UK February 2017: Golf pushes Volkswagen to #2 YTD, stable market

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The UK new car market continues to defy the Brexit odds with a stable February score at -0.3% year-on-year to 83.115 units. This leads to a year-to-date tally of 257.679 units, still up 1.8% on the record pace established in 2016. Once again fleet sales stir the market up at -3.3% to 45.699 whereas private sales are down 4.4% to 36.018 and business sales down 5.3% to 1.398. Diesel is down 5.9% to 115.759, petrol up 7.9% to 131.333 ad alternative fuel vehicles up 27.7% to a still reserved 10.587 units and 4.1% share vs. 3.3% a year ago.

Source: SMMT

Brand-wise, Ford still reigns supreme in spite of a 14% drop to 9.909 units and 11.9% share vs. 12.7% year-to-date. Volkswagen climbs back up to 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.236 and 8.8%, in the meantime overtaking Vauxhall (-20%) both this month and, historically, year-to-date at 20.293 sales vs. 20.169. Mercedes (+17%) drops to spots on a freak January score to #5, Kia (+12%), Skoda (+12%), Toyota (+25%) and Hyundai (+12%) all fare very well inside the Top 12 while below, let’s notice Mini (+19%), Suzuki (+26%), Land Rover (+39%) and Infiniti (+337%) pushing forward whereas Mazda (-18%), Fiat (+26%), Citroen (-30%), Mitsubishi (-50%) and DS (-54%) all crumble apart.

The Ford Fiesta is down 5% but stays Nb.1 in the UK. 

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-seller in the country despite a 5% year-on-year drop to 4.282 units. It distances the VW Golf lodging another outstanding score at +15% to 2.949 and the Ford Focus doing even better at +21% to 1.971 registrations. The Vauxhall Astra (-8%), Mercedes C-Class (-29%) and VW Polo (-27%) all struggle year-on-year but the Nissan Qashqai is up 3 spots on January to #5, the VW Polo is back inside the Top 10 at #7 and the BMW 3 Series is back inside the Top 10 for the first time since last October despite a 12% year-on-year drop.

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UK January 2017: Mercedes C-Class soars 40% to record 4th place

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Against all expectations given widespread price rises due to Brexit, the UK new car market starts 2017 in positive with 2.9% year-on-year gain to 174.564 registrations. Even more surprising: private sales lead the growth at +5% to 76.729 and 44% share vs. 43.1% a year ago, fleet sales are up just 1.4% to 91.181 and 52.2% share vs. 53% in January 2016 and business registrations are down 1% to 6.654. Leader Ford trails the market but still improves at +3% to 22.778 sales, ahead of Vauxhall struggling at -9% to 13.870 and Mercedes snapping at its heels at 13.048 (+11%). Volkswagen is also catching up at +8% to 12.967. Further down, Kia has a stunning month, slicing its December ranking in two to #8 with deliveries up 51% year-on-year to 7.661. Land Rover (+18%), Jaguar (+20%), Seat (+24%), Bentley (+36%), Suzuki (+60%), Maserati (+101%) and Aston Martin (+174%) stand out with impressive gains, whereas Peugeot (-19%), Lexus (-20%), Citroen (-29%), Mazda (-34%), MG (-35%) and DS (-39%) all fall flat.

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Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta holds onto the top spot with a 2% gain ahead of the VW Golf surging 43% and the Ford Focus up 12%. Exceptional performance from the Mercedes C-Class up to a highest-ever 4th place overall thanks to deliveries up 40% on a year ago to 4.230 units. The C-Class’s previous UK best was #6 over four years ago, back in September 2012. The Nissan Juke (+14%) is up two spots on December to #6, enjoying a second consecutive month above its stablemate the Qashqai (#8) and its best monthly ranking since January 2016 when it was also #6 – its personal best still standing at #5 back in October 2014. Finally, at #10 the Kia Sportage is back inside the Top 10 for the 5th time in the past 12 months after last February (#9), April (#9)August (#8) and October (#10), now looking to become a constant fixture among UK’s favourites.

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UK: Nameplates Records now updated with 2016 data

The Ford Cortina sold 193,784 units in 1979, a volume record for the UK

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We can share with you an updated ranking exclusive to BSCB: the best-selling nameplates in the country, ranked by their volume record year and covering the past 50 years since records began. Since 1965, 15 nameplates have sold upwards of 100,000 annual units at least once, with only one foreign model among them: the Peugeot 206.

Peugeot 206

The Ford Cortina holds the record for the highest volume delivered in a single year in the UK with 193,784 units sold in 1979. The Ford Escort follows at 181,218 in 1989 and the Ford Sierra rounds up the podium at 175,911 also in 1989, making it the highest-selling model that never managed to be #1… The Austin Morris 1100, Ford Fiesta and Focus are the only other nameplates to have crossed the 150,000 annual sales mark.

Austin Metro

Vauxhall’s highest seller is the Cavalier with 138,357 units in 1990, while the Austin Metro peaked at 137,303 sales in 1983. Notice the Morris Marina at #11 thanks to 114,600 units sold in 1973 and the Ford Anglia at #18 with 84,589 sales in 1965.

Peugeot 306

The Top 2 foreign models volume records were delivered in 2002: the Peugeot 206 at a seemingly unbeatable 101,019 units, which earned it a record 4th place, the highest annual ranking ever reached by a foreign model in the UK. The Renault Clio comes in 2nd at 86,336 sales that same year and the VW Golf ranks third with 73,880 units hit in 2014, while its highest ranking is a record-equalling 4th position reached in 2011.

Nissan Micra

The Peugeot 306 at #4 broke the foreign model volume record 4 consecutive times between 95 and 98. In fact Peugeot, once a local producer, places no less than 8 models in the Top 16 highest selling foreign nameplates: the 206 (#1), 306 (#4), 207 (#5), 307 (#9), 205 (#13), 405 (#14), 106 (#15) and 406 (#17). Sister brand Citroen places the Xsara at #6 and the Saxo at #23. Note the BMW 3 Series at #7 thanks to a peak of 65,489 units in 2003.

Nissan Qashqai UK 2015Nissan Qashqai

In 2015 the Nissan Qashqai becomes the first Japanese model to break into the annual UK Top 5, and also breaks the annual volume record for a Nippon model (60,814) previously held by the Nissan Micra since 1989 (54,175). It breaks this record again in 2016 to lift it to 62.682, while remaining at an all-time high 5th place. Interestingly, the Micra never managed to break into the year-end Top 10, a feat that the Datsun Sunny (in 1977, 78, 82 and 83) and Datsun Cherry (1981) have managed.

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UK Full Year 2016: Second annual record in a row despite Brexit

ford-fiesta-uk-2016The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling vehicle in the UK for the 8th consecutive year. 

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Back in June when UK voters chose to “Brexit”, I along with the majority of automotive analysts predicted the start of a “period of uncertainty” marred with currency volatility and potential export tax implementation towards the EU. Since, the Brexit negotiations have taken a life of its own, with local manufacturers, among them Nissan and Toyota, lobbying hard to keep their access to the European Union intact and free of taxes – as this is the main reason behind their implantation in the UK. This has given the UK market some room to catch its breath with H2 sales up just 1.2% to 1.272.150, leading to a fifth year of growth in a row and a second consecutive all-time record year at 2.692.786 units, up 2.3% on last year’s record. This is only the fifth time above 2.5 million units in UK history after 200220032004 and 2015. The 2017 figure will depend on the capacity of the UK to maintain its current trading relations with the EU and notably avoid tariff barriers that would increase significantly the cost of vehicles sold in the country and have a negative impact on sales.

EU-Brexit-referedumBrexit has not had (yet?) a truly negative impact on UK sales.

Looking into the detail of this new record, the striking observation is that fleet sales are solely responsible for it – not a healthy position to be in. They are up 3.8% to a record 1.380.750 units and 51.3% share vs. 50% a year ago, all the while private sales are down 0.2% to 1.206.250 and 44.8% share vs. 45.9% in 2015. Business sales remain discreet at -1.2% to 105.786 and 3.9% share. Sales of petrol-powered vehicles are up 2.7% to 1.318.707 (49% share) while diesel is up just 0.6% to 1.285.160 and 47.7% and alternatively fuelled vehicles shoot up 22% to 88.919. Among them, plug-in hybrids are up 42%, petrol electric hybrids up 25% and pure electric vehicles are up 3%.

annual-registrations-2000-to-2016-900x563Source: SMMT

The brands ranking sees a fragmentation of its top-end with the 3 best-sellers all losing volume and market share: Ford contines to dominate despite sales down 5% to 11.8% share ahead of Vauxhall at 9.3% and Volkswagen at 7.7% – both down 7%. Like in 2015, Volkswagen managed to outsell Vauxhall to rank #2 overall in April, but this year it also got shockingly overtaken by its premium stablemate Audi both in August and October. BMW remains the #1 luxury brand in the country, improving 9% to 6.8% share ahead of Audi at 6.6% (+6%) while Mercedes is catching up at +17% to 6.3%. Outside the Top 10, Kia (+14%), Renault (+13%), Land Rover (+19%), Honda (+11%), Suzuki (+11%), Jaguar (+45%) and DS (+85%) all manage double-digit gains, while among smaller brands Bentley (+41%), Abarth (+45%) and Infiniti (+142%) impress.

Nissan Qashqai 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukAnother annual volume record for the Nissan Qashqai in 2016.

Over in the models aisle, the entire Top 4 best-sellers all lose volume, with the podium dropping by double-digits. The Ford Fiesta – whose new generation lands in dealerships in early 2017 – still manages an 8th consecutive annual victory (11 years at #1 in total) with deliveries down 10%, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus, both down 16%. The VW Golf (-5%) has never been so close to an annual UK podium ranking: it ends the year just 1.053 units below the Focus.

Kia Sportage UK 2016The Kia Sportage is the third Korean nameplate to ever break into the UK Top 10.

The Nissan Qashqai improves on a record 2015 to 62.682 sales – the highest annual volume delivered by a Japanese vehicle in the UK – and even hit a record 2nd place in January. Boosted by the new generation, the Vauxhall Astra is up 15% to #6 and ranked #2 over the last quarter. There are two Top 10 firsts in 2016: the Mercedes C-Class posts its first ever annual Top 10 ranking at #9 (+6%) and the Kia Sportage breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in February (#9), reiterating this feat in April (#9), August (#8) and October (#10) and ending the year at #13 (+74%). This way, the Sportage becomes the third Korean nameplate to break into the monthly UK Top 10 along with the Kia Picanto, #9 in February 2010, and the Hyundai i10, inside the Top 10 six times between July 2009 and December 2011, peaking at #3 in August 2009.

Range Rover Evoque UK 2016Range Rover Evoque sales are up 31% to #21

Notice also the Mercedes A-Class surging 39% to land in 12th place, the Audi A4 up 26% to #23, the Hyundai Tucson up 151% to #25, the BMW 2 Series up 27% to #34, the Renault Kadjar up 535% to #36 for its first full year of sales and the Ford Galaxy/S-Max up 159% to #43. Among British marques, below the Mini up 3% to #8, the Range Rover Evoque is far from having exhausted its potential with sales up 31% to stop a mere thousand units short off a stunning Top 20 finish at #21. The Land Rover Discovery Sport gains a further 44% to break into the Top 30 at #29, the Jaguar XE is up 41% to #64 while the Land Rover Discovery (+10%) and Mini Clubman (+113%) also display positive results.  The Jaguar F-Pace makes a thunderous entrance in the UK charts in 2016, missing out on a Top 100 ranking for 238 sales at #102. It is the only all-new nameplate to manage its way into the Top 150 along with the Mercedes SLC (#140).

Jaguar F-Pace UK 2016The Jaguar F-Pace lands at #102 for its very first appearance in an annual UK ranking. 

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UK December 2016: Astra and C-Class shine in market down 1%

Vauxhall Astra UK December 2016Vauxhall Astra sales are up 51% in December. 

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UK business sales up 51% to 8.257 did nothing to prevent December to become only the second month of year-on-year decline in 2016 along with last June, at -1% to 178.022 units. Fleet sales are down 0.8% to 102.125 but it’s private sales, down 5.5% to 67.640, that inflict the most damage to the overall market. Nevertheless, despite this slight the UK market posts a second consecutive record year – something we will cover shortly in our FY 2016 Report. Ford keeps the lead of the brands ranking in spite of sales down 11% to 11.7% share, distancing Vauxhall at 9.6% (-18%), Volkswagen at 8.8% (+8%), BMW at 8.5% (-12%) and Audi at 6.4%, up a splendid 24%. Nissan (+9%), Mercedes (+15%), Skoda (+18%), Seat (+61%), Honda (+18%), Jaguar (+31%), Suzuki (+16%), Porsche (+128%) and Smart (+30%) go against the grain and all post spectacular gains inside the Top 30.

Mercedes C Class UK December 2016. Picture courtesy blogauto.com.brThe Mercedes C-Class is up 67%.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains untouchable despite sales down 9% at 4.6% share while the Vauxhall Astra continues to push forward with deliveries up 51% to 3.4% share, once again leading its segment ahead of the VW Golf at 3% (+11%) and the Ford Focus at 2.8% (+0.2%). The Mini is down 14% but brilliantly steps into the monthly Top 5 for the second time this year after June, the Vauxhall Corsa freefalls 43% to 6th place but remains #2 over the Full Year, the Nissan Juke surges 35% and outsells the Qashqai for the first time in two years (since December 2014) and the Mercedes C-Class soars 67% to land in 9th position.

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UK November 2016: Fleet sales keep market on track for annual record

vauxhall-astra-uk-november-2016Second consecutive month in second place for the Vauxhall Astra (+54%). 

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Fleet and business sales are keeping the UK market on track towards a new annual record in 2016 despite Brexit, just as private sales continue to drop. Overall, new car sales in the UK are up 2.9% year-on-year in November to 184.101 deliveries and up 2.5% year-to-date to 2.514.764 units, the first time in UK history that the 2.5 million benchmark is passed in November. The detail by channel paints a very different picture however: private sales are down 1.2% to 42.4% market share in November and up just 0.1% to 45.3% share so far in 2016. In contrast, fleet sales are up 5.1% to 53.9% share this month, up 5.3% to 50.8% YTD and business sales are up a whopping 24.3% to 3.7% share vs. down 4.1% to 3.9% YTD.

bmw-x1-uk-november-2016BMW soars 28% to snap the third position in the UK brands ranking in November. 

Ford continues to dominate the brands ranking, roughly following the market at +2% to 11.9% share, while Vauxhall is in great difficulty at -24% to 8.7% share, threatened this time by BMW surging up 28% year-on-year and two spots on October to third place overall with 15.330 units and 8.3% share. Volkswagen (+11%), Audi (+17%), Mercedes (+15%), Nissan (+17%) and Renault (+12%) follow, all with double-digit gains. Further down, Kia (+18%), Skoda (+24%) and Seat (+35%) also impress while among smaller-volume brands, notice Jaguar (+36%), Smart (+31%), Abarth (+28%) and Infiniti (+160%) all posting spectacular year-on-year improvements.

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Model-wise, below the Ford Fiesta once again head-and-shoulders above the competition at 4.6% share, the Vauxhall Astra signs a second consecutive month at a segment-leading #2 thanks to deliveries up a whopping 54% with the new generation. The VW Golf gains one spot on October to #3, the Vauxhall Corsa freefalls 40% to #4, the Ford Focus is down 11% at #5 but the Nissan Qashqai (+28%) and VW Polo (+23%) frankly beat the market. The Mini (#7) and Mercedes C-Class (#10) are back inside the Top 10.

Previous month: UK October 2016: Market up 1.4%, Audi > VW for second time in 3 months

One year ago: UK November 2015: VW down 20%, Vauxhall Mokka breaks into Top 5

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UK October 2016: Market up 1.4%, Audi > VW for 2nd time in 3 months

audi-a3-uk-october-2016-picture-courtesy-largus-frAudi outsells Volkswagen for the 2nd time ever and the A3 ranks at a record #5,

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The UK new car market manages to nudge a 1.4% year-on-year increase in October to 180.168 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is still breaking records at +2.5% to 2.330.663 deliveries after ten months. Once again fleet sales do the heavy lifting this month with a 4.2% gain to 96.440 and 53.5% share vs. 50.6% YTD, whereas private sales are down 1.1% to 77.821 and 43.2% vs. 45.5% and business sales are down 7.8% to 5.907.

vauxhall-astra-uk-october-2016The Vauxhall Astra dominates its segment in October. 

Ford drops 3% but remains the most popular brand at 11.9% share ahead of Vauxhall at 8.3% (-6%). For the second time in the past three months, Audi (+11%) outsells mass market stablemate Volkswagen (+0.4%) with 14.659 units and 8.1% share vs. 14.023 and 7.8%. BMW is not far behind at 13.541 and 7.5% (-3%). Nissan (+13%), Mercedes (+14%) and Kia (+15%) shine inside the Top 10 while just outside, Skoda (+10%), Mini (+17%), Seat (+51%), Jaguar (+55%), Dacia (+63%), Smart (+23%) and MG (+62%) stand out.

2015 Nissan JukeFirst Top 10 ranking since January for the Nissan Juke. 

Model-wise, below the Ford Fiesta in the lead by far despite a 9% drop, the Vauxhall Astra shoots up 78% to 2nd place with 4.985 sales, the first time it ranks that high in the UK since August 2013. The Astra outsells all its competitors in the compact segment this month, including its archenemy the VW Golf (#4). The Nissan Qashqai for its part is up two spots on September and 9% on October 2015 to #3, its first podium ranking since last February. The Audi A3 teases its stablemate the VW Golf at 4.281 sales vs. 4.520 in 5th place which is an all-time high ranking for the compact Audi, also hit in April 2014. The Nissan Juke is back in the Top 10 for the first time since last January and the Kia Sportage snaps its 4th ever Top 10 ranking after last February, April and August.

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UK September 2016: Fleet sales edge market up 1.6% despite Brexit

audi-a3-uk-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukAudi A3 sales are up 34% in September, earning it a spot in the YTD Top 10.

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New bi-annual license plates traditionally make September one of the two largest months of the year with March for sales, and despite the recent Brexit vote sinking the pound and prompting some manufacturers to raise their prices, 2016 marks a new September volume record, inching past last year’s all-time high by 1.6% to 469.696 units. This means the year-to-date tally is still evolving at all-time record heights, up 2.6% on the same period a year ago to 2.150.495. As it was already the case in August, fleet sales are doing all the work though this month: up 7% to 222.844 units while private sales are down 2% to 223.844 and business sales down 15% to 23.008. Year-to-date, fleet sales are up 5% to 1.082.718, private sales up just 0.4% to 983.123 and business sales down 6% to 84.654.

september-new-car-registrations-2000-to-present-chart-900x594September new car registrations – 2000 to 2016. Source: SMMT

Ford holds onto the lead of the brands ranking but sees its market share thaw to 10.4% due do sales down 11% to 49.078. Vauxhall (-5%) comes in second at 8.9% and Volkswagen reclaims the third spot it holds year-to-date in spite of volumes down 14% after being outsold for the first time in history by stablemate Audi in August. VW is not out of the woods yet though at 33.722 sales it barely edges past BMW at 32.595 (+10%), Mercedes at 31.988 (+16%) and Audi at 31.113 (+9%). Long term trends are pushing for at least one of the three premium Germans to overtake VW consistently over the next couple of years. Renault (+14%) and Hyundai (+10%) are the other double-digit gainers in the Top 10 brands in September.

mercedes-c-class-uk-september-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukThe Mercedes C-Class is among UK’s Top 10 best-sellers for the 5th time in the past 6 months. 

Below, notice Land Rover up a whopping 49% to #13 and 14.629 sales, Mini up 18%, Jaguar up 33%, Dacia up 18%, Lexus up 16%, Jeep up 19%, Smart up 30%, MG up 97% now that the GS SUV is available, Bentley up 111%, Infiniti up 142% and Lotus up 114%. In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta retains the title of best-selling nameplate in the country despite deliveries down a harsh 13% to 19.769, but the entire Top 4 loses volume year-on-year in September: the Vauxhall Corsa (-7%), VW Golf (-19%) and Ford Focus (-23%). The Nissan Qashqai gains 5% to 10.619 units in 5th place ahead of the VW Polo (-11%). Excellent performances of the Vauxhall Astra (+20%), Audi A3 (+34%) now back into the YTD Top 10 and Mercedes C-Class (+23%), lodging a 5th Top 10 ranking in the past 6 months at #10..

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UK August 2016: Audi outsells Volkswagen for the first time

Kia Sportage UK August 2016The Kia Sportage ranks at a best-ever 8th place overall in August.

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New car registrations in the UK are up 3.3% year-on-year in August to 81.640 units, the best result for the month since 2005 and keeping the year-to-date tally at a record 1.680.799, up 2.8% on the same period in 2015. While any year-on-year gain in the wake of the Brexit vote should be celebrated, the positive result in August is solely the work of fleet sales gaining 8% to 43.267 and 53% of the market whereas private sales, some would argue a truer barometer of consumer confidence, are down 0.2% to 37.288 and 45.7% share. Year-to-date, fleet sales are up 5% to 859.874 and 51.2% share (up from 50.2% a year ago) but private sales are up just 1% to 759.279 and 45.2% (down from 46% a year ago). The remainder of the sales are accounted for by business purchases.

Audi VW BMW UK August 2016. Picture courtesy auto-motor-und-sport.deFor the first time in UK history, Audi manages to outsell VW, with BMW just behind.

August-new-car-registrations-2000-to-present-chart-768x515August new car registrations – 2000 to 2016. Source: SMMT

Ford remains the most popular marque in the UK despite dropping 2% to 11.703 and 14.3% share, keeping Vauxhall at a fair distance, down 4% to 8.579 and 10.5%. Audi surges 6% to 6.195 sales and 7.6% share, spectacularly outselling its mass-market stablemate Volkswagen, itself crumbling down 25% to just 5.694 deliveries for a 7% share. According to BSCB calculations, this is the first time Audi ever outsells Volkswagen in the UK. This way, Audi passes BMW year-to-date to reclaim the #1 luxury title with 107.298 units so far vs. 106.061, but Mercedes – up 17% in August – lurks not far behind at 104.904. Boosted by the tremendous success of the new Sportage (see further down), Kia shoots up 81% to 7th place, becoming the best-selling Asian brand in the UK above local producer Nissan (+11%). Further down, Renault (+43%), Seat (+35%), Land Rover (+45%), Dacia (+97%), Jeep (+76%), Infiniti (+618%), MG (+130%) and Lotus (+500%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains.

Ford Kuga UK August 2016The Ford Kuga is in runout mode just as a facelifted version (pictured) is about to launch.

Over in the models ranking, both market leaders the Ford Fiesta (-4%) and Focus (-6%) lose ground, caught up by the Vauxhall Corsa (+11%) and Astra (+20%) whereas the VW Golf (-24%) and Polo (-8%) register sharp declines. The Vauxall Mokka (+1%) is the most popular SUV in the country like a year ago. But the best performer in the Top 10 is once again the Kia Sportage, up a whopping 112% year-on-year thanks to the new model to shoot up to a best-ever 8th position overall. It’s the third time the Sportage manages a UK Top 10 ranking this year – and ever – after last February and April when it ranked #9 each time. The record of UK Top 10 appearances by a Korean model is held by the Hyundai i10: six times between July 2009 and December 2011, peaking at #3 in August 2009. Finally, the Ford Kuga makes its 2nd ever incursion inside the UK Top 10, lifting its best-ever ranking to #9 (it ranked #10 in August 2015).

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