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UK December 2013: Vauxhall Insigna remains #6, market up 24%

January 7th, 2014 2 comments

Vauxhall Insignia UK December 2013Vauxhall Insignia

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Topping off a bumper of a year in the UK, new car sales are up a massive 24% year-on-year in December to 152,918 registrations, marking the 22nd consecutive month of year-on-year growth and bringing the final 2013 total to 2,264,737 units, up a fantastic 11% on 2012. In this euphoric context, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-seller in the country by far with 8,512 sales and 5.6%, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa back up 2 spots to #2 at 6,414 units and 4.2% and the Ford Focus down one to #3 with 5,559 sales and 3.6%. The Vauxhall Astra (#4) and VW Golf (#5) are back to their full year levels, while the Vauxhall Insignia confirms the 6th spot its held last month thanks to 3,956 sales and 2.6%, a level it had not reached in the past two years.

Renault Captur UK December 2013Renault is back among the Top 10 most popular brands this month vs. #18 in 2013 overall.

The VW Polo (#8) and BMW 1 Series (#9) are back inside the Top 10, whereas the Peugeot 208 stays out but hangs onto its 10th spot in the full year. Brand-wise, December is definitely a month to cherish for Vauxhall: it brilliantly takes the lead for the first time since December 2012, passing Ford thanks to sales up 31% to 21,302. Volkswagen is up a huge 42% but remains third, while Audis is up 55% in 5th place below BMW, Peugeot is up 31%, Renault up 44% to #9 vs. #18 in the full year and Skoda up 65%… Dacia stays #22 in-between Suzuki and Mazda and passes Jaguar over the full year to rank #24 for its very first year of sales in the UK. A very fine achievement indeed.

Previous month: UK November 2013: Vauxhall Insignia at highest in two years

Previous year: UK December 2012: Ford Focus #1, BMW 1 Series up to record #5!

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UK November 2013: Vauxhall Insignia at highest in two years

December 19th, 2013 21 comments

Vauxhall Insignia UK November 2013Vauxhall Insignia

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Euphoric times continue in the UK with sales up year-on-year for the 21st month in a row at +7% to 159,581, the highest November score since 2004 and bringing the year-to-date total to 2,111,819 units, up 10% on 2012 and already higher than the Full Year 2012 result (2,044,609)! The Ford Fiesta and Focus hold the Top 2 spots as is the case year-to-date, while the Vauxhall Astra is up two spots on last month to climb onto the podium for the third time in the last 5 months. The Vauxhall Insignia enjoys the effects of its facelift, also up 2 ranks to #6 with 3,175 sales and 2% share, its highest ranking in the country since December 2011.

Fiat 500 UK November 2013Fiat 500

Further down, the Fiat 500 is up one spot on October to #8 with 3,024 units and 1.9%, its highest ever monthly ranking and market share in the country, also reached last April. The Nissan Juke delivers its 5th month inside the UK Top 10 this year (and ever) at #10 with 2,851 units and 1.8% but is still outside the year-to-date Top 10. Brand-wise, BMW passes Audi to rank #4, Mercedes is up 18% year-on-year to #7, Skoda up 35% to #9, Renault finally turning the corner and up 39% to #14, Fiat up 53% to #15, Seat up 23% to #18, Suzuki up 58% to #21 and Dacia finding itself a place in the sun at #22 just above Mazda.

Previous month: UK October 2013: Nissan Juke up to all-time high #7

One year ago: UK November 2012: Ford Focus edges past Fiesta for pole position

Full November 2013 Top 10 models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

November 6th, 2013 32 comments

Nissan Juke UK October 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frLocally produced Nissan Juke hits its best-ever ranking in the UK this month.

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The UK new car market celebrates 20 consecutive months of year-on-year growth in October, up 4% to 157,314 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 1,952,238 units, up a wonderful 10% on 2012. This is nothing less than a breath-taking performance in the current depressed European context. The top of the ranking is relatively expected, with the Ford Fiesta leading the way at a strong 5.5% share, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa at 3.3%, Ford Focus at 3.2%, VW Golf at 2.9% and Vauxhall Astra at 2.8%.

Vauxhall Insignia UK October 2013Vauxhall Insignia

The second part of the October UK Top 10 is a little more agitated: the Nissan Qashqai jumps up 3 ranks on last month to reclaim the 6th spot it holds year-to-date, and for the first time in history in the UK Nissan manages to place two locally produced models inside the monthly Top 7, with the Juke hitting its all-time high ranking this month at #7 with 2,997 sales and 1.9%, also its highest ever market share. This the 4th ever time the Juke breaks into the UK Top 10, all of them this year, after January (#9), February (#10) and July (#9).

Fiat 500 UK October 2013Fiat 500

Boosted by its facelift, the Vauxhall Insignia also makes its come back at this level, up to #8 with 2,719 units and 1.7% share, its best ranking in the country since February 2012. The Fiat 500 for its part gains one further spot on September to #9 with 2,672 sales and 1.7% share, its 4th time inside the UK monthly Top 10 in the last 7 months. Brand-wise, notice Audi and Nissan up 16%, Mercedes up 28%, Skoda up 19%, Mazda and Suzuki both up 47%, Lexus up 43% and Dacia up to #22.

Previous month: UK September 2013: BMW 1 Series hits record in euphoric market

One year ago:  UK October 2012: BMW 1 Series up to best-ever #8

Full October 2013 Top 10 models and Top 40 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

October 5th, 2013 30 comments

BMW 1 Series UK September 2013BMW 1 Series

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The great health of the UK new car market is starting to look a little indecent compared to the hell Continental Europe is going through at the moment: 19th consecutive month of year-on-year increase at +12% to 403,136 registrations, the highest monthly volume in the country since March 2008 (66 months). Even better: private sales are up a huge 18% year-on-year… March and September are new license plate months and traditionally by far the strongest of the year. Below the Ford Fiesta at 5.1%, the Vauxhall Corsa is up 3 spots on August to #2 and 3.6% share, still below its year-to-date level.

BMW 3 Series UK August 2013BMW 3 Series

The big news this month is the outstanding result of BMW: the 1 Series smashes its monthly volume record at 10,084 sales and 2.5% share, up 44% on its previous best of 7,001 reached last March. It ranks 6th for the 2nd month running and the third time ever, its best ranking in the UK. It is the strongest volume hit by a BMW since the 10,317 the 3 Series sold back in March 2008. Talking about the 3 Series, it is up one spot on August to #7 and 8,309 sales, its best volume in over 5 years, since that March 2008 mentioned above. All this means both BMWs climb up one spot in the year-to-date ranking to #8 and #7 respectively.

Skoda Rapid UK September 2013UK Skoda sales are up 39% year-on-year in September.

Finally, notice also the Fiat 500 back inside the Top 10 for the third time in the last 6 months at #10. In the brands ranking, all premium German brands are going gangbusters: BMW is up 22% to #4, Audi up 16% to #5 and Mercedes up 28% to #6! Fiat is up 29% to #11, Skoda up a huge 39% to #16, Renault finally up 26% to #18 after years of decline, Mazda up 45% to #20, Lexus up 31% to #26 and Mitsubishi up 87% to #27. Dacia consolidates its place within the Top 25 brands in the country at #24 with 2,759 sales, the brand’s strongest monthly result so far.

Previous month: UK August 2013: BMW 1 Series #6, Vauxhall Insignia back in Top 10

One year ago: UK September 2012: Mercedes C-Class at #6, Peugeot 208 in Top 10

Full September 2013 Top 10 models and Top 45 All-brands Ranking tables below.

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UK LCV August 2013: Ford Transit and Vauxhall Vivaro on top

September 30th, 2013 No comments

Ford Transit UK August 2013Ford Transit

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Very rare data for you today, thanks to the hard work for Rutger: a Top 10 ranking by model for Light Commercial Vehicles in the UK. The last (and only!) time I published that type of data was for the Full Year 2011! Over the first 8 months of 2013, sales of LCV in the UK are up 9% year-on-year to 161,938 registrations. There’s no surprises atop the models ranking: the Ford Transit is on track to deliver its 49th consecutive year in pole position: it is by far the most popular LCV in the country with 27,867 sales and 11% share, more than double the #2: the Vauxhall Vivaro at 11,043 units and 4.4%. The VW Transporter and Mercedes Sprinter exchange their positions compared to 2011, now #3 and #4 respectively. The Ford Transit Custom makes its first appearance at #8 while the Toyota Hilux (#9) and Fiat Doblo (#10) break into the Top 10.

Previous UK LCV brands post: UK LCV 6 months 2013: Great Wall not taking off (yet?)

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Full 8 months 2013 Top 10 LCV models Ranking Table below.

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UK August 2013: BMW 1 Series #6, Vauxhall Insignia back in Top10

September 5th, 2013 12 comments

Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer UK August 2013Vauxhall Insignia

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The good news continue for the UK new car market: it lodges its 18th consecutive month of year-on-year gain at +11% in August to 65,937 registrations, pushed by private sales up 15%. The year-to-date total now stands at 1,391,788 units, up 10% on 2012. Lower sales usually means a more volatile models ranking, and we have just that this month in the UK. While the Ford Fiesta keeps a tight hold on its pole position thanks to 3,289 sales and 5%, the Vauxhall Astra is up to #2 for the first time since last December at 2,428 units and 3.7% and the VW Golf is back on the podium at #3 for the first time in 18 months (since February 2012) with 2,233 sales and 3.4%.

BMW 1 Series UK August 2013. Picture courtesy of whatcar.comBMW 1 Series

The BMW 1 Series is back inside the Top 10 for the 6th time in the last 12 months in 6th place at 1,927 units and 2.9%, its highest ranking in the UK so far this year, and potentially its strongest market share ever in the country! The other hero of the month is the Vauxhall Insignia, back within the Top 10 best-sellers for the first time since July 2012 at #10 with 1,147 sales and 1.7%.

Previous month: UK July 2013: Vauxhall Astra up to #3, Nissan Juke #9

One year ago: UK August 2012: Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series in olympic form

Full August 2013 Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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

August 7th, 2013 5 comments

Vauxhall Astra UK July 2013The Vauxhall Astra jumps onto the UK podium this month.

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The UK new car market brilliantly posts a 17th consecutive month of year-on-year gain in July at +13% to 162,228 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,325,851 units, up 10% on 2012. The Ford Fiesta keeps the lead with 9,089 sales and 5.6% ahead of the Ford Focus at 7,229 units and 4.5% but the good surprise of the month is the landing in third place of the Vauxhall Astra for the first time since January thanks to 6,165 sales and 3.8%, ahead of the VW Golf and Vauxhall Corsa.

Nissan Juke UK July 2013Nissan Juke

The Nissan Qashqai is back up 3 spots on June to #6 which is also its year-to-date ranking, and we welcome back two models inside the UK Top 10 this month: the Nissan Juke does so for the third time ever after last January and February and equals its highest ever ranking at #9 with 2,943 sales and 1.8% while the Fiat 500 is among the 10 most popular cars in the country for the 5th time in the last 15 months after April 2012 (#10), May 2012 (#10), June 2012 (#10) and April 2013 (#8) and the 8th time overall after October 2009 (#10), December 2009 (#9) and January 2010.

Previous post: UK 6 months 2013: Peugeot 208 and BMW 1 Series break into Top 10

Previous month: UK June 2013: 2 BMWs in Top 8, private sales up 21%!

One year ago: UK July 2012: Mercedes C-Class hits highest ranking ever

Full July 2013 Top 10 models and Top 46 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK 6 months 2013: Peugeot 208 & BMW 1 Series break into Top 10

July 29th, 2013 15 comments

Peugeot 208 UK January 2013. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusPeugeot 208

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The UK new car market is one of the worldwide big surprises this year: contrasting with continental Europe stuck in recession, sales in the UK are up a fantastic 10% year-on-year halfway through 2013 to 1,163,623 registrations. This is the biggest gain in the world’s Top 10 car markets, and even more impressively, this figure is pulled up by private sales which means that the recovery is ‘genuine’ and not boosted by fleet sales. Hopefully I will be able to share with you an all-models ranking for the UK soon as it has been the case every Quarter for the last couple of years, but for now let’s look at the available figures: the Top 10.

Ford Fiesta UK 2013The Ford Fiesta is on track to lodge its 10th year atop the UK rankings.

No surprise in pole position: the Ford Fiesta is on track to lodge its 5th consecutive year atop the UK sales charts and its 10th in total after 1990, 19911996 to 1998 and 2009 to 2012, which would place the Fiesta nameplate equal with the Ford Cortina and Focus and second to just the Escort (12 years). It sells 63,040 units over the period, up 6% year-on-year for a 5.4% share vs. 5.6% one year ago. Thanks to the new model now in full gear and sales up 9% to 47,675, the Ford Focus reclaims the #2 spot from the Vauxhall Corsa, down 2% to 46,147.

Vauxhall Astra UK June 2013The Vauxhall Astra is up 11% so far in 2013.

Interestingly, as the model has failed to convince consumers in Germany notably, the Vauxhall Astra is up a shiny 11% this year to 33,731 sales and 2.9%, passing the VW Golf down 7% to 32,131. The Nissan Qashqai will decidedly not stop impressing: while it is about to get facelifted, it is up 16% year-on-year to 27,112 sales but remains 6th, still the highest annual ranking by a Japanese model if it holds until the end of the year. We welcome two newcomers in the Top 10: the Peugeot 208, launched roughly at the same time last year, is up 1491% to #9 at 20,815 units and 1.8% while the BMW 1 Series is up a magnificent 30% to #10 with 20,007 sales.

Previous post: UK June 2013: 2 BMWs in Top 8, private sales up 21%!

One year ago: UK 6 months 2012: Discover the Top 347 All-models ranking!

Full 6 months 2013 Top 10 models and Top 44 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK Light Commercial Vehicles 6 months 2013: Great Wall not taking off (yet?)

July 14th, 2013 5 comments

Great Wall Steed UK June 2013. Picture courtesy of carproductstested.comThe Great Wall Steed is not making big waves yet in the UK market.

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Quick update on the UK Light Commercial Vehicle market, in as great a shape as the Passenger Cars one: up 11% year-on-year over the first 6 months of 2013 to 133,177 registrations. Only a brands ranking is available for now. Ford unsurprisingly continues to lead the market by very far with 34,462 sales and just under 26% share, with the Transit almost certainly on top of the models charts. Volkswagen impresses at +23% and stays #2 at 18,624 units and 14%, followed by Vauxhall like in 2012 with 15,139 sales, up 14%. Citroen gains 2 spots compared to one year ago at #4 with sales up 21% to  11,294, ahead of Mercedes (+10%), Peugeot (-4%) and Fiat, up a fantastic 67% year-on-year.

Fiat Qubo UK June 2013Fiat LCV sales are up 67% year-on-year in the UK.

But one of the main reasons for this update is to follow to progression of Chinese manufacturer Great Wall, which launched in the country in early 2012 with the Steed pick-up. Well the figures are still very small: 362 sales halfway through 2013, that’s twice as much as over the same period last year but only 0.27% market share and #15 brand as in the Full Year 2012. June sales are slightly better at 91 units and 0.39% (+122%) but there is a long way to even the #14 brand, Iveco, which has sold nearly 5 times as many vehicles… As with the Chinese MG models, it looks like Great Wall is having a very difficult time cracking the mature market that is the UK…

Previous UK post: UK June 2013: 2 BMWs in Top 8, private sales up 21%!

Previous UK LCV post: UK Light Commercial Vehicles Full Year 2012: Great Wall #15

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

July 5th, 2013 4 comments

BMW 1 Series UK June 2013. Picture courtesy of news.com.auBMW 1 Series

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In a European context getting more depressed each month, the good health of the UK new car market is starting to look a little insolent: June marks the 16th consecutive month of year-on-year gain at +13% to 214,957 registrations, meaning UK sales are up 10% on 2012 halfway through the year at 1,163,623 units. Even better: sales to private buyers are up a whopping 21% on June 2012 at 96,931 units! Very stable models ranking, with the entire Top 5 identical to the year-to-date ranking: the Ford Fiesta leads the way ahead of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Corsa, Astra and VW Golf.

Dacia Sandero UK June 2013. Picture courtesy of autoexpress.co.ukLaunched in January, Dacia continues to progress in the UK.

BMW excels this month in the UK: it is back up to #4 brand above Audi and below just Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. The BMW 3 Series manages to rank within the Top 10 for the 2nd time this year and the 5th time in the last 12 months at #6 with 5,432 sales and 2.5%, while its little sister the BMW 1 Series makes its 6th appearance in the monthly Top 10 in the last 12 months at #8 with 4,687 sales and 2.2%, and now ranks #10 year-to-date at 20,007 units and 1.7%. Finally, notice Renault finally up 34% to #18 and Dacia passing Chevrolet and Jaguar to now rank #23 brand with 1,829 sales.

Previous month: UK May 2013: Private sales above pre-recession 2007 levels

One year ago: UK June 2012: Fiat 500 in Top 10 for third month in a row

Full June 2013 Top 10 models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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