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UK October 2014: Nissan Juke smashes ranking record at #5

November 6th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Juke UK October 2014. Picture courtesy of turbo.frBest-ever UK ranking for the Nissan Juke in October.

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That the UK new car market is enjoying its longest period on continuous growth ever (32 consecutive month) is one thing, but that it keeps exceeding predictions is another. Its 14% year-on-year growth in October took everyone by surprise, myself included, lifting the monthly total to 179,714 units and the YTD score to 2,137,910, up 9.5% on 2013. Sales over 10 months in 2014 are the highest since 2006, already above the Full Year scores in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and crossing the 2 million mark at this stage of the year for the first time since 2007.

MG6 UK October 2014MG sales are up 422% year-on-year in the UK.

Below Ford evolving like the market at +14% and Vauxhall frankly under-performing despite the loss of the Chevrolet brand at -5%, Volkswagen (+23%), Audi (+20%), Nissan (+43%) and BMW (+24%) all post indecent gains. Other over-performing manufacturers in the UK this month include Mini (+35%) up to #13 vs. #19 YTD, Renault (+26%), Volvo (+42%), Dacia (+42%), Mitsubishi (+306%), Lexus (+52%), Porsche (+33%), Subaru (+106%), MG (+422%) and Maserati (+203%).

Nissan Qashqai UK October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai makes it two Japanese models in the UK Top 6 this month.

The Top 4 best-selling models in the UK in October are identical to the YTD ranking: the Ford Fiesta dominates with 5.1% share, ahead of the Ford Focus up a splendid 40% on October 2013, the Vauxhall Corsa up 20% and the VW Golf up 25%. In 5th position, the locally-made Nissan Juke smashes its previous ranking record (#7 in October 2013), making its first appearance in the UK Top 10 since last April and its first ever time among the country’s 5 most popular vehicles. This is potentially the result of a combination of the outgoing model being rebated and the refreshed 2015 version hitting dealerships. In the process the Juke also outsells the Qashqai, its Sunderland factory buddy, for the very first time in the UK – albeit by just 24 units.

Mini UK October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frMini sales are up 35% year-on-year in the UK.

Fresh from celebrating its record-breaking 2 millionth UK unit produced – the fastest to do so in the history of UK automobile, the Qashqai is up 4 spots on September to #6, making it two Nissans in the UK Top 6 for the first time in history and to my knowledge two Japanese models in the UK Top 6 for the first time ever as well. The VW Polo astoundingly almost doubles its sales year-on-year (+93%) to 3,968 units and 2.2% in 7th place, ahead of the Audi A3 now a regular in the Top 10 at #8. Thanks to the new model, the Mini reappears in the UK Top 10 for the 2nd time in the past 4 months at #9 while the Vauxhall Astra uncharacteristically dives down to #10, the nameplate’s lowest ever monthly ranking in the country.

Previous month: UK September 2014: Fiat 500 hits record #6 in best September in a decade

One year ago: UK October 2013: Nissan Juke up to all-time high #7

Full October 2014 Top 10 models and Top 42 brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK September 2014: Fiat 500 hits highest ever 6th place in best September in a decade

October 6th, 2014 4 comments

Fiat 500 UK September 2014Fiat 500

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Nothing can top the UK new car market right now: at 425,861 units during the plate-change month of September, with March traditionally the two biggest months of the year by far, sales are up 5.6% year-on-year to reach the highest September level in 10 years and continuing an uninterrupted record run of 31 straight months of year-on-year gains. On the negative side (is there one?), you can argue the September increase is lower than March (+18%) but on the plus side the market is still pulled by private demand, up 5.9% to 221.146 units and 52% of the market. Year-to-date, UK new car sales are up an extremely impressive 9% to 1.958.196 registrations. In this euphoric context, the Top 5 brands display very varied evolutions: Ford follows the market at +6% and 12.8% share, Vauxhall is stable and therefore loses ground at 9.7%, Volkswagen is up a splendid 14%, Audi (-1%) and BMW (-9%) struggle while Mercedes (+10%) and Nissan (+12%) shine. Notice also Renault up 44%, Land Rover up 15%, Volvo up 38%, Mitsubishi up 95% and Dacia up 28%.

Ford Fiesta UK September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frUnassailable in the UK: the Ford Fiesta

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta is now completely unassailable in pole position with 23,266 sales and 5.5% share (+13%), almost 10,000 units above the #2 its big sis the Ford Focus (-6%) with the VW Golf brilliantly rounding the podium at 13,011 units and 3.1% (+6%). The Polo makes it two Volkswagens in the Top 5 at #5 with sales up a huge 57% on September 2013 to 10,312 units and 2.3% share. Below, thanks to a 23% year-on-year gain and despite its 7 years of age, the Fiat 500 smashes its ranking record in the country to lift it to #6 (previous best: #8). Little by little, the Fiat 500 has well and truly replaced the ‘local’ Mini as the retro-chic Top 10 seller in the UK. A huge achievement for the Italian manufacturer that couldn’t achieve these sales levels even with the mass-produced Uno in the eighties and Punto in the nineties and noughties. Finally, notice the Peugeot 208 making a comeback inside the Top 10 at #9.

Previous month: UK August 2014: 30th consecutive month of year-on-year gains

One year ago: UK September 2013: BMW 1 Series hits record in euphoric market

Full September 2014 Top 10 models and Top 42 brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK August 2014: 30th consecutive month of year-on-year gains

September 6th, 2014 6 comments

Ford Fiesta UK August 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Ford Fiesta is up 42% year-on-year in August.

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August 2014 marks the 30th consecutive month of year-on-year gain for the UK new car market – not a single month in negative since March 2012 – with sales up 9% to 72,163 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,532,335 registrations, up 10% on 2013. This continued great health has a lot to do with improved consumer confidence as private sales have lifted the entire market up: from 840,000 units in the year before March 2012 to 1.15 million in the past 12 months – a 37% increase.

Renault Captur UK August 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukRenault’s recovery in the UK continues: +72% this month.

Unusual for a slow month as volatility should be the rule, the Top 5 best-selling models are identical to the year-to-date ranking with the Ford Fiesta taking the highest honours thanks to sales up a mammoth 42% on August 2013, followed by the Ford Focus (+23%), Vauxhall Corsa (+13%), VW Golf (+6%) and Vauxhall Astra (-16%). The Audi A3 advances to 6th place, the Fiat 500 remains #8 and the Vauxhall Insignia reappears inside the Top 10 at #9.

MG 6 UK August 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukMG is up 485% in August, however to just 72 sales.

Brand-wise, boosted by the great performances of its best-sellers Fiesta and Focus, leader Ford is up a very impressive 26% year-on-year to 15.6% share, a full two percentage points above its year-to-date level, Audi is up 32% in 4th place to be contrasted with BMW down 19% at #5 and Mercedes up an honest 13% at #6. Skoda shines at +39% just outside the Top 10 and overtakes Kia year-to-date to now rank #12, Renault is up a spectacular 72%, Volvo up 29%, Mitsubishi up 164%, Jeep up 329%, MG up 485% and Maserati up 124%. Finally, notice Chevrolet selling not a single car this month.

Previous month: UK July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best-ever #5, Mini back in Top 10

One year ago: UK August 2013: BMW 1 Series #6, Vauxhall Insignia back in Top 10

Full August 2014 Top 10 models and Top 40 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK July 2014: Nissan Qashqai hits best-ever #5, Mini back in Top10

August 6th, 2014 4 comments

Nissan Qashqai UK July 2014Nissan Qashqai

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29th consecutive month of year-on-year growth for the UK market, a record uninterrupted positive streak that keeps impressing all analysts, me included. July is up 7% to 172,907 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,460,172 registrations (+10%) and prompting the SMMT to revise their Full Year 2014 projection from 2.4 to 2.45 million units, up 8% on 2013. If this figure is indeed reached, it would be the best annual volume in the UK since 2004 and the 5th best year ever in the history of automobile in the country below 2003 (2,579,050), 2004 (2,567,269), 2002 (2,563,631) and 2001 (2,458,769)… Keeping in mind these organisations’ projections always err on the conservative side, we can reasonably expect 2014 to end up above 2001 and rank 4th overall.

Mini UK July 2014The Mini is among UK’s Top 10 best-sellers for the first time in 19 months.

In this euphoric context, the Ford Fiesta continues its march on top in spite of sales down 3% year-on-year, ahead of the Ford Focus (-17%), Vauxhall Corsa (+10%) and VW Golf (-1%) like in the year-to-date ranking. Boosted by the new model, the Nissan Qashqai breaks into the monthly UK Top 5 for only the 4th time in the history of the locally-produced nameplate after June 2010July 2010 and January 2013 at 4,729 units and 2.7% (+10%). The Vauxhall Astra is down a harsh 31%, the Audi A3 is up 3 spots on June to a cool #7, the Fiat 500 remains at #8 and the Mini is back in the Top 10 for the first time since December 2012 thanks to the new generation with 2,384 sales and 1.4%.

Skoda Octavia UK July 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frSkoda jumps 54% year-on-year to #8 brand overall.

Brand-wise, Ford (-8%), Vauxhall (+3%) and Volkswagen (stable) lead but lose share, while below Audi (+12%), Nissan (+14%), BMW (+19%), Mercedes (+10%) and Skoda (+54%) all deliver outstanding year-on-year gains. Seat is up 42% to #15, Renault continues its recovery at +76% in 16th place, Volvo is up 32% to #20, Mitsubishi up 197% to #25, Jeep up 109% to #30, MG up 652% to #31, Maserati up 705% to #33 and Infiniti up 368% to #34.

Previous month: UK June 2014: Vauxhall Insignia up to #7 in market up another 6%

One year ago: UK July 2013: Vauxhall Astra up to #3, Nissan Juke #9

Full July 2014 Top 10 models and Top 42 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

July 5th, 2014 11 comments

Vauxhall Insignia UK June 2014Vauxhall Insignia

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The UK new car market continues on its irresistible run: up another 6% year-on-year in June to 228,291 registrations. This marks 28 consecutive months of year-on-year gain, the longest growth period ever in the UK. The year-to-date total is up 11% on 2013 halfway through the year at 1,287,265 units, the best 1st half total since 2005. The UK market is on track to achieve 2.4 million units over the Full Year 2014, which would here too be the best result since 2005. Brand-wise, the best performers atop the ranking are Vauxhall (+14%), Nissan (+28%), Mercedes (+17%), Fiat (+13%), Renault (+51%), Seat (+15%) and Volvo (+25%).

Renault Captur UK June 2014Renault sales are up 51% year-on-year in the UK in June, partly thanks to the Captur

The models ranking is relatively stable this month with the Ford Fiesta in charge once again in spite of sales down 1% to 11,213 units and 4.9% share, as interestingly the only vehicle in the Top 5 to gain ground year-on-year is the VW Golf up 11% to #4. The Vauxhall Corsa is down 10% at #2, the Ford Focus down 19% at #3 and the Vauxhall Astra down 12% at #5. Reversely the Nissan Qashqai is up 19% to #6, the Vauxhall Insignia is brilliantly back inside the Top 10 at #7, its best monthly ranking since last December, the Fiat 500 is up to #8 and the Audi A3 takes advantage of a very feeble month from the VW Polo to ascend to #7 year-to-date.

Previous month: UK May 2014: Vauxhall Mokka breaks into Top 10 for the first time

One year ago: UK June 2013: 2 BMWs in Top 8, private sales up 21%!

Full June 2014 Top 10 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

June 5th, 2014 11 comments

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

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New car sales in the UK are up a beautiful 8% year-on-year in May to 194,032 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,058,974 units, up an amazing 12% on 2013. This marks the 27th consecutive month of year-on-year gain for the UK market – a new record since sales data capture started in 1959! The previous record was 25 years old (May 1987-June 1989)… Rare big event this month: a new nameplate breaks into the Top 10 for the very firs time: the Vauxhall Mokka ranks 10th with 2,801 sales and 1.4%. The last time a new nameplate broke into the UK Top 10 was in January 2013 with the Nissan Juke, and before that in September 2012 with the Peugeot 208.

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VW Golf UK May 2014The VW Golf is up 36% to hit its highest ranking in over 3 years.

Below the Ford Fiesta regular on top at 9,450 sales and 4.9% share, the second big event of the month in the UK is the 2nd place of the VW Golf at 7,134 units and 3.7%, up a whopping 36% year-on-year and reaching its best ranking in the country since February 2011 when it amazingly topped the overall sales charts. The Vauxhall Corsa is up one spot on last month to #3 while the Ford Focus is down two to #4 as is the Audi A3 to #7 (but up 27% on May 2013).

MG3 UK May 2014. Picture courtesy of autoexpress.co.ukIs the MG revival finally here? UK MG sales are up 1754% year-on-year in May.

Brand-wise, the entire Top 9 best-sellers are identical to April and year-to-date but show varied year-on-year evolutions: Ford is down 9%, Vauxhall up 5%, Volkswagen up a stunning 17%, Audi up 10%, Nissan up 12%, and Mercedes and Toyota both up an even more impressive 21%. Further down, Skoda gains 16% to rank 11th like last month vs. #13 year-to-date, Renault is up a huge 51% at #15, Volvo up 35% to #20, Dacia up 92% to #23, Mitsubishi up 57% to #25, Lexus up 36% to #26, Jeep up 231% to #30 and MG up 1754% to #32. Reversely, Chrysler is down 55% and Chevrolet down 93%.

Previous month: UK April 2014: Audi A3 up to all-time high 5th place

One year ago: UK May 2013: Private sales above pre-recession 2007 levels

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

May 7th, 2014 29 comments

Audi A3 UK April 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe sedan variant boosts the Audi A3 to unheard-of heights in the UK.

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The UK market shows no sign of decelerating, delivering an astounding 26th consecutive month of year-on-year growth at +8% in April to 176,820 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 864,942 units, up a massive 12.5% on 2013. Brand-wise, below Ford in great shape at +17%, Vauxhall (-3%) feels the heat from Volkswagen (+3%) at 17,052 sales vs. 16,590. German premium brands are on fire once again: at #4 Audi is up 20% to a huge 7.3% market share thanks to 12,958 sales, BMW follows at +18% to 10,484 units and Mercedes ranks 7th at +14% and 8,736 sales. Other great gainers in the UK in April include Skoda (+20%), Land Rover (+26%), Suzuki (+30%), Lexus (+36%), MG (+1600%!) and Maserati (+665%).

BMW 3 Series UK April 2014BMW sales are up 18% this month in the UK.

In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta kicks goals at +27% year-on-year to 10,250 units, followed by the Ford Focus (+14%) and the VW Golf up one spot on March to third position, passing the Vauxhall Corsa. But the big event this month is the Audi A3, potentially boosted by the new sedan, reaching its highest ranking in the UK in the nameplate’s 17 year career: #5 with 3,754 sales and 2.1%, beating the #6 spot it reached back in January 2009. It was close though: the A3 is only one unit above the Nissan Qashqai at #6! Notice also the Nissan Juke back inside the Top 10 at #9 and the Fiat 500 holding up very well at #10.

Previous month: UK March 2014: Market up 18% to 2nd best monthly volume ever

One year ago: UK April 2013: Fiat 500 up to highest ever 8th place

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

April 4th, 2014 9 comments

VW Golf UK March 2014The VW Golf is up 32% in March to a record 13,032 sales.

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The UK new car market continues to astound and for the changeover month to new 14-plates, it delivers the highest sales figure in 10 years and the 2nd strongest monthly volume ever at 464,824 registrations, up 18% year-on-year. According to SMMT, this is the 2nd best score since the UK moved to a twice-yearly plate change in 1999 – and ever – below the 466,954 vehicles sold in March 2004. Keep in mind March is typically the biggest month of the year for registrations, accounting for almost 1/5th of the Full Year total. This marks the 25th consecutive month of year-on-year growth for the UK market, adding up to 688,122 units so far in 2014, up 14%.

Renault Clio UK March 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frRenault Clio

In the brands ranking, Ford (+15%), Vauxhall (+19%), Volkswagen (+17%) and Audi (+13%) all evolve solidly and roughly in line with the market, while BMW and Nissan are a notch above, both up 24% to 5th and 6th place respectively. Mercedes is also strong at #7 (+19%). But the big brand event  this month is the return of Renault under the spotlight: the French manufacturer more than doubles its sales year-on-year at +113% to 13,805 units and ranks 13th vs. 18th over the Full Year 2013. Its year-to-date sales are now up 80% on 2014… Let’s also salute Skoda up 33%, Fiat up 27%, Seat up 38%, Mazda up 41% and Dacia up 201% on March 2013 which was its third month of sales in the country.

Nissan Qashqai UK March 2014Can’t get a better start for the new gen Nissan Qashqai: all-time monthly record at 8,858 sales.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta is unflappable in pole position with a record 25,753 sales up 13% year-on-year and beating its previous best of 23,681 units hit in March 2010. It is followed by the Ford Focus at 16,860 units (+9%) and the Vauxhall Corsa stable at 16,231 sales. The VW Golf is up one spot on February to climb to 4th place and with sales up a massive 32% year-on-year to 13,032 it lodges the nameplate’s best ever monthly volume in the country (previous best: 12,724 in March 2007). Unsurprisingly with this month’s strong sales, a few more models beat their all-time monthly volume record inside the Top 10: the Nissan Qashqai is up 5% year-on-year to an all-time high 8,858 units at #6, the Fiat 500 is up to a record 8,136 sales at #8 and the Toyota Yaris up to a best-ever 7,418 units at #10.

Previous month: UK February 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #7

One year ago: UK March 2013: Ford Fiesta reclaims top spot

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UK February 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #7

March 6th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes C Class UK February 20142014 Mercedes C-Class

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The UK new car market is up 3% year-on-year in February to 68,736 registrations, marking 24 consecutive months of year-on-year gains! The year-to-date total now stands at 223,298 units, up 6% on 2013. No surprise in the models sales charts: the Ford Fiesta continues to be the favourite choice of UK consumers thanks to sales up 21% on February 2013 to 4,415 units and 6.3% share. It is followed this month by the Vauxhall Corsa (-2%) and Astra (+24%), passing the Ford Focus and VW Golf, both down a harsh 33% year-on-year.

Audi A3 UK February 2014Audi A3

The VW Polo is down one spot on January to a still very satisfying 6th place, also the rank it holds year-to-date vs. #8 in 2013. The big event this month is the return of the Mercedes C-Class among the 10 best-selling models in the UK for the first time since March 2013, up to a fantastic 7th place with 1,231 sales and 1.8% share (its best ranking here since September 2012), due to the current generation now in full runout mode before the arrival of the 2014 model pictured above. The Vauxhall Insignia is also back inside the Top 10 at #8 while the Audi A3 is down two spots to #9.

MG3 UK February 2014MG3. MG sales are up 422% in February…

Brand-wise, below the traditional trio Ford (-1%), Vauxhall (+4%) and Volkswagen (-16%), Audi is up a gigantic 41% year-on-year in 4th place, Citroen is up 10% to #9, Toyota up 19% to #11, Skoda up a fantastic 33% to #12, Fiat up 20% to #15 and Mazda up 32% to #17. Dacia is up 465% so far in 2014, keeping in mind the brand launched here in January 2013. Could MG finally be kick starting again? The Chinese-owned English brand is up 422% in February and 363% year-to-date…

Previous month: UK January 2014: Two Volkswagens in Top 5, Audi A3 up to #7

One year ago: UK February 2013: Ford Focus #1, Nissan Juke in Top 10 again

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UK January 2014: Two Volkswagens in Top 5, Audi A3 up to #7

February 7th, 2014 3 comments

Audi A3 UK January 2014Audi A3

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No respite for the UK new car market, up year-on-year for the 23rd month in a row at +8% in January to 154,562 registrations, lifted by private sales up a huge 17% on January 2013… Brand-wise, Ford is back in control with 21,792 sales (11%) and the big event this month is the astonishing performance of Volkswagen, up 25% on January 2013 and teasing Vauxhall for 2nd place overall at 14,436 units vs. 14,892. In fact, for the first time in history, Volkswagen places two models inside the monthly UK Top 5 this month: the Golf is up 32% year-on-year to #4 and the Polo up 34% to #5, both passing the Vauxhall Astra.

VW Golf UK January 2014VW Golf

In the models ranking, the podium is unchanged on the FY2013 ranking with the Ford Fiesta in the lead ahead of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa. Potentially boosted by the arrival of the sedan variant, the Audi A3 shoots up to #7 this month thanks to 3,130 sales and 2% share. This is the A3’s highest ranking in the UK since August 2012 (#7) and its second-best ever ranking below the #6 it reached in January 2009. Finally the Nissan Juke is back in the Top 10 for the 6th time in the last 13 months and ever as is the Fiat 500 at #10.

Previous post: UK Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta marks 10 years at #1

Previous month: UK December 2013: Vauxhall Insignia remains #6 in market up 24%

One year ago: UK January 2013: Nissan Juke in Top 10 for the first time

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