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Second BSCB feature in Britain’s biggest selling weekly car magazine

August 29th, 2015 2 comments

Auto Express China on the March

For the second time in two months, BestSellingCarsBlog features in Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine, Auto Express, in this week’s issue on sale since Wednesday 26/08. After a selection of best-selling global cars you’ve never heard of in June, this time I go through ten Chinese carmakers you need to know about and their chances to hit the UK market in the near future. This three-page Inside Story titled “China on the march” features Baojun,  BYD, Chang’an, Dongfeng, Geely, GAC Trumpchi, Haval, Hongqi, Roewe and Wuling as well as a selection of five Chinese joint-ventures including the potential mismatch between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover. In essence a synthesis of our monthly coverage of the Chinese market with a distinct English flavour.

The BSCB signature is included once again, with an increase number of markets as we have added a series of South Pacific nations since the first Auto Express feature. It now details Best selling cars blog as “the most exhaustive website covering car sales data, trends and analysis for more than 190 markets worldwide, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, with 70 markets updated monthly and regular strategic reports on the latest sales trends in key markets like China”. If you live in the UK, go get yourself a copy: it in on sale until next Tuesday 1/09. You can also buy it online here.

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UK July 2015: Now with Top 125 models (BSCB exclusive)

August 25th, 2015 No comments

Jaguar XE UK July 2015The Jaguar XE is already up to #35 at home in the UK this month.

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Today we can share with you as a BestSellingCarsBlog exclusive the Top 120 best-selling models in the UK, instead of the traditional (yet very restrictive) Top 10, allowing us a fascinating and up-to-the-minute insight into this market. The Vauxhall Mokka (#11), Nissan Juke (#12) and Ford Kuga (#13) are knocking on the UK Top 10’s door this month, and for the latter a monthly Top 10 ranking would be a historical first. The Audi A1 is up to a spectacular 17th spot vs. #49 over Q1 2015, the Skoda Octavia is up to #18 (Q1: #35), the VW Passat up to #23 (#67), Skoda Fabia up to #25 (#66), BMW 2 Series up to #44 (#84) and Ford Ecosport up to #70 (#91). The Nissan Pulsar is slowly stirring itself in the right direction, at a still very discreet 76th spot in July vs. #94 in Q1 2015.

Hyundai Tucson UK July 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe all-new Hyundai Tucson is already knocking on the UK Top 50’s door this month.

Mercedes justifies its fantastic brand performance (+21% and 5th place overall) with a Top 10 ranking from the C-Class, the A-Class at #19, E-Class at #32, GLA at #84 and CLA at #86 (vs. #103 and #178 respectively during Q1). The Volvo XC90 comes back to life thanks to the new generation: back up to #118. There are no less than ten 2015 launches in the July UK Top 120, all brilliantly led by the all-new Jaguar XE surging to a very impressive 35th spot vs. #16 for the BMW 3 Series it blatantly is aiming at. The Hyundai Tucson misses the Top 50 by less than 100 units at #53 whereas only demo cars would have been registered by now.

Citroen C4 Cactus UK July 2015. Picture courtesy dailyrecord.co.ukThe Citroen C4 Cactus ranks at #75 in the UK in July.

Further down, the Citroen C4 Cactus makes a remarkable arrival at #75, already the brand’s third best-seller in the UK below the C1 at #39 and the C4 Picasso at #54. The long-awaited return of the Viva nameplate, known as the Opel Karl elsewhere, points its bonnet at #78 this month – still relatively shy, the Fiat 500X is at #89 and the only Fiat in the Top 100 along with the 500 (#8), the Land Rover Discovery Sport is already marking a pause at #95 vs. #65 in Q1, and the Jeep Renegade, Smart Forfour, Suzuki Vitara and Mazda CX-3 also make their first appearance.

Detailed H1 2015 UK figures will be uploaded in September.

Previous post (Top 10): UK July 2015: Mercedes up 21% to #5 in more muted market growth

One year ago: UK July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best-ever #5, Mini back in Top 10

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UK Full Year 2014: Now with pickup data (BSCB exclusive)

August 24th, 2015 No comments

Isuzu D-Max UK 2014Isuzu D-Max sales are up 32% in the UK in 2014.

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Today we can share with you exclusive one ton pickup sales data for the UK. Total sales in this segment are up a robust 15% year-on-year to 33.889 vs. +9% for the overall market. The Toyota Hilux leads the way thanks to sales up 10%, above the Mitsubishi L200 (+17%) and the Isuzu D-Max (+32%) overtaking both the Nissan Navara (+1%) and the Ford Ranger (+27%). At the opposite end of the scale, notice the Great Wall Wingle down a harsh 58% in 7th and last place.

UK Full Year 2014 posts:

UK Full Year 2014: Market up 9% to highest level in a decade

UK Full Year 2014: Now with Top 365 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

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UK July 2015: Mercedes up 21% to #5 in more muted market growth

August 7th, 2015 5 comments

Mercedes GLE UK July 2015Mercedes GLE – Mercedes is the 5th most popular brand in the UK in July.

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New car sales in the UK have not seen a year-on-year decline in 42 months (since February 2012) with July registrations up another 3% to 178.420 units, lifting the year-to-date total to a record 1.555.309 deliveries in seven months, up 6.5% on 2014. More muted gains are expected for the second half of 2015 by SMMT, but given all forecast for the UK market in the past 3 years have been properly blown out of the water, another surge to ensure an all-time high sales figure for the year is not out of the question. Brand-wise, Ford (+2%) and Vauxhall (-10%) with Audi (+8%) just 1.4 percentage point below Volkswagen (+11%) at 7.3% vs. 8.7%. Mercedes gains a whopping 21% to storm into the Top 5 for only the 2nd time in at least 3 years along with Feb ’14 with 10.127 deliveries and 5.7%, overtaking Nissan (-5%) and BMW (-6%). Below, Hyundai (+16%), Honda (+17%), Mazda (+24%), Renault (+35%), Jaguar (+77%), Porsche (+78%) and Jeep (+149%) enjoy a great UK summer.

Ford Focus UK July 2015The Ford Focus is up 17% to #2 this month.

In the models ranking, despite sales down 4% year-on-year to 8.504 the Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the country for the 28th time in the past 29 months (only loss was to the Vauxhall Corsa last December), followed this time by the Ford Focus up a very dynamic 17% to 7.044 but remaining #3 year-to-date below the Corsa, down 11% this month. The Audi A3 is back inside the Top 10 to a splendid 6th position thanks to sales up 6% to 3.731, the VW Polo surges 65% to #7 and 3.620 and the Fiat 500 is up 6% to #8 and 3.191, earning back its spot in the YTD Top 10. The Mercedes C-Class holds its place in the Top 10 thanks to 2.868 sales this month.

Previous post: UK 1st Half 2015: Registrations up 7% to highest-ever half year score

Previous month: UK June 2015: Mini and Vauxhall Mokka shine in market up 13%

One year ago: UK July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best-ever #5, Mini back in Top 10

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UK 1st Half 2015: Registrations up 7% to highest-ever half year score

July 10th, 2015 No comments

Vauxhall Corsa UK June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Vauxhall Corsa is up to 2nd place overall in the UK thanks to the new model.

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All the planets are aligned for the UK market this year: low interest rates, attractive finance deals and a flow of new models priced aggressively have spruced up new car demand to record-high levels. Over the First Half of the year, 1.376.889 new cars found a buyer, just slipping past the previous record of 1.376.565 established over ten years ago in 2004. June marked the an incredible 40 consecutive month of year-on-year gains, also an all-time record for the UK car industry. SMMT predicts “a flatter second half of the year as the market finds its natural running rate”. At this rate, the UK new car market is headed towards a record 2.6 million annual units for 2015 which would be an all-time record, beating the 2.579.050 units hit in 2003. The UK market only managed over 2.5 million sales 3 times in the past: from 2002 to 2004.

Mercedes C-Class UK June 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Mercedes C-Class breaks into the UK Top 10.

Brand-wise, Ford (+2%) and Vauxhall (+1%) gain less ground than the market, resulting in lower market shares of 12.9% and 10.3% respectively, while Volkswagen (+8%) powers ahead to 8.7%, historically outselling Vauxhall in April. Audi holds onto a splendid 4th place with 86.009 units, Nissan is up a fantastic 18% to #5, Mercedes up 17% to #7 and Hyundai up 9% to #10. Outside the Top 10, Renault (+15%), Mazda (+18%), Land Rover (+20%), Lexus (+23%), Porsche (+33%), Mini (+46%), Mitsubishi (+120%) and Jeep (+229%) impress.

Mini UK June 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frMini

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta is headed towards an easy 7th consecutive win with sales up 3% to 71.990 units, over 20.000 above the next best-seller, and this time it’s the Vauxhall Corsa boosted 19% by a mix of previous gen runout prices and the new gen gracefully sliding into dealerships. The Ford Focus is kicked down to #3 above the VW Golf while the Nissan Qashqai is up a stunning 32% to break into an intermediate Top 5 for the very first time. The VW Polo (+26%) and Audi A3 (+11%) also shine, while the Mercedes C-Class and Mini, both up a spectacular 36% thanks to new generations and the addition of a 5-door variant as far as the Mini is concerned, break into the UK Top 10.

Previous post: UK June 2015: Mini and Vauxhall Mokka shine in market up 13%

Q1 2015 post: UK 1st Quarter 2015: Now with all-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

FY 2014 posts:

UK Full Year 2014: Now with Top 365 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

UK Full Year 2014: Market up 9% to highest level in a decade

One year ago: UK 1st Half 2014: Now with Top 350 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

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UK June 2015: Mini and Vauxhall Mokka shine in market up 13%

July 6th, 2015 No comments

Mini UK June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThird consecutive month inside the UK Top 10 for the Mini.

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The UK car market celebrates a record 40th consecutive month of year-on-year improvement in June at a splendid +13% to 257.817 registrations, shutting down worries that this incredible positive run is about to end. Total sales halfway through the year amount to an all-time high 1.376.889 units, up 7% on 2014. Below Ford (+13%), Vauxhall (+6%) and Volkswagen (+27%), in identical order as last month, year-to-date and 2014, BMW and Nissan overtake Audi to rank #4 and #5 respectively with 17.242 and 15.171 sales, Mercedes is up a robust 17% at #7, Skoda up 26% o #11, Mini up 31% to #14, Land Rover up 25%, Mazda up 29%, Dacia up 33%, Mitsubishi up 69% and Jeep up 161%.

Vauxhall Mokka UK June 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukVauxhall Mokka

Nine of the Top 10 best-selling models in the country gain ground year-on-year, 7 of them outpacing the market, signalling a clear consolidation of the market around trusted nameplates. The Ford Fiesta (+12%), Vauxhall Corsa (+20%), Ford Focus (+23%), VW Golf (+16%) and Nissan Qashqai (+33%) follow the same order as the year-to-date charts, while the Mini celebrates 3 consecutive months inside the Top 10 at #7 with 5.551 sales, earning it a spot in the 2015 Top 10, and the Vauxhall Mokka lodges its first Top 10 ranking of the year and third ever after May and December 2014 at #9 and 5.026 deliveries.

Previous post: BSCB featured in Britain’s biggest selling weekly car magazine

Previous UK data post: UK 1st Quarter 2015: Now with all-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

Previous month: UK May 2015: Ford Focus and Mini shine, positive run about to end?

One year ago: UK June 2014: Vauxhall Insignia up to #7 in market up another 6%

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BSCB featured in Britain’s biggest selling weekly car magazine

June 19th, 2015 No comments

BSCB Auto Express

UPDATE: since June 22 my article is also featured on the Auto Express website

BestSellingCarsBlog is featured in this week’s issue of Auto Express, Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine, with an article written by myself titled “Worlds apart – best-selling global cars you’ve never heard of”. I have selected 15 worldwide best-sellers that don’t sell widely outside of their home market and therefore may have gone below the radar for most car enthusiasts. That is, if you are not a BSCB reader! Best selling cars blog is described in the article as “the most exhaustive website covering car sales data, trends and analysis for over 180 markets worldwide, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, with 70 markets updated monthly and regular strategic reports on the latest sales trends in key markets like China”. Pretty accurate innit? If you live in the UK, go get yourself a copy: it in on sale until next Tuesday 23 June. You can also buy it online here.

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UK 1st Quarter 2015: Now with All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

June 12th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai i20 UK March 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Hyundai i20 breaks into the UK Top 50 this year.

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The UK is the last Top 12 market to be updated with a full All-models ranking for the 1st Quarter 2015, exclusive to BSCB. You can see all Q1 2015 updates for the Top 12 markets in the world here, and you can see the original March 2015 UK update here. This ranking reflects the cars registered in the country and therefore is slightly different to the monthly updates we publish here. For example, the Mercedes C-Class is up to a brilliant 6th place with 15.161 sales vs. #12 over the Full Year 2014, the Fiat 500 is up to #9 and the Audi A3 down to #10. The Mini (#11) and Vauxhall Mokka (#12) are knocking at the Top 10’s door while the BMW 3 Series is down 6 spots on its 2012 ranking to #17. There are two new entrants inside the UK Top 20 over the period: the Citroen C4/Picasso at #18 and the Ford Kuga at #20.

Land Rover Discovery Sport UK March 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Land Rover Discovery Sport lands directly at #65 at home.

Further down, the Toyota Aygo (+10 spots on FY2014), Range Rover Evoque (+16), Renault Captur (+12), VW Tiguan (+15), Peugeot 2008 (+12), Peugeot 108 (+57), Mazda3 (+38), Mitsubishi Outlander (+45) and Ford Mondeo (+11) all take off. Outside the Top 50, notice the Dacia Sandero up 7 ranks to #55, the BMW 2 Series up 27 to #84, the Ford Ecosport up 53 to #91 and the Nissan Pulsar up 82 to #94. There are six all-new entrants in the UK sales charts this year so far, led by the Land Rover Discovery at #65 followed by the Jeep Renegade at #121, the Smart Forfour at #129, Suzuki Vitara at #211, Jaguar XE at #250 and Fiat 500X at #313.

Jaguar XE UK May 2015Jaguar XE

Previous post: UK May 2015: Ford Focus and Mini shine, positive run about to end?

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UK May 2015: Ford Focus & Mini shine – positive run about to end?

June 4th, 2015 1 comment

Mini UK May 2015The Mini ranks inside the UK Top 10 for the 2nd month running.

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Still going: the UK new car market signs its 39th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in May at 198.706 units, meaning no decline since February 2012… However this record run may be about to end: the 2.4% year-on-year gain in May is the smallest since the +0.1% of August 2012, and as we have seen in the sales detail by nation, only England is up (+4%) and concentrating most fleet sales while Scotland (-8%), Northern Ireland (-3%) and Wales (-5%) are down. In fact, if we remove fleet sales – accounting for 50.6% of all sales in May 2015 vs. 49.6% in May 2014 – the market is up a tiny 0.3% at 98107 units vs. 97.792 a year ago. To be sure, what the UK market is currently experiencing in nothing short of exceptional and we would need to go back to just after World War II to see such prolonged dynamism anywhere in Europe.

Brand-wise, below Ford up 3% to 12.2% share, Vauxhall reclaims the #2 spot off Volkswagen at 10.4% of the market vs. 8.7%. Great performers include Mercedes, Hyundai (+12%), Nissan (+14%), Renault, Jaguar, (+17%), Porsche (+39%), Mitsubishi (+49%), Mini (+65%) and Jeep (+218%). The Ford Fiesta remains the most popular choice of UK consumers with one percentage point advance on the Ford Focus, #2 for the second straight month and up a fantastic 26% year-on-year thanks to its facelift. The Vauxhall Corsa is back above the VW Golf, the Vauxhall Astra returns inside the Top 5 and is back above the VW Polo year-to-date at #6, the Mini is definitely boosted by the addition of the 5-door variant, up to #6 and inside the Top 10 two months in a row for the first time since December 2012. Notice also the Nissan Juke back among the UK’s ten most popular nameplates for the first time since last December.

Previous month: UK April 2015: Volkswagen above Vauxhall in best April in a decade

One year ago: UK May 2014: Vauxhall Mokka breaks into Top 10 for the first time

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UK April 2015: Volkswagen above Vauxhall in best April in a decade

May 8th, 2015 No comments

VW Passat UK April 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukVW Passat – Volkswagen is the #2 brand in the UK this month.

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Nothing is stopping the UK market’s advance: April marks the 38th consecutive month of year-on-year gains at +5% to 185.778 registrations, the month’s best performance since 2005 and bringing the year-to-date total to 920.366 units, up 6%. Big changeover in the brands ranking this month: below Ford at 13.5% share (-3%), Volkswagen historically overtakes Vauxhall to snap the 2nd spot overall thanks to sales up 13% to 18.690 units, breaking the 10% market share milestone vs. 16.538 and 8.9% for Vauxhall. Audi (+2%) stays in 4th place with a very robust 7.1% share, but BMW (+4%) and Mercedes (+15%) are catching up in 5th and 6th places respectively.

Car-regs-April-15-3Source: SMMT

Other great gainers in the Top 30 brands include Skoda (+10%), Dacia (+17%), Renault, Mazda (+20%), Land Rover (+27%), Mini (+32%), MG (+39%), Porsche (+45%), Lexus (+51%), Mitsubishi (+59%), Smart (+91%) and Jeep up 3-fold. In the models ranking, Ford monopolises the first two spots with the Fiesta (10.294 sales) and Focus (6.347) with the VW Golf rounding up the podium. The Vauxhall Corsa is down two ranks to #4 but up 25% year-on-year, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (+25% also) and VW Polo (+36%) symbolically overtaking the Vauxhall Astra year-to-date to rank #7. The Mini reappears inside the Top 10 at #10 thanks to the new 5-door variant.

Mini UK April 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Mini is back inside the UK Top 10 this month.

Previous post: UK Full Year 2014: Now with Top 365 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

Previous month: UK March 2015: Nissan Qashqai hits record in best month this century

One year ago: UK April 2014: Audi A3 up to all-time high 5th place

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