UK January 2016: Nissan Qashqai surges to record-breaking 2nd place

Nissan Qashqai UK January 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukNissan Qashqai – Never before had a Japanese nameplate ranked so high in the UK.

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The UK new car market starts 2016 on a positive note with sales up 3% to reach an 11-year high for January of 169.678 registrations. Even better news: this increase is fuelled by private buyers with demand for new cars up by 8% to 73.061 units and 43.1% share vs. 41% a year ago according to SMMT. The month marks the highest number of new cars registered to private buyers in January in 12 years. On the other hand, fleet sales are down 1% to 89.901 units and 53% share vs. 55.2% in January 2015. Alternative-fuel vehicle continue to grow in popularity, with registrations up 32% year-on-year to a record 3.6% share. Petrol hybrids are up 44% to 3.783 cars, plug-in hybrids up 32% to 1.592 and pure electric cars up 14% to 584.

January-new-car-registrations-1997-to-presentSource: SMMT

Ford maintains its grip on the UK market with volumes up 3% to 22.035 and 13% share whereas immediate followers Vauxhall (-10%) and Volkswagen (-14%) bite the dust. Mercedes on the other hand is up a fantastic 26% on January 2015 to land in 4th position overall with 11.800 sales and 7% share, only 255 units below Volkswagen! Audi (+1%) isn’t far behind either at 11.513 units with Nissan the last manufacturer to post a 5-digit sales figure in the UK this month at 10.720 (-3%). Notice also Suzuki up 24%, Honda up 25%, Mazda up 28%, Renault up 37%, Ssangyong up 122%, MG up 132%, Jeep up 139%, Jaguar up 182% and Smart up 266%.

Mercedes CLA UK January 2016Mercedes is up 26% to tease Volkswagen for third place overall in the UK brands ranking. 

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta retains the pole position by far at 5.1% share despite sales down 4% on a year ago, but the big event this month is the Nissan Qashqai rising to a best-ever 2nd place in the UK, the highest-ever ranking reached by a Japanese nameplate here and smashing its previous best of #4 hit in January 2015 and March 2015. January and March are traditionally very strong months for Nissan and this year is now exception with the Juke making a reappearance inside the UK Top 10 for only the second time in the past 10 months at #6 and 3.446 sales. The Vauxhall Corsa (-30%), Ford Focus (-11%), VW Golf (-13%), Audi A3 (-12%) and Mercedes C-Class (-14%) all fall heavily.

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UK Full Year 2015 – LCV: Ford Transit Custom & Vauxhall Vivaro on top

Ford Transit Custom UK 2015

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For the first time in four years on BSCB we can share with you the best-selling Light Commercial Vehicles in the UK. The Ford Transit nameplates holds onto the top spot for the 51st consecutive year, albeit in its “Custom” form now at almost 43.000 sales. The Vauxhall Vivaro is a fair bit of distance below at 27.400 units while the “original” Transit lurks in third place with 26.200 deliveries.

Vauxhall Vivaro UK 2015Vauxhall Vivaro

The Mercedes Sprinter and VW Transporter round up the Top 5, with Peugeot placing two nameplates inside the Top 10: the Partner (#8) and Boxer (#10). The Toyota Hilux (+4%) dominates the pick-up market again – ranking just outside the overall LCV Top 10 – but its advantage over the Mitsubishi L200 (+30%) has thawed to just 217 units while the new generation boosts the Ford Ranger up 47% to #14 overall.

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UK Full Year 2015: Market up 6% to record 2.633.503 units

Nissan Qashqai UK 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe locally-produced Nissan Qashqai is the first-ever Japanese car to break the annual UK Top 5. 

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It’s official: 2015 is an all-time record year for new car sales in the UK, up a solid 6% to 2.633.503 units, beating the previous best of 2.579.050 units reached 12 years ago in 2003. In fact, it is only the fourth time in history the UK market is above 2.5 million and the first time in over a decade after 2002, 2003 and 2004.  There is however a distinctly nagging feeling to this perfect picture: if in 2014 private and fleet sales were almost exactly at the same level, this year a large part of the year-on-year growth is coming from fleet deliveries up 12% to 1.317.570, reaching an all-time high 50% share vs. just +2.5% to 1.208.812 and 45.9% share for private purchases. Business sales for their part are down 10% to just 107.121 units and 4.1% share. A market boosted by fleet sales is by nature lacking in fundamental health and it’s one of the reasons why SMMT predicts flat overall sales for 2016.

UK new car registrations – rolling year totals, 2009 to present (source SMMT):

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Jaguar XE UK 2015The XE single-handedly boost Jaguar sales up 30% at home in 2015.

Brand-wise, the podium is unchanged with Ford sovereign again at 12.7% share above Vauxhall at 10%, while Volkswagen has experienced a rollercoaster year, historically outselling Vauxhall in April to rank #2 overall but sinking 20% in November in the midst of its emissions scandal. BMW takes control of luxury brands thanks to sales up a spectacular 12% to 167.391, overtaking Audi (+4%) with Mercedes (+17%) catching up in 7th place. Hyundai replaces Citroen in the Top 10 and outside, Renault (+14%), Land Rover (+18%), Mini (+18%), Mazda (+20%), Jaguar (+30%), Mitsubishi (+44%), Porsche (+33%), Jeep (+176%) and Smart (+95%) take off. DS appears as a standalone brand at #29.

Vauxhall Mokka UK 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka makes its grand entrance in the annual UK Top 10.

Over in the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta signs a 7th consecutive win with 133.434 sales, and is followed this year by the Vauxhall Corsa boosted up 13% by the new model and overtaking the Ford Focus to land at #2 for the first time since 2012. Below the VW Golf, the Nissan Qashqai (+22%) is the first-ever Japanese model to break the annual UK Top 5 at #5 with 60.814 sales. The Vauxhall Astra falls to its lower UK ranking in 31 years (since 1984) at #7 – the new generation cannot come quick enough – just as the Vauxhall Mokka delivers its very first annual Top 10 ranking at #10. Finally, the Mini (#9) is back inside the annual UK Top 10 for the first time since 2012.

Land Rover Discovery Sport UK 2015The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the most popular all-new model in the UK in 2015.

Outside the Top 10, the Ford Kuga is up 39% and 9 spots to #17, the Renault Captur is up 28% to #24, the Toyota Aygo up 22% to #25, the BMW 4 Series up 60% to #28 and the Ford Mondeo up 47% to #36. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the most popular all-new model in the UK for 2015, brilliantly breaking ion the Top 50 for its very firs annual appearance at #49 with 16.485 deliveries. It is followed by the Citroen C4 Cactus at #75 (11.357), Hyundai Tucson at #81 (10.203 sales), the Jaguar XE at #85 (9.543), the Fiat 500X at #102, Jeep Renegade at #107, Suzuki Vitara at #110, Smart Forfour at #111 and the Vauxhall Viva at #114. A year rich in novelties indeed!

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UK December 2015: Mini on podium in record month

Mini Cooper UK December 2015The Mini hatch is the third best-selling nameplate in the UK this month.

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The UK market ends 2015 with a bang with sales up 8.5% year-on-year to the highest December score on record at 180.077 registrations. This brings the Full Year 2015 figures to an all-time record of 2.63 million units, which we will analyse shortly in more detail in a separate post. An important element to keep in mind is that December is heavily biased by year-end incentive, especially in a market where every second car sales is a fleet sale. Ford (+13%) outpaces the market to reach 12.9% share above Vauxhall at 11.6% (-10%). BMW delivers a stunning 38% year-on-year gain lifting it to third place overall with 9.5% share, over three percentage points above its annual share of 6.3%. BMW places the 3 Series at #8 and the 1 Series at #9. After sinking by 20% in October, Volkswagen already stabilises this month but drops to 4th. Peugeot (+20%), Mazda (+30%), Volvo (+31%), Dacia (+33%), Land Rover (+36%) and Jaguar (+42%) also shine.

Austin Mini UK 1982The last time a Mini appeared on the UK podium, it still looked like this…

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta posts an impressive 20% year-on-year gain in pole position to 8.977 sales, a very comfortable distance above the Vauxhall Corsa, down 14% on a particularly strong December 2014 score to 3.8%. But the main event in December in the UK is the landing on the podium of the Mini with 5.371 sales and 3% share. This is the highest ranking ever reached by the Mini “at home” in the UK since the relaunch of the legendary nameplate 16 years ago, with its previous best being #4 in December 2010 and December 2014. More impressive, the last time the Mini (then Austin Mini) ranked within the UK podium is likely to be 1980, a year the diminutive car finished at #4 before crumbling 53% to #10 in 1981, hit by cannibalisation from the Austin Metro. The last time a Mini was on the annual UK podium was in 1979 (#3).

BMW X1 UK December 2015The BMW X1 breaks into the UK Top 50 in December.

Outside the familiar Top 10, the VW Passat shoots up 20 spots on last month to #15, the BMW 4 Series down the same to #17, the BMW 2 Series is up 9 to #19 and the 5 Series up 18 to #23 while the X1 is up a mammoth 74 ranks to #42, the Renault Kadjar stabilises at #60 and the Mini Clubman is up 20 to #71.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport UK November 2015. Picture courtesy carmagazine.co.ukThe Land Rover Discovery Sport breaks into the UK Top 20 for the first time. Picture carmagazine.co.uk

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As per the BSCB tradition, after going through the All-brands and Top 10 models for November, we now study a more detailed models ranking, going this month to the Top 140. After so many years of only being able to share with you a monthly UK Top 10, more detail is a true breath of fresh air. The VW Polo (#11), Nissan Juke (#12) and BMW 1 Series (#16) are kicked out of the Top 10 in November, replaced by the Vauxhall Mokka (#5), Insignia (#8) and Astra (#10). The Ford Kuga is up one spot on October to #14, but the most impressive improvements this month are to be credited to Land Rover: both the Range Rover Evoque and the Land Rover Discovery Plus rank within the UK Top 20, for the first time ever in the case of the latter.

Mini Clubman UK November 2015Mini Clubman

The Hyundai Tucson continues its progression and is now knocking on the Top 25’s door, thanks to the Active and Gran Tourer variants the BMW 2 Series maintains itself inside the Top 30 vs. #53 year-to-date, the Dacia Sandero is up 41 ranks on last month to #32, the Jaguar XE gains another 10 spots to #39, the Ford Ecosport is once again inside the Top 50, the Renault Kadjar is up 50 ranks to #60 and the Mercedes GLC up 52 to #73. The Vauxhall Viva, Jeep Renegade and Suzuki Vitara hold their rank in the Top 100 but the Honda HR-V drops out of it. Finally, the Mini Clubman returns to the UK charts at #91.

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UK November 2015: VW down 20%, Vauxhall Mokka breaks into Top 5 in market back up

Vauxhall Mokka UK November 2015. Picture courtesy evo.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka is among the five most popular cars in the UK.

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After ending a record series of 43 consecutive months of year-on-year gains in October, the UK market is immediately and reassuringly back into positive territory with November sales up 4% to 178.876, bringing the year-to-date total to a record 2.453.426 units. This month Ford (+13%) is under attack from Vauxhall (+26%) at 21.597 sales vs. 20.945 after the latter posted a particularly weak result in October.

VW Golf UK November 2015. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auHit by the emissions scandal: Volkswagen is down 20% in the UK this month. 

But the big news is Volkswagen turning off: down a harsh 20% to 7.2% share vs. 8.5% so far in 2015 now that sales take into account vehicles ordered after its emission scandal broke on September 18, but also various stop-sales effective on diesel models affected. All other brands of the Volkswagen Group drop: Audi (-4%), Skoda (-11%), Seat (-24%) and even Porsche (-1%). UK consumers are however not shunning diesel engines outside of the VW Group with the market share for this fuel type stable at 51.2% vs. 45.9% for petrol.

Land Rover Discovery Sport UK November 2015Partly thanks to the Discovery Sport, Land Rover is among the Top 10 brands in the UK.

Volkswagen is now threatened by BMW for 4th place at 12.958 sales vs. 11.963, while Mercedes gains 13% to land in 6th place, overtaking Nissan (-18%). But the winner this month in the UK brands ranking is Land Rover, almost doubling its sales year-on-year (+94%) to historically break into the Top 10 for the first time in BSCB memory – and most probably ever – at #9 with 6.535 sales and 3.7%. The closer Land Rover came to a Top 10 ranking before was in March 2013 (#11). Notice also Dacia (+41%), Jaguar (+66%), Jeep (+121%), Smart (+442%), MG (+46%) and Ssangyong (+99%) all posting spectacular gains.

Vauxhall Corsa UK November 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Corsa (+50%) helps Vauxhall gain 26% at home this month.

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta holds onto the pole position for just 559 units at 7.826 (+2%) vs. 7.267 (+50%) for he Vauxhall Corsa while the Ford Focus (+1%) reclaims its segment lead off the VW Golf (-20%) at #3. The hero of the month is the Vauxhall Mokka: after missing out on 4th consecutive Top 10 ranking by just one unit in October, the star crossover breaks into the UK overall Top 5 for the very first time at #5 with 3.928 units, beating its previous ranking record (#6) established last December. The Vauxhall Insignia is up 11 ranks on last month to reach its best ranking since March at #8 and the Vauxhall Astra is back inside a Top 10 it left last month for the first time in over a decade.

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Vauxhall Mokka UK October 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka was just one unit off the original UK Top 10 published on Nov 6.

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As is now the tradition, we can share with you monthly more detail about the UK models ranking – extending to the Top 170 for October. There is one main difference with the Top 10 we published earlier this month: the Mini now appears in 7th place with 3.256 sales – potentially due to the inclusion of the new Clubman variant in its sales figure. We also learn that the Vauxhall Mokka missed out on a 4th consecutive Top 10 ranking (discounting the Mini score) by just… one unit at 2.804 vs. 2.805 for the BMW 3 Series. The Mokka outsells the Astra by four sales this month, and it’s worth mentioning that the Astra hadn’t dropped out of the monthly UK Top 10 in over a decade. The new generation, due at the end of the year, cannot come quick enough…

Land Rover Discovery Sport UK October 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukLand Rover Discovery Sport

The Ford Kuga is back up 6 spots to a stunning #15 ranking in October, the Audi A1 does even better at +8 to #16 vs. #25 year-to-date, the Mercedes A-Class teases its big sister the C-Class by just 25 sales, the Hyundai i30 is up a spectacular 27 ranks on September to #20 vs. #53 year-to-date, the BMW 4 Series is up a further 6 to #23, the BMW 5 Series up 10 to #24, the Ford Mondeo up 22 to #16, VW Passat up 17 to #27, Range Rover Evoque up 52 to #28 and the Volvo XC60 up 35 to #34. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson gains a further 3 ranks to #36, the Land Rover Discovery Sport breaks into its home Top 50 for the first time at #42, the Ford Ecosport is up 24 spots to #47 and the Jaguar XE up 11 to #49.

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UK October 2015: First year-on-year decline in record 43 months

BMW 1 Series UK October 2015First UK Top 10 ranking in almost two years for the BMW 1 Series.

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It had to happen at some stage: at -1% and 177.664 registrations, October 2015 marks the first year-on-year decline for the UK new car market after a record 43 consecutive months of growth, the longest ever period of undisrupted year-on-year gains since car sales have been compiled in the UK. The year-to-date volume is still 6% above the same period last year and at an all-time high of 2.274.550. If diesel sales are down 2% vs. -1% for gasoline cars, it is too early to tell whether this is the result of the Volkswagen Dieselgate. The German carmaker, although down 10% to 7.9% share this month, follows roughly the same pattern as market leader Ford (-9%) and behaves much better than Vauxhall, down 16%.

VW Golf UK September 2015No Dieselgate effect? The VW Golf outsells the Ford Focus to leads its segment in October.

The winner of the month is BMW up a fantastic 32% to 13.938 sales – only 32 units below VW – and placing two nameplates inside the UK Top 10 for the first time since December 2013: the 1 Series at #9 and the 3 Series at #10. Audi is up 2% to 13.182 deliveries and 7.4% share vs. 6.4% year-to-date. Notice also Mercedes up 14%, Land Rover up 41% to #12 vs. #19 year-to-date, Mazda up 25%, Jaguar up 71%, Jeep up 113% and Smart up 302%.

Audi A3 UK September 2015. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe Audi A3 ranks 6th in the UK in October.

The Ford Fiesta remains UK’s favourite nameplate despite sales down 6% above the Vauxhall Corsa (-18%), VW Golf (-11%) and Ford Focus (-31%): an intense fragmentation of the top of the ranking with the Top 4 best-sellers only accounting for 13.2% of the UK market vs. 15.7% a year ago. The Audi A3 jumps back up 8 spots on September to a stunning 6th position, the VW Polo is down a painful 19% at #7 and the Nissan Juke is back inside the Top 10 at #8 even though its volume is 27% below October 2014.

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe UK June 2015The BMW 4 Series is up to #34 so far in 2015.

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We now have access to a full All-models ranking for the UK. The January-September cumulative totals have also been added to the September Top 140 Ranking Table accordingly. Note these figures are registrations, not sales, so may differ slightly from our previous H1 2015 update. We learn that the Vauxhall Mokka is up 35% year-on-year to #12 overall, the Ford Kuga up 45% to #18, Citroen C4 Picasso up 24% to #19, Toyota Aygo up 28% to #25 thanks to the new model, the Renault Captur up 33% to #26 and the VW Tiguan up 29% to #33. The BMW 4 Series is up a fantastic 63% on the same period a year ago to #34 just as the 3 Series drops 11% to #15, the Peugeot 108 shoots up to #44 and the Dacia Sandero is up to #53.

Land Rover Discovery Sport UK June 2015The Land Rover Discovery Sport stops 553 units short off a Top 50 ranking over the period.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport wins the title of most successful newcomer, landing directly at #56 – only 553 units off a Top 50 ranking. Other popular newcomers include the Nissan Pulsar (#94), Suzuki Celerio (#98), Jeep Renegade (#107), Fiat 500X (#109), Smart Forfour (#110), Suzuki Vitara (#126) and Lexus NX (#147).

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Ford Transit Custom UK September 2015The Ford Transit Custom is the best-selling LCV in the UK this month, by far.

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Today we can share with you exclusive Light Commercial Vehicles all-models data for the UK market. Not just for the month of September, but also the Full Year 2014 and the First Half of 2015. As it has been the case for the past half-century, the Ford Transit – this time in its Custom variant – leads the sales charts with over 11.000 units for the month. The Mercedes Sprinter reclaims the #2 spot it held over FY 2014 (it ranked #4 in H1 2015), distancing the Vauxhall Vivaro, Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner. On the podium over the first half of the year, the VW Transporter dives to #6 in September, while the Mitsubishi L200, boosted by the new generation, breaks into the Top 10 at #8 vs. #14 in H1 and #16 in 2014, meaning it is the best-selling pick-up in the UK above the Toyota Hilux (#10). Notice also the Ford Ranger at #11, Renault Master at #13 and Renault Kangoo at #16.

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