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

May 8th, 2015 No comments

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

April 11th, 2015 No comments

Vauxhall Corsa UK March 2015The Vauxhall Corsa is the best-seller in Scotland in March.

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Thanks to data communicated by SMMT I can share with you the Top 10 best-selling models for each UK nation for March. With an overall market up 6% to the best monthly score this century, sales in each UL nation are bound to be extremely strong. In fact England (+7% to 419.826 units) pulls the rest of the country up, with Scotland (44.826) and Wales (19.238) both up just 3% on March 2014 and Northern Ireland even lodging a negative performance at -2% to 7.415 units. Very rare feat: the same 3 nameplates monopolise the podium of each UK nation this month: the Ford Fiesta tops 3 nations, only outsold in Scotland by the Vauxhall Corsa, itself #2 in all other nations while the Ford Focus ranks third everywhere…

Vauxhall Mokka UK March  2015. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka is inside the Top 10 of each UK nation bar England.

In England – accounting for 85% of the country’s sales this month, the Mercedes C-Class outperforms both in March when it ranks #7 with 8,076 sales vs. #8 overall, overtaking the Vauxhall Astra, and year-to-date where it now also holds the #7 spot vs. #9 in the overall UK ranking, dominating both the Audi A3 and VW Polo. The remaining UK nations, much smaller markets, are the opportunity for other nameplates to find a spot in the Top 10: a few nameplates absent from the overall UK Top 10 place well within it: the Vauxhall Mokka does so in all remaining UK nations (#5 in Scotland, #7 in Northern Ireland and #9 in Wales), the Renault Clio (#4 in Scotland and #6 in Northern Ireland), Ford Kuga (#6 in Wales and #9 in Northern Ireland) and Peugeot 208 (#8 in Wales and #9 in Scotland) do it twice while the Toyota Yaris (#7 in Wales) and Renault Captur (#10 in Northern Ireland) also make an appearance.

Previous month: UK nations February 2015: Mini and BMW 1 Series stand out

One year ago: UK nations March 2014: Renault Clio, Captur and Vauxhall Mokka shine

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UK nations February 2015: Mini and BMW 1 Series stand out

March 6th, 2015 No comments

BMW 1 Series UK February 2015BMW 1 Series

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As a teaser to overall UK sales and thanks to data communicated by SMMT, I give you the Top 10 best-selling models for each UK nation for February. Keep in mind this is a zoom in into 4 separate nations that compose the UK market, so these figures are not in addition to the UK. This month Scotland (+15%) is the best performing nation, followed by Wales (+14%) and England (+12%) while Northern Ireland (+2%) struggles once again but at least is back into positive territory. Even though it is #1 nationally, the Ford Fiesta only tops 2 out of 4 nations in February: the VW Golf justifies its 2nd spot overall in the UK by a strong English score and the pole position in Northern Ireland, while the Vauxhall Corsa dominates Scottish sales for the 4th month in a row, and by far at 7.3% share vs. 4.9% for the Fiesta. One nation where the Fiesta is unreachable is Wales: 11.4% share this month…

Mini UK February 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Mini is up to #4 in Scotland.

In the lower rankings, notice the Vauxhall Insignia up to #6 in England vs. #7 nationally and #5 inScotland, the BMW 1 Series benefiting from discounted rates before the facelifted model hits dealerships and ranking #10 in England and #5 in Scotland and the Mini at #4 in Scotland. The Mercedes C-Class, very strong in England at #8, also makes its first Top 10 appearance in Scotland in at least 2 years at #10, while the Hyundai ix35 (Northern Ireland), Vauxhall Mokka, Toyota Yaris, Peugeot 208 and Suzuki Alto (Wales) also point their bonnet in the Top 10 of one UK nation this month.

Previous month: UK nations January 2015: First Top 10 for the new Hyundai i20

One year ago: UK nations February 2014: First Top 10 rankings for VW Up and Renault Captur

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UK nations January 2015: First Top 10 for new Hyundai i20

February 8th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai i20 UK January 2015The Hyundai i20 ranks 10th in Northern Ireland.

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Thanks to SMMT, now that we have explored the UK market as a whole for January, as is the tradition on BSCB we zoom in on the British nations and this month England (+8%) lifs the entire country with Wales (+2%), Scotland (-1%) and Northern Ireland (-5%) all under performing vs. the national average of +7%. #1 nationally, the Ford Fiesta tops 3 out of 4 nations in January: England, Northern Ireland and Wales, missing the top spot by 71 units in Scotland where it is outsold by the Vauxhall Corsa.

Toyota Aygo UK January 2015The Toyota Aygo is #7 in Wales

The Nissan Qashqai does even better in England than nationally, up to #3 there, as does the Mercedes C-Class up to #6. Lots of movement in Northern Ireland where the Seat Ibiza is up to #7, the Hyundai ix35 up to #8 and the Hyundai i20 cracks its first Top 10 for the new generation at #10. Excellent performance of the Fiat 500 in Scotland: it lands on the podium at #3 while the Audi A3 is up to an unusually high 5th place and the Dacia Sandero is back in the Scottish Top 10 at #6. Notice also the Toyota Aygo up to #7 in Wales.

Ford Kuga UK January 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukFord Kuga

The Vauxhall Mokka demonstrates remarkable consistency by ranking inside the Top 10 in 3 nations: Northern Ireland (#6), Scotland (#10) and Wales (#6). The success of the Ford Kuga is spreading: #4 in Wales and now lodging its first Top 10 in Northern Ireland at #9.

Previous posts for each nation:

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

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2014: Renault Captur in Top 10

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Fiesta ends 6-year Vauxhall Corsa domination

Wales (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Kuga leaps up to 5th place

One year ago: UK nations January 2014: Seat Ibiza almost tops one nation

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UK nations: 2008-2014 Historical Data now available

January 13th, 2015 No comments

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

January 12th, 2015 No comments

Audi A3 England 2014The Audi A3 is up to a record 7th place in England in 2014.

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Thanks to SMMT, I can share with you a Full Year report for England for the second time on BSCB. New car sales in England are up a splendid 10% year-on-year in 2014 to 2,099,401 registrations, slightly outperforming the UK market as a whole (+9%). One thing to keep in mind when approaching the English market is that most UK company leasing and rental car purchases are centralised here, which makes the English sales charts a little removed from what ‘real’ consumers buy compared to UK’s other nations. Given England represents 85% of the overall UK market and therefore the best-sellers are extremely similar to the UK ranking I described earlier. Case in point: the entire Top 6 is identical to the UK ranking with the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Vauxhall Corsa, VW Golf, Vauxhall Astra and Nissan Qashqai leading the way. The Audi A3 is up one spot on its UK ranking to #7 while thanks to strong December sales, the BMW 3 Series manage to keep the Nissan Juke out of the Top 10 unlike in the UK.

Previous month: English nations November 2014: First podium for the Renault Captur

Previous year: England (UK) Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta leads, BMW 1 Series up to #8

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UK nations November 2014: First podium for the Captur

December 5th, 2014 No comments

Renault Captur UK November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frRenault Captur

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Thanks to SMMT, alongside the UK market as a whole for November, as is the tradition on BSCB we zoom in on the British nations, with England (+8%) and Scotland (+7%) outperforming Wales and Northern Ireland (+6% each) in globally very uniform performances across the country. Like last month, the Ford Fiesta only manages to top two nations (England and Wales) with the VW Golf #1 for the 2nd straight month in Northern Ireland and the Vauxhall Corsa reclaiming the lead in Scotland.

Peugeot 108 UK November 2014. Picture courtesy of autoexpress.co.ukFirst Top 10 ranking for the Peugeot 108

The hero of the month is the Renault Captur: it outsells the Clio in at least two of 4 nations, reaching its first ever podium in any UK nation in Northern Ireland where it ranks #3 below only the VW Golf and Ford Focus, and breaking into the Welsh Top 10 for the first time at #8 with 2% share. The Fiat 500 comes close with a fantastic 2nd place in Scotland, while the Peugeot 108 celebrates its very first Top 10 ranking in any UK nation at #10 in Scotland. Other great performers this month include the Mercedes C-Class #9 in England and the Ford Kuga #5 in Wales.

Previous month: UK nations October 2014: Ford Focus and VW Golf each top one nation

One year ago: UK nations November 2013: First Top 10 rankings for the Dacia Sandero!

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UK nations October 2014: Ford Focus & VW Golf each top 1 nation

November 7th, 2014 No comments

Ford Focus UK October 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Ford Focus holds 8.6% of the Scottish market this month.

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Thanks to SMMT, after studying the UK market as a whole for October, as is the tradition on BSCB we zoom in on the British nations, with England (+15%) and Wales (+13%) leading the way this month as Scotland (+8%) and Northern Ireland (+7%) are more discreet but still very dynamic. If the Ford Fiesta topped all nations last month, in October it is only #1 in England and Wales. The Ford Focus astounds in Scotland by securing a huge 8.6% of the market vs. #3 and 3.5% YTD, as it had never ranked #1 in the 18 months we’ve been following the Scottish market, this sounds like a special order by some government body. If you live in Scotland and can confirm this please get in touch. The VW Golf for its part tops the sales charts in Northern Ireland for the third time in the past 7 months thanks to 164 sales and 4.3% but remains #2 YTD behind the Ford Fiesta.

Volvo V40 UK October 2014The Volvo V40 breaks into the Northern Irish Top 10 this month.

If the UK saw exceptional performances by the Nissan Juke (#5) and Mini (#9), these results are not just the work of the English market where they respectively rank #5 and #8, the trend can also be observed in other UK nations. The Nissan Juke is back in the Top 10 in Northern Ireland (#9) and Wales (#7) where it also outsells the Qashqai, while the Mini returns inside the Top 10 best-sellers in Scotland (#10) and Wales (#10). The Volvo V40 brilliantly breaks into the Northern Irish Top 10 at #10 with 1.8%, this is the first ever time this nameplate ranks inside the Top 10 of any UK nation. Other notable performances are posted by the Ford Kuga #4 in Wales, Vauxhall Mokka #8 in Northern Ireland and the Vauxhall Insignia #9 in Scotland.

Previous month: UK nations September 2014: Peugeot 208 back, Fiat 500 up

One year ago: UK nations October 2013: Nissan Qashqai tops one nation, Fiat 500 on podium!

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UK nations September 2014: Peugeot 208 comes back, Fiat 500 up

October 7th, 2014 2 comments

Peugeot 208 UK September 2014. Picture courtesy of what car.co.ukThe Peugeot 208 is back among the 10 most popular vehicles in each UK nation.

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Thanks to SMMT, after studying the UK market as a whole for September, as is the tradition on BSCB we zoom in on the British nations, now that it has been confirmed they will stay this way. A very consistent performance across the country with the UK overall up 9% year-on-year in September, the same rate as England and Northern Ireland, while Scotland up 7% and Wales up 8%. The Peugeot 208 made a comeback in the UK Top 10 this month at #9 and it impeccably replicates this performance across absolutely all nations: #5 in Northern Ireland, #8 in Wales, #9 in Scotland and #10 in England.

The Fiat 500’s record-breaking 6th position in the UK is achieved thanks to, logically, a 6th place in England but also a 4th place in Scotland and 5th place in Wales. In Scotland, thanks to sales just 100-odd units below the Vauxhall Corsa this month, the Ford Fiesta’s Full Year top spot is now almost assured, which would put an end to 6 consecutive years of Corsa domination. Other notable performances include the second place of the VW Polo in Northern Ireland, the Renault Clio #5 in Scotland, the VW Golf now #3 year-to-date in England above the Vauxhall Corsa and both the Vauxhall Mokka and Renault Captur securing a Top 10 ranking in one nation each, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

Previous month: UK nations August 2014: Vauxhall Mokka in Top 10 in 3 nations.

One year ago: UK nations September 2013: Vauxhall Corsa, Suzuki Alto and Seat Ibiza get noticed

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UK nations August 2014: Vauxhall Mokka in Top 10 in 3 nations

September 7th, 2014 2 comments

Vauxhall Mokka UK August 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukVauxhall Mokka

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Thanks to SMMT, I can share with you once again the detailed models ranking for each nation in the UK. Keep in mind this is a zoom in into each nation, all figures are already included in the overall UK August update. Compared to the UK average of 9% gain year-on-year this month, England over performs at +11%, Wales and Scotland are in line at +9% and +8% respectively, while Northern Ireland shockingly drops by 3% year-on-year. The first sign of a slowing down of new car sales in the UK? This month the main event is the Vauxhall Mokka appearing in the Top 10 of 3 out of 4 nations. But there is much more going on, so check out each nation’s update and ranking below.

Seat Ibiza UK August 2014The Seat Ibiza ranks #10 in Scotland this month.

In Scotland, the Ford Fiesta delivers a bumper month at 7.3% share thanks to 472 sales, almost double the amount of the #2 model the Ford Focus at 250 units and 3.9%. The Fiesta thus increases its advantage over the 2013 leader the Vauxhall Corsa to 939 units and 7,275 vs. 6.336. The Vauxhall Astra (+1 on July), VW Polo (+3) improve while the Vauxhall Mokka is back inside the Top 10 at #7 with 2.3% share, the Dacia Sandero does the same at #8 and 2% share and the Seat Ibiza makes its first appearance of the year among the nation’s 10 most popular vehicles at #10 with 1.7% share.

Hyundai ix35 UK August 2014The Hyundai ix35 is now among the year-to-date Top 10 best-sellers in Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, the VW Golf takes the lead for the third time in the past 5 months, up two spots on July to 148 sales and 3.9% share but still #2 year-to-date below the Ford Fiesta at 1,360 sales and 3.3% vs. 1,661 and 4%. #1 last month, the Nissan Qashqai falls to #9 in August, below the Vauxhall Mokka making its very first appearance in the Northern Irish monthly Top 10 at #8 with 77 sales and 2% share. Notice also the VW Polo up 5 ranks on July to #3, the Hyundai ix35 ip a further two spots to #7 and breaking into the year-to-date Top 10 at #9 and the Renault Captur reappearing among the nation’s 10 best-sellers at #10 and cementing its #8 spot so far in 2014.

Citroen C4 Picasso UK August 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Citroen C4 Picasso is #6 in Wales in August.

In Wales, the Ford Fiesta is stronger than ever in pole position, grabbing 11.3% of the market thanks to 274 sales, its highest share in the nation so far in 2014. The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa complete the podium, the Ford Kuga holds onto the #5 spot and overtakes the Nissan Qashqai to rank #6 year-to-date, the Citroen C4 Picasso jumps to a fantastic 6th place with 2.1% share – only its 2nd time inside the Welsh Top 10 since BSCB started following Wales monthly. Same thing for the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer at #10 after ranking #8 last February, while the Vauxhall Mokka is among the 10 best-seller for the 2nd time in the past 4 months at #9 and 1.9% share.

Vauxhall Insignia UK August 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukVauxhall Insignia

In England, for once the ranking differs relatively significantly from the overall UK one even though this nation represents 82% of overall UK sales in August. The VW Golf jumps on the podium like last month thanks to 2,021 sales and 3.8% share, the Audi A3 is stronger at 2.5% share vs. 2.3% in the UK overall but remains 6th, the Opel Insignia is #7 vs. #9 in the UK and finally the Nissan Qashqai is #9 whereas the VW Polo goes from #7 in the UK to #10 here.

Previous month: UK nations July 2014: Nissan Qashqai and Ford C-Max impress

One year ago: UK nations August 2013: Ford C-Max, Vauxhall Zafira and BMW 1 Series shine

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