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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

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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

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

April 14th, 2015 No comments

Peugeot 2008 UK 2014The Peugeot 2008 posts the biggest year-on-year gain in the 2014 UK Top 50.

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The time has arrived: I can now share with you the much anticipated all-models ranking for the UK over the Full Year 2014. This data is exclusive to BSCB. As a quick reminder, the UK market is up a very robust 9% in 2014 to 2,476,435 registrations, the biggest annual tally in a decade and the 4th largest of all time:  only 2002, 2003 and 2004 saw more cars registered in the history of automobile in this country. Keep in mind this complete ranking reflects registrations to end consumers and not to dealers and there are therefore slight changes compared to the previous FY2014 Top 20 I published, plus little variations in variants of one model taken into account.

Mercedes A Class UK 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukMercedes A-Class sales are up 47% in the UK in 2014.

For example Mercedes C-Class sales now include the Coupe, pushing the nameplate to #12 overall (+4%), the Mini, boosted by the arrival of the 5dr variant, is up to #13 with the Vauxhall Mokka still up a staggering 145% to #14, the Vauxhall Zafira is back inside the Top 20 at #18, knocking the Renault Clio down to #21. Outside the Top 20 in uncharted territory for us and this is where things get really interesting. The Mercedes A-Class is up 12 spots and a fantastic 47% to #22, the Citroen C4/C4 Picasso is up 60% to #25, the Nissan Note up 88% to #27, the Seat Leon up 52% to #28, the Skoda Octavia up 48% to #33 and the Dacia Sandero up 66% to #62.

Peugeot 108 UK 2014The Peugeot 108 is the most successful all-new nameplate of 2014.

A handful of models launched during 2013 logically post some of the largest year-on-year gains in the ranking. Among them the Peugeot 2008 is up 356% to #45, the Renault Captur is up 207% to #39 and the BMW 4 Series is up 662% to #53. The best-selling all-new nameplate in 2014 is the Peugeot 108 landing directly at #93, followed by the BMW 2 Series at #111, the Mercedes GLA at #124, Nissan Pulsar at #176 and Porsche Macan at #180.

Previous FY2014 update:  UK Full Year 2014: Market up 9% to highest level in a decade

Previous exclusive update: UK 9 months 2014: Now with Top 360 All-models (BSCB exclusive)

One year ago: UK Full Year 2013: Now with Top 322 best-selling models (BSCB exclusive)

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

April 10th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Qashqai UK March 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.uk12,210 Nissan Qashqai found a buyer in the UK this month, a record.

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492,774 new cars were registered in the UK in March, the best month since the twice-yearly number plate changes were introduced in 1999. Nearly half a million cars sold means the March European ranking will be heavily influenced by this market as is the case twice a year. March sales are up 6% year-on-year, the 37th consecutive month of year-on-year gains, bringing the first quarter total to 734,588 units, up 7% on 2014. March fleet sales are up 12% while private sales are up 3%.

UK March 1999 2015UK March sales since 1999

In the brands ranking, the leading trio remains unchanged with Ford on top (+1%) followed by Vauxhall (-3%) and Volkswagen (+7%). Nissan shoots up 3 spots on February and 22% year-on-year to #4 and an astounding 31,026 sales, Mercedes is up 19% to 26,616 units but stays below Audi (29,153) and BMW (26,925), Renault is up 15% to #12, Land Rover up 29% to #13, Mini up 62%, Mazda up 18%, Mitsubishi up 207% and Jeep up 397%.

Ford Fiesta UK March 2015The Ford Fiesta delivers its largest monthly volume this century.

The Ford Fiesta is the most popular nameplate in the country once again, and with sales up 5% to 27,034 units it even hits its highest monthly volume this century, and potentially the nameplate’s 40 year career-high. This score is also the second highest monthly volume by any nameplate in the UK this century below the 27,750 units sold by the Ford Focus in March 2005. The Vauxhall Corsa is up 22% to 19,391 units thanks to the new model above the Ford Focus down 8% to 15,442.

2015 Jeep® Renegade LatitudeJeep Renegade – Jeep UK sales are up 397% year-on-year in March.

In 4th position, the Nissan Qashqai is up a fantastic 38% year-on-year to hit an all-time record sales volume of 12,210, the first time the locally-produced SUV crosses the 10,000 monthly sales mark in the UK. #4 is also its record ranking, also reached last January. Thanks to this very impressive performance, the Qashqai is now #5 year-to-date, only 749 units below the VW Golf down 10% to #5 in March. Excellent performance of the VW Polo up 21% to 10,038 sales, the model’s second 10,000+ month with last September (10,312). The Audi A3 (#8), Mercedes C-Class (#9) and Fiat 500 (#10) are also strong this month.

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One year ago: UK March 2014: Market up 18% to 2nd best monthly volume ever

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UK 9 months 2014: Now with Top 360 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

March 19th, 2015 No comments

Jaguar F-Type UK 2014The Jaguar F-Type cracks the Top 150 at home over the period.

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We are catching up on lost time with UK sales data: today I can give you a Top 360 All-models ranking for the first 9 months of 2014, the last stop before Full Year 2014 data. This is to be compared with a Top 10 traditionally, or a Top 20 for the FY2014 (for now). Note this ranking represents cars registered, not sold and therefore many be slightly different than the previous H1 2014 data published. It also has a few quirks, notably unusual sales splits for the Mini (Cooper/One/Countryman/Roadster/Paceman). Outside the familiar Top 10, the Mercedes C-Class gains two spots on H1 to #11, the Mini Cooper, Mercedes A-Class and Nissan Note do the same at #21, #22 and #25 respectively, the Ford Kuga gains 4 to #28 and the Renault Captur takes a slight advantage over its archenemy the Peugeot 2008 at #41 vs. #44.

Lamborghini Huracan UK 2014The Lamborghini Huracan lands at #334.

The Volvo V40 is up 6 ranks to #45, the Suzuki Alto up 9 to #56, BMW 4 Series up 5 to #64, the Fiat 500L, now split from the 500, appears at #75 with 8,466 sales, the Mini Countryman climbs to #96 and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 22 spots to #99. Dacia marks a slight pause: the Sandero is down 7 spots vs. H1 to #62 with 10,896 sales, the Duster slips out of the Top 100 at #102 with 4,736 units and the Logan is down two ranks to #149 and 1,802 deliveries.

MG3 UK 2014The MG3 ranks at #168 so far in 2014.

Among 2014 newcomers, the Peugeot 108 shoots up 190 spots to #109, the Mercedes GLA is up 11 to #124, the BMW 2 Series up 18 to #125, the Ford Ecosport up 38 to a still very shy #156 and 1,618 sales, the Porsche Macan up 9 to #188, the Tesla Model S up 22 to #226 and the BMW X4 up 82 to #233. We welcome the Nissan Pulsar at #222, the VW e-Golf at #313, Lamborghini Huracan at #334 and Lexus NX at #338. In the local produce aisle, notice the Jaguar F-Type at #150, the MG 3 at #168, the Bentley Continental at #201 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith at #274.

Previous post: UK February 2015: VW Golf doubles sales to shoot up to 2nd place

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UK February 2015: VW Golf doubles sales to shoot up to 2nd place

March 6th, 2015 No comments

VW Golf UK February 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukOnly the Ford Fiesta outsells the VW Golf in the UK this month.

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SMMT figures show the UK new car market up year-on-year for the 36th consecutive month (3 years exactly) at +12% to 76,058 registrations in February, a traditionally slow month ahead of the number plate change in March. This stretch of year-on-year gains is by far the longest the UK market has ever experienced and has been ongoing without interruption since March 2012. The next-longest year-on-year gains stretch is 26 months from May 1987 to June 1989. Slightly worryingly though, fleet sales drove this increase with registrations up 20% while the private market saw an increase of just 3%.

Nissan Qashqai UK February 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Nissan Qashqai is up 71% year-on-year in the UK in February.

Even though it frankly underperforms the market at +2%, Vauxhall (12.4% share) is getting dangerously close to Ford (12.8%) whose sales drop 1% year-on-year. Volkswagen (+39%) and BMW (+68%) are the winners of the month in 3rd and 4th place respectively, with other great performers including Mercedes (+19%), Nissan (+19%), Dacia (+20%), Peugeot (+20%), Toyota (+23%), Seat (+26%), Renault (+67%), Mini (+79%), Jeep (+165%), Maserati (+176%) and Mitsubishi (+178%).

Mercedes C Class UK February 2015. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukMercedes C-Class sales are up 37% on February 2014

The Ford Fiesta dominates the models ranking once again despite sales down 7% year-on-year to 4,096 units. In 2nd place with sales up a bumper 95% on February 2014 is the VW Golf, achieving this ranking in the UK for the 2nd time in the past 4 months. The next 3 nameplates fall heavily: the Vauxhall Corsa (-10%), Astra (-11%) and Ford Focus (-21%) while the Nissan Qashqai (+71%), Vauxhall Insignia (+54%), Mercedes C-Class (+37%), Audi A3 (+40%) and Fiat 500 (+51%) round out the Top 10 and gain very significant ground compared to their level of a year ago.

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