UK April 2016: Volkswagen above Vauxhall, Kia Sportage in Top 10 again

Kia Sportage UK April 2016Kia Sportage

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UK new car sales markedly slow down their growth in April at just +2% to 189.505 registrations, still the best April score in over a decade – since 2003 when 194.312 new cars were registered. This means the year-to-date total is now up 4% to 961.285 units. Below Ford down 7% to 23.311 sales and 12.3% share, as it was also the case a year ago Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall despite sales down 10% to 16.877 and 8.9% vs. 16.037 and 8.5% (-3%). In 4th place, Audi reaches an outstanding 7.2% share ahead of Mercedes (+20%), BMW (+1%), Nissan (+2%) and Hyundai (+8%). Kia (+12%), Land Rover (+17%), Renault (+26%) and Honda (+36%) are the other double-digit gainers inside the Top 20. Below, Jaguar (+109%), Suzuki (+27%), Jeep (+115%), Infiniti (+91%) and Bentley (+89%) also shine.

April UK registrations 2000-2016 (Source: SMMT):

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Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-seller in the country despite sales down a harsh 23% to 7.913. In fact, five of the top 7 best-sellers are down this month, with the Ford Focus (-12%), VW Polo (-13%) and Vauxhall Corsa (-18%) suffering the most. Keeping their head above the water are the VW Golf (+5%) up to a stunning 2nd place overall and the Vauxhall Astra up 14% to #5 thanks to the new model. The event in the Top 10 is however the return of the Kia Sportage: at #9 with 3.167 sales, it’s the nameplate’s 2nd incursion among UK’s ten favourites after last February (#9 also) and after ranking #12 in record-high March. The new generation clearly has hit a nerve with UK consumers. This 2nd stint inside the Top 10 makes the Sportage only the 2nd Koran models to ever rank inside the monthly UK Top 10 more than once along with the Hyundai i10 (six times between July 2009 and December 2011, peaking at #3 in August 2009).

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Land-Rover-Discovery-Sport-Range Rover-EvoqueTotal success: the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque push Land Rover in the Top 10.

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As per the BSCB tradition, after the traditional All-brands ranking and Top 10 models, we can now access more UK models detail for March. The Vauxhall Mokka misses out on a Top 10 ranking for 105 sales at #11, followed by the Kia Sportage very strong again at #12, the Toyota Yaris (+38 spots on February) and Mercedes A-Class. In the luxury SUV aisle, the Range Rover Evoque is up 40 ranks to #20 and the Land Rover Discovery Sport up 47 to #21, both delivery outstanding results and justifying Land Rover’s arrival in the UK Top 10 brands. Renault places the Captur at #22, the Clio at #23 and the Kadjar at #42. The Vauxhall Viva is up 37 spots on last month to #28, the BMW 4 Series up 23 to #29 but the Hyundai Tucson falls 14 to #33.

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UK March 2016: First half-million sales month this century

BMW X1 UK March 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukBMW UK sales are up 21% in March to 32.470. 

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With volumes up 5% year-on-year to an outstanding 518.707 registrations, the UK new car market marks only its third ever time above half a million monthly units, and the first time since the bi-annual plate change took place in 1999. The year-to-date total is up 5% to 771.780 units for the first Quarter. Private sales lag behind the market with a 4% increase to 262.215 units and 50.6% share vs. 51.3% a year ago, while fleet are up 6% to 232.729 and 44.9% and business sales up 15% to 23.763. Ford keeps the lead despite sales down 5% to 60.349, above Vauxhall (+7%) and Volkswagen down just one sale on March 2015. BMW is galloping towards the top of the sales charts with volumes up 21% to 32.470 and maintaining its luxury lead over Audi at 30.483 (+5%) and Mercedes a 30.243 (+14%).

UK March registrations SMMT

Jaguar XF Audi A6 UK March 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukJaguar sales are up 45% in March. Picture autoexpress.co.uk 

Further down, Land Rover is up a splendid 18% to historically break into the Top 10 at #10 with 18.234 sales, detaching such mass manufacturers as Renault (+13%), Hyundai (+2%), Kia (+8%), Citroen or Fiat. Jaguar (+45%), Lexus (+27%), Smart (+88%), Ssangyong (+115%) and Infiniti (+156%) shine. Model-wise, the whopper sales figures pull the ranking back to a more familiar look, with the Top 7 best-sellers now in the same order as in FY2015: the Fiesta (-13%), Corsa (-10%) and Focus (-9%) are in front despite significant drops, followed by the VW Golf (+10%), Nissan Qashqai (-7%), VW Polo (+2%) and Vauxhall Astra, up just 3% in spite of the arrival of the new generation. Fleet favourites, the Mini and Fiat 500 reapear inside the Top 10 whereas the Vauxhall Mokka drops out but holds onto a #10 ranking year-to-date.

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UK February 2016: Discover the Top 135 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Renault Kadjar Northern Ireland February 2016The Kadjar is already Renault’s best-seller in the UK.

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After the traditional UK Top 10, we now have access to a lot more models ranking detail for February: up to the Top 135 this month. The main event in the Top 10 was the very first appearance of the Kia Sportage among the country’s favourites, but there is also a lot of movement below. We already got a sense of these models performing particularly well in our UK nations February update: the Mercedes A-Class a #11, the BMW 1 Series at #12 and Hyundai Tucson at #19. The BMW 2 Series (#21), Citroen C4 Picasso (#23), Skoda Fabia (#27), Ford C-Max (#33) and Ka (#34) and DS 3 (#37) are also strong, while the Renault Kadjar shoots up from #73 in January to #39 this month, boosted by a 5th place in Northern Ireland and becoming the French manufacturer’s best-seller in the country above the Captur (#56).

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4th BSCB feature in Auto Express, Britain’s biggest selling car weekly

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After The best-selling cars you’ve never heard of, China on the march and a piece on the re-export phenomenon in the European Union, I have now written a fourth feature in Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine, Auto Express. In this week’s issue on sale today Wednesday 30th March, I go through 50 years worth of best-sellers in the UK, drawing on the historical data available on BSCB.

This three-page Inside Story titled “Chart hits of the past 50 years” features BSCB with the usual signature this time focusing on the historical database but also in the intro of the article: “A look back through the history books flags up some great recovery stories, as well as some fallen heroes – once great names in the business now consigned to the scrapyard. With the help of BestSellingCarsBlog, Auto Express has tracked the past 50 years, taking snapshots of annual UK new car sales every decade to chronicle a period of enormous change.”

I mixed car sales data up with the royal, political, musical and sports news most relevant for each year in order to make this a real trip down memory lane! The Austin/Morris 1100, Ford Cortina, Austin Allegro, Maestro, BMC Mini, Datsun Sunny, Rover 100, Ford Escort and many more are featured. If you live in the UK, go get yourself a copy: it in on sale until next Tuesday 4th April. You can also buy it online here.

UK: Nameplates Records now updated with 2015 data

The Ford Cortina sold 193,784 units in 1979, a volume record for the UK

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We can share with you an updated ranking exclusive to BSCB: the best-selling nameplates in the country, ranked by their volume record year and covering the past 50 years since records began. Since 1965, 15 nameplates have sold upwards of 100,000 annual units at least once, with only one foreign model among them: the Peugeot 206.

Peugeot 206

The Ford Cortina holds the record for the highest volume delivered in a single year in the UK with 193,784 units sold in 1979. The Ford Escort follows at 181,218 in 1989 and the Ford Sierra rounds up the podium at 175,911 also in 1989, making it the highest-selling model that never managed to be #1… The Austin Morris 1100, Ford Fiesta and Focus are the only other nameplates to have crossed the 150,000 annual sales mark.

Austin Metro

Vauxhall’s highest seller is the Cavalier with 138,357 units in 1990, while the Austin Metro peaked at 137,303 sales in 1983. Notice the Morris Marina at #11 thanks to 114,600 units sold in 1973 and the Ford Anglia at #18 with 84,589 sales in 1965.

Peugeot 306

The Top 2 foreign models volume records were delivered in 2002: the Peugeot 206 at a seemingly unbeatable 101,019 units, which earned it a record 4th place, the highest annual ranking ever reached by a foreign model in the UK. The Renault Clio comes in 2nd at 86,336 sales that same year and the VW Golf ranks third with 73,880 units hit in 2014, while its highest ranking is a record-equalling 4th position reached in 2011.

Nissan Micra

The Peugeot 306 at #4 broke the foreign model volume record 4 consecutive times between 95 and 98. In fact Peugeot, once a local producer, places no less than 8 models in the Top 16 highest selling foreign nameplates: the 206 (#1), 306 (#4), 207 (#5), 307 (#8), 205 (#13), 405 (#14), 106 (#15) and 406 (#16). Sister brand Citroen places the Xsara at #6 and the Saxo at #22. Note the BMW 3 Series at #7 with a peak of 65,489 units in 2003.

Nissan Qashqai UK 2015Nissan Qashqai

In 2015 the Nissan Qashqai becomes the first Japanese model to break into the annual UK Top 5, and also breaks the annual volume record for a Nippon model (60,814) previously held by the Nissan Micra since 1989 (54,175) Interestingly, the Micra never managed to break into the year-end Top 10, a feat that the Datsun Sunny (in 1977, 78, 82 and 83) and Datsun Cherry (1981) have managed.

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UK February 2016: Kia Sportage breaks into Top 10 for the first time

Kia Sportage UK February 2016The Kia Sportage is the 3rd Korean model to ever break the monthly UK Top 10.

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The UK new car market is up a splendid 8% year-on-year in February to 83.395 registrations, the largest February score since 2004. This brings the year-to-date total to 253.073 units, up 5% on 2015. Even more satisfying: this growth is solely driven by private sales, up 23% and accounting for 45.2% of the market vs. 39.9% a year ago, whereas fleet sales are down 1% to 53.1% share vs. 58.3 in February 2015.

February UK registrations 2000-2016 (Source: SMMT):

 

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Ford dominates the brands ranking once again with 13.8% share thanks to sales up 17% on a year ago whereas its immediate followers both lose significant ground: Vauxhall is down 18% to 9.4% share and Volkswagen down 13% to 8%. BMW (+13%) surges 3 spots on January to land in 4th position above Audi (+22%) and Mercedes (+20%). Notice also Kia (+24%), Skoda (+28%), Honda (+30%), Suzuki (+35%), Seat (+36%), Land Rover (+61%), Smart (+123%) and Jaguar (+209%) all in very solid shape.

Nissan Qashqai UK February 2016The Nissan Qashqai posts a 2nd consecutive month on the UK podium. 

Over in the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta reigns supreme and even improves its market share to 5.4% thanks to sales up 10% to 4.507, above the VW Golf down 19% to 2.574. After ranking at an all-time record 2nd place last month, the Nissan Qashqai confirms its incredible year start by signing a second consecutive (and ever) podium finish at #3 with 2.486 sales (+38%). It still ranks #2 year-to-date. Before 2016, the Qashqai’s best-ever monthly ranking in the UK was #4, hit in January and March 2015… The Vauxhall Corsa (-15%) and Astra (-32%) disappoint while the Ford Focus is solid in 5th place with sales up 17%.

The Hyundai i10 is the highest-ranking Korean model in the UK: #3 in August 2009.

But the event of the month can be found in 9th place: boosted by the new generation, the Kia Sportage makes its very first appearance in the UK monthly Top 10, up from #19 in January and #29 over the Full Year 2015. The Sportage sells 1.521 units for a 1.8% market share and is the third Korean model to ever rank within the UK Top 10 along with the Kia Picanto, #9 in February 2010, and the Hyundai i10, breaking into the UK Top 10 for a total of six times between July 2009 and December 2011, peaking at #3 in August 2009.

The Datsun Sunny was the first Japanese model in the UK Top 10.

For comparison, the first Japanese nameplate to break into the annual UK Top 10 was the Datsun Sunny in 1977 (#10) followed by the Datsun Cherry, #8 in 1981. The Nissan Qashqai, manufactured locally, is the only other Nippon car to rank within the year-end UK Top 10, having done so every year since 2010, and the first one to break into the annual Top 5, just last year. The Qashqai first broke into the monthly UK Top 10 back in May 2009, joining already large ranks of Japanese models at this level, including the Nissan March, Honda Civic and Honda Jazz. The Toyota Yaris (first in August 2009) and Nissan Juke (January 2013) were the last Japanese cars to break into the UK Top 10 for the first time.

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Mercedes A Class UK January 2016The Mercedes A-Class jumps to #12 in the UK in January. 

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After the Top 10 models and All-brands ranking, we now explore a more detailed models ranking for the UK in January. The Vauxhall Mokka is just 118 units off another Top 10 ranking, followed by the Mercedes A-Class up 8 spots on both its December and FY2015 rankings, the Toyota Yaris is back up 43 ranks to #13, the Mercedes E-Class is up 10 to #15, the Kia Sportage up 12 to #19, Citroen C1 up 43 to #21, Honda Jazz up 72 to #94, Ford Mondeo up 14 to #23 and the Ford Ecosport is stable at an excellent 34th place. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Tucson is up 20 spots on December to #24, the Jaguar XE up 19 to #32, the Vauxhall Viva (aka Opel Karl) up 38 to #53 and Renault Kadjar down 13 to #73.

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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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