacia Sandero now in YTD Top 10 in two nations

One year ago: UK nations July 2014: Nissan Qashqai and Ford C-Max impress

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UK nations June 2015: Dacia Sandero now in YTD Top 10 in two nations

Dacia Sandero Wales June 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero is now inside the YTD Top 10 in Scotland and Wales.

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Thanks to SMMT I can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for June. Logically, England follows the overall UK market’s 13% year-on-year gain this month, while Scotland is just below at +12%, Wales at +7% and Northern Ireland at +5% – still in negative year-to-date (-0.6%). Very consistent models rankings in June in all nations: the UK podium 1. Fiesta 2. Corsa 3. Focus is replicated in each and every nation, a very rare feat. The VW Golf is #4 in England and Northern Ireland but the Vauxhall Mokka brilliantly takes this spot in Scotland for the 2nd month running, managing to rank inside the Top 10 of each nation this month: #10 in England and Northern Ireland and #6 in Wales.

Vauxhall Mokka UK June 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka is inside the Top 10 of each UK nation this month.

The Ford Kuga for its part rises up to #4 in Wales, earning the same #4 spot year-to-date there and is back inside the Northern Irish Top 10 at #8. Thanks to a cool 7th place in Wales, the Dacia Sandero now features in the year-to-date Top 10 of two nations: Scotland and Wales. We welcome back the Peugeot 208 at #7 in Northern Ireland and #10 in Scotland, while the Renault Captur is up to #8 in Scotland and the Hyundai ix35 stays #9 in Northern Ireland.

Previous month: UK nations May 2015: Seat Ibiza in Top 10 of two nations

One year ago: UK nations June 2014: Is the Aygo Toyota’s new star?

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UK nations May 2015: Seat Ibiza in Top 10 of two nations

Seat Ibiza UK May 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Seat Ibiza is #6 in Scotland and #7 in Wales in May.

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Thanks to SMMT we have access to the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for May, as a teaser for overall UK results due very shortly. Overall, if UK new car sales are up 2% in May, it’s actually England (+4%) thats is keeping everyone above water level, as Northern Ireland (-3%), Wales (-5%) and above all Scotland (-8%) are in clear negative territory, a sign that the record uninterrupted run of 39 months of year-on-year UK gains may be coming to an end soon. The Ford Fiesta topped all nations in April but only two this month: England (4.6%) and Wales (9.5%) while the VW Golf is #1 in Northern Ireland (3.9%) and the Vauxhall Corsa reclaims the Scottish lead (5.3%). The Ford Focus is the only other nameplate to manage a podium ranking at #2 in England and Wales and the Vauxhall Mokka posts a brilliant 4th spot in Scotland and Wales.

Hyundai i10 UK May 2015. Picture courtesy of honestjohn.co.ukThe Hyundai i10 is #8 in Northern Ireland in May.

Among irregular Top tenners, let’s single out the Seat Ibiza knocking two birds with one stone in May: up to a splendid 6th place in Scotland with 2.6% share and 7th in Wales at 2.1% of the market. The Dacia Sandero is fast establishing itself as a blockbuster in the UK: it earns its first year-to-date Top 10 ranking in Scotland (#10) where its dislodges the Audi A3 thanks to May at #7 and 2.2%. The Hyundai i10 spends a 2nd consecutive month among the Top 10 best-sellers in Northern Ireland at #8 and the Mini doesn’t just owe its #6 overall UK spot to a strong performance in England (#6): it also reappears at #10 both in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Previous month: UK nations April 2015: Dacia Sandero and Toyota Aygo back in Top 10

One year ago: UK nations May 2014: Dacia Sandero in Top 10 in 3 out of 4 nations

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UK nations April 2015: Dacia Sandero and Toyota Aygo back in Top 10

Dacia Sandero Scotland April 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero is inside the Top 10 in Scotland and Wales

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Thanks to SMMT I can share with you the Top 10 best-selling models for each UK nation for April, as a teaser for overall UK results due very shortly. A hint: the UK are up 5% as a whole in April, and if Wales evolves the same way this month, England over performs (+6%) but not Northern Ireland (+1%) and Scotland (-3) fare worse. This time the Ford Fiesta tops every single nation, peaking at 8.5% share in Wales. The Vauxhall Corsa manages to rank #2 in two nations (Scotland and Wales), with the Nissan Qashqai (Northern Ireland) and Ford Focus (England) filling up the other #2 spots. Volkswagen places the Golf at #3 in England and the Polo at #3 in both Northern Ireland and Scotland. Other nameplates shining include the Dacia Sandero ranking #4 in Scotland and #7 in Wales, the Hyundai i10 at #9 and the Toyota Aygo at #6 in Wales.

Previous month: UK nations March 2015: Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa ultra-dominant

One year ago: UK nations April 2014: Vauxhall Mokka almost tops one nation!

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