UK May 2017: Volkswagen #2 brand in market down 8.5%

The Nissan Qashqai now ranks #3 year-to-date in the UK. 

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According to figures released by SMMT, the UK new car market drops 8.5% in May to 186.265 registrations, as the March pull-forward effect of the Vehicle Excise Duty changes is still making itself felt. The upcoming general election may also have had a dampening effect on sales this month. Private sales are mainly responsible for the sizeable downturn at -14% year-on-year to 76.554 units while fleet sales drop 5.3% to 103.657, accounting for 55.7% of the market, and business sales go against the grain with a 20.1% surge to a still discreet 6.054 units. Ignoring the surrounding depressed climate, alternatively fuelled vehicles gain 46.7% to reach a record 4.4% market share. Year-to-date, thanks to an all-time record March figure, the market is down just 0.6% to a still very dynamic 1.158.357 units. Private sales are down 4.2% but fleet sales are up 2.4% and business sales up 5.3%.

May sales 2001-2017. Source SMMT

The brands ranking is once again completely reshuffled. If last month the three German premium brands were the ones shining, this time Volkswagen climbs to 2nd place overall with a contained 2% drop to 8.4% share vs. 7.4% year-to-date. It’s the second time this year after last February that Volkswagen ranks #2 in the UK. Mercedes gains 7% to rank third with 7.9% share vs. 7.2% so far this year and Audi is down just 1% to 5th and 7.4% vs. 6.4% in 2017 so far. Mercedes and Audi assuredly benefit from solid fleet sales this month. Struggling are Ford down 14% to 11% share vs. 12.2% year-to-date, Vauxhall down 14% to 7.5% and BMW down 17% to 6.8%, albeit securing a higher market share than its year-to-date level of 6.8%. Further down, Skoda (+9%), Seat (+11%) and Volvo (+7%) are the only other manufacturers posting year-on-year increases in the Top 20. Below, Porsche (+25%), MG (+33%), Infiniti (+153%) and Abarth (+21%) make themselves noticed with substantial gains.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains faithful to the pole position, following the market at 8%. It is followed this month by the VW Golf back up five spots on April but down 5% year-on-year and the Nissan Qashqai improving 6%. The VW Polo (+10%), Vauxhall Astra (+7%) and Mercedes C-Class (+13%) also post year-on-year gains while the Mercedes A-Class remains inside the Top 10 at #10 and stays #9 year-to-date. Following another disappointing performance (-17%), the Vauxhall Corsa drops two spots year-to-date to #5, allowing the Nissan Qashqai to lift its ranking to #3 – if maintained until the end of the year this would be an all-time record – and the VW Golf to #4.

Previous month: UK April 2017: Qashqai teases Fiesta, two Mercedes in Top 4 in market down 20%

One year ago: UK May 2016: Brexit uncertainty cools market growth to +2.5%

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UK April 2017: Qashqai teases Fiesta, two Mercedes in Top 4 in market down 20%

The Nissan Qashqai is only 527 units off the overall top spot this month. 

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After an all-time record month in March when registrations were pulled forward ahead of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) changes put in place on April 1, the UK market logically feels the pain in April: down a harsh 20% year-on-year to 152.076 units, the lowest April figure since 2012. Private sales are hit the hardest at -28% to 59.912 while business sales are down 21% to 5.486 and fleet sales down just 12% to 86.678 or 57% of the overall market vs. 52.2% a year ago and 49.9% year-to-date. At 972.092 units, the year-to-date tally remains above its level of a year ago by just 1.1%, reaching a new record.  Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, predicts demand will stabilise over the year as the turbulence created by these tax changes decreases.

2001-2017 April scores. Source SMMT 

The strength of fleet sales this month is reflected both in the brands and the models ranking, both vigorously reshuffled. The traditional market leader, Ford, drops 31% and is followed this time by the three premium brands in exceptional shape. Mercedes is up 10% to 2nd place overall with 8.8% share, its highest ranking and share in the UK ever. Audi drops 4% but frankly outsells Volkswagen down 41% to a paltry 6th place. Finally BMW is up 3% to rank 4th above Vauxhall (-33%). Other brands ignoring this month’s gloomy context are Hyundai (-3%), Kia (-8%) and Skoda (-9%) in the Top 10, Seat (+12%), Smart (+7%) and Ssangyong (+10%) below.

The Mercedes A-Class shoots up to #4 overall this month. 

The models ranking also gets a strong facelift. The Ford Fiesta remains in the lead but drops 37% year-on-year and has the Nissan Qashqai (-1%) only 527 units below. The Mercedes C-Class (+5%) shoots up 7 spots on last month to land on the third step of the podium while the Mercedes A-Class surges to a record 4th place thanks to 3.608 sales, making it two Mercedes in the Top 4 for the first time in UK history. The Audi A3 down just 5% to #8 and the BMW 1 Series up to #10 complete a fleet-biased Top 10. Almost all the traditional strong sellers take a bigger hit than the market itself: the Ford Focus is down 38%, the VW Golf down 43%, the VW Polo down 31% and the Vauxhall Corsa down 39%. Only the Vauxhall Astra is in line with the market at -19%.

Previous month: UK March 2017: Upcoming tax change triggers all-time record month

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

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UK March 2017: Upcoming tax change triggers all-time record month

The Ford Kuga breaks into the UK Top 10 for the third time only. 

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With September, March is traditionally an extremely strong month for UK new car sales as it corresponds to the biannual license plate change, but this year a combination of events has allowed all-time records to be broken. The main element is a recalibration of the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) taking place on April 1 and applied to vehicles purchased from that date forward. The changes include the end of a VED exemption for ultra-low emission vehicles. As a result, many purchases were brought forward to March in order to still benefit from the old regime and new car sales in the UK in March are up 8.4% year-on-year to 562.337, breaking a 20 year-old all-time monthly record established back in August 1997 at 525.897, this according to SMMT. This means the Q1 2017 tally stands at 820.016, up 6.2% on the same period in 2016 and here too a record.

2001-2017 March scores – Source: SMMT

All categories of buyers see sales increase yet, logically, it’s fleet and business sales that lead the charge as they can include bulk purchases that would benefit the most from a purchase pull forward. Fleet sales are up 12.6% to 46.6% share vs. 44.9% a year ago, business sales up 11.9% to 4.7% share vs. 4.6% in March 2016 and private sales up 4.4% to 48.7% share vs. 50.5% a year ago. This exceptionally high March sales figure has Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, saying: “We will see a slowdown in April, exacerbated by the fact there are fewer selling days this year given Easter timing”. The SMMT still predicts a slight sales decline over the FY2017 due to broader political uncertainties linked to Brexit.

This peculiar situation makes for some fascinating changes in the brands and models ranking. Ford more than doubles the market growth at +19% to 71.837 units and 12.8% share, similar to the share it holds so far in 2017 (12.7%). Local producer Nissan (+30%), Mercedes (+18%), Toyota (+14%) and Land Rover (+24%) also post double-digit gains inside the Top 10 but interestingly Vauxhall (-10%) and Peugeot (-5%) are the only brands to lose ground among the 10 best-sellers this month, potentially the reflection of the purchase of Opel/Vauxhall by PSA-Peugeot Citroen triggering some hesitation with buyers. Further down the ranking, Kia (+16%), Seat (+29%), Volvo (+30%), Jaguar (+69%) and Infiniti (+151%) are among the biggest gainers in market.

Illustrating its strength this month, Ford places two nameplates atop the models ranking for the first time this year with the Fiesta up 8% followed by the Focus up 22%. The Vauxhall Corsa is back up 6 spots on February to #3 despite a 8% drop, ahead of the Nissan Qashqai (+21%) and Vauxhall Astra (+17%) while the VW Golf is struggling at -17% and down four spots on last month to #6. The Mini is up 12% to 10.003 units, the Ford Kuga makes its third ever appearance within the UK Top 10 after August 2015 (#10) and 2016 (#9) in 9th position with a record 9.561 sales, and the Mercedes C-Class also maintains itself within the country’s 10 best-sellers this month at #10.

Previous month: UK February 2017: Golf pushes Volkswagen to #2 YTD, stable market

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

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UK February 2017: Golf pushes Volkswagen to #2 YTD, stable market

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The UK new car market continues to defy the Brexit odds with a stable February score at -0.3% year-on-year to 83.115 units. This leads to a year-to-date tally of 257.679 units, still up 1.8% on the record pace established in 2016. Once again fleet sales stir the market up at -3.3% to 45.699 whereas private sales are down 4.4% to 36.018 and business sales down 5.3% to 1.398. Diesel is down 5.9% to 115.759, petrol up 7.9% to 131.333 ad alternative fuel vehicles up 27.7% to a still reserved 10.587 units and 4.1% share vs. 3.3% a year ago.

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Brand-wise, Ford still reigns supreme in spite of a 14% drop to 9.909 units and 11.9% share vs. 12.7% year-to-date. Volkswagen climbs back up to 2nd place thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.236 and 8.8%, in the meantime overtaking Vauxhall (-20%) both this month and, historically, year-to-date at 20.293 sales vs. 20.169. Mercedes (+17%) drops to spots on a freak January score to #5, Kia (+12%), Skoda (+12%), Toyota (+25%) and Hyundai (+12%) all fare very well inside the Top 12 while below, let’s notice Mini (+19%), Suzuki (+26%), Land Rover (+39%) and Infiniti (+337%) pushing forward whereas Mazda (-18%), Fiat (+26%), Citroen (-30%), Mitsubishi (-50%) and DS (-54%) all crumble apart.

The Ford Fiesta is down 5% but stays Nb.1 in the UK. 

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains the best-seller in the country despite a 5% year-on-year drop to 4.282 units. It distances the VW Golf lodging another outstanding score at +15% to 2.949 and the Vauxhall Astra doing even better at +33% to 2.170 registrations. The Ford Focus (-17%), Nissan Qashqai (-26%) and Vauxhall Corsa (-43%)  all struggle year-on-year but the Mercedes C-Class is up to #6 and the BMW 3 Series is back inside the Top 10 for the first time since last October.

Previous month: UK January 2017: Mercedes C-Class soars 40% to record 4th place

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

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UK January 2017: Mercedes C-Class soars 40% to record 4th place

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Against all expectations given widespread price rises due to Brexit, the UK new car market starts 2017 in positive with 2.9% year-on-year gain to 174.564 registrations. Even more surprising: private sales lead the growth at +5% to 76.729 and 44% share vs. 43.1% a year ago, fleet sales are up just 1.4% to 91.181 and 52.2% share vs. 53% in January 2016 and business registrations are down 1% to 6.654. Leader Ford trails the market but still improves at +3% to 22.778 sales, ahead of Vauxhall struggling at -9% to 13.870 and Mercedes snapping at its heels at 13.048 (+11%). Volkswagen is also catching up at +8% to 12.967. Further down, Kia has a stunning month, slicing its December ranking in two to #8 with deliveries up 51% year-on-year to 7.661. Land Rover (+18%), Jaguar (+20%), Seat (+24%), Bentley (+36%), Suzuki (+60%), Maserati (+101%) and Aston Martin (+174%) stand out with impressive gains, whereas Peugeot (-19%), Lexus (-20%), Citroen (-29%), Mazda (-34%), MG (-35%) and DS (-39%) all fall flat.

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Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta holds onto the top spot with a 2% gain ahead of the VW Golf surging 43% and the Ford Focus up 12%. Exceptional performance from the Mercedes C-Class up to a highest-ever 4th place overall thanks to deliveries up 40% on a year ago to 4.230 units. The C-Class’s previous UK best was #6 over four years ago, back in September 2012. The Nissan Juke (+14%) is up two spots on December to #6, enjoying a second consecutive month above its stablemate the Qashqai (#8) and its best monthly ranking since January 2016 when it was also #6 – its personal best still standing at #5 back in October 2014. Finally, at #10 the Kia Sportage is back inside the Top 10 for the 5th time in the past 12 months after last February (#9), April (#9)August (#8) and October (#10), now looking to become a constant fixture among UK’s favourites.

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UK: Nameplates Records now updated with 2016 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 (#9), 205 (#13), 405 (#14), 106 (#15) and 406 (#17). Sister brand Citroen places the Xsara at #6 and the Saxo at #23. Note the BMW 3 Series at #7 thanks to 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). It breaks this record again in 2016 to lift it to 62.682, while remaining at an all-time high 5th place. 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 Full Year 2016: Second annual record in a row despite Brexit

ford-fiesta-uk-2016The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling vehicle in the UK for the 8th consecutive year. 

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Back in June when UK voters chose to “Brexit”, I along with the majority of automotive analysts predicted the start of a “period of uncertainty” marred with currency volatility and potential export tax implementation towards the EU. Since, the Brexit negotiations have taken a life of its own, with local manufacturers, among them Nissan and Toyota, lobbying hard to keep their access to the European Union intact and free of taxes – as this is the main reason behind their implantation in the UK. This has given the UK market some room to catch its breath with H2 sales up just 1.2% to 1.272.150, leading to a fifth year of growth in a row and a second consecutive all-time record year at 2.692.786 units, up 2.3% on last year’s record. This is only the fifth time above 2.5 million units in UK history after 200220032004 and 2015. The 2017 figure will depend on the capacity of the UK to maintain its current trading relations with the EU and notably avoid tariff barriers that would increase significantly the cost of vehicles sold in the country and have a negative impact on sales.

EU-Brexit-referedumBrexit has not had (yet?) a truly negative impact on UK sales.

Looking into the detail of this new record, the striking observation is that fleet sales are solely responsible for it – not a healthy position to be in. They are up 3.8% to a record 1.380.750 units and 51.3% share vs. 50% a year ago, all the while private sales are down 0.2% to 1.206.250 and 44.8% share vs. 45.9% in 2015. Business sales remain discreet at -1.2% to 105.786 and 3.9% share. Sales of petrol-powered vehicles are up 2.7% to 1.318.707 (49% share) while diesel is up just 0.6% to 1.285.160 and 47.7% and alternatively fuelled vehicles shoot up 22% to 88.919. Among them, plug-in hybrids are up 42%, petrol electric hybrids up 25% and pure electric vehicles are up 3%.

annual-registrations-2000-to-2016-900x563Source: SMMT

The brands ranking sees a fragmentation of its top-end with the 3 best-sellers all losing volume and market share: Ford contines to dominate despite sales down 5% to 11.8% share ahead of Vauxhall at 9.3% and Volkswagen at 7.7% – both down 7%. Like in 2015, Volkswagen managed to outsell Vauxhall to rank #2 overall in April, but this year it also got shockingly overtaken by its premium stablemate Audi both in August and October. BMW remains the #1 luxury brand in the country, improving 9% to 6.8% share ahead of Audi at 6.6% (+6%) while Mercedes is catching up at +17% to 6.3%. Outside the Top 10, Kia (+14%), Renault (+13%), Land Rover (+19%), Honda (+11%), Suzuki (+11%), Jaguar (+45%) and DS (+85%) all manage double-digit gains, while among smaller brands Bentley (+41%), Abarth (+45%) and Infiniti (+142%) impress.

Nissan Qashqai 2016. Picture courtesy annual volume record for the Nissan Qashqai in 2016.

Over in the models aisle, the entire Top 4 best-sellers all lose volume, with the podium dropping by double-digits. The Ford Fiesta – whose new generation lands in dealerships in early 2017 – still manages an 8th consecutive annual victory (11 years at #1 in total) with deliveries down 10%, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus, both down 16%. The VW Golf (-5%) has never been so close to an annual UK podium ranking: it ends the year just 1.053 units below the Focus.

Kia Sportage UK 2016The Kia Sportage is the third Korean nameplate to ever break into the UK Top 10.

The Nissan Qashqai improves on a record 2015 to 62.682 sales – the highest annual volume delivered by a Japanese vehicle in the UK – and even hit a record 2nd place in January. Boosted by the new generation, the Vauxhall Astra is up 15% to #6 and ranked #2 over the last quarter. There are two Top 10 firsts in 2016: the Mercedes C-Class posts its second annual Top 10 ranking at #9 (+6%, last time in 2012) and the Kia Sportage breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in February (#9), reiterating this feat in April (#9), August (#8) and October (#10) and ending the year at #13 (+74%). This way, the Sportage becomes the third Korean nameplate to break into the monthly UK Top 10 along with the Kia Picanto, #9 in February 2010, and the Hyundai i10, inside the Top 10 six times between July 2009 and December 2011, peaking at #3 in August 2009.

Range Rover Evoque UK 2016Range Rover Evoque sales are up 31% to #21

Notice also the Mercedes A-Class surging 39% to land in 12th place, the Audi A4 up 26% to #23, the Hyundai Tucson up 151% to #25, the BMW 2 Series up 27% to #34, the Renault Kadjar up 535% to #36 for its first full year of sales and the Ford Galaxy/S-Max up 159% to #43. Among British marques, below the Mini up 3% to #8, the Range Rover Evoque is far from having exhausted its potential with sales up 31% to stop a mere thousand units short off a stunning Top 20 finish at #21. The Land Rover Discovery Sport gains a further 44% to break into the Top 30 at #29, the Jaguar XE is up 41% to #64 while the Land Rover Discovery (+10%) and Mini Clubman (+113%) also display positive results.  The Jaguar F-Pace makes a thunderous entrance in the UK charts in 2016, missing out on a Top 100 ranking for 238 sales at #102. It is the only all-new nameplate to manage its way into the Top 150 along with the Mercedes SLC (#140).

Jaguar F-Pace UK 2016The Jaguar F-Pace lands at #102 for its very first appearance in an annual UK ranking. 

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UK December 2016: Astra and C-Class shine in market down 1%

Vauxhall Astra UK December 2016Vauxhall Astra sales are up 51% in December. 

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UK business sales up 51% to 8.257 did nothing to prevent December to become only the second month of year-on-year decline in 2016 along with last June, at -1% to 178.022 units. Fleet sales are down 0.8% to 102.125 but it’s private sales, down 5.5% to 67.640, that inflict the most damage to the overall market. Nevertheless, despite this slight the UK market posts a second consecutive record year – something we will cover shortly in our FY 2016 Report. Ford keeps the lead of the brands ranking in spite of sales down 11% to 11.7% share, distancing Vauxhall at 9.6% (-18%), Volkswagen at 8.8% (+8%), BMW at 8.5% (-12%) and Audi at 6.4%, up a splendid 24%. Nissan (+9%), Mercedes (+15%), Skoda (+18%), Seat (+61%), Honda (+18%), Jaguar (+31%), Suzuki (+16%), Porsche (+128%) and Smart (+30%) go against the grain and all post spectacular gains inside the Top 30.

Mercedes C Class UK December 2016. Picture courtesy Mercedes C-Class is up 67%.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta remains untouchable despite sales down 9% at 4.6% share while the Vauxhall Astra continues to push forward with deliveries up 51% to 3.4% share, once again leading its segment ahead of the VW Golf at 3% (+11%) and the Ford Focus at 2.8% (+0.2%). The Mini is down 14% but brilliantly steps into the monthly Top 5 for the second time this year after June, the Vauxhall Corsa freefalls 43% to 6th place but remains #2 over the Full Year, the Nissan Juke surges 35% and outsells the Qashqai for the first time in two years (since December 2014) and the Mercedes C-Class soars 67% to land in 9th position.

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UK November 2016: Fleet sales keep market on track for annual record

vauxhall-astra-uk-november-2016Second consecutive month in second place for the Vauxhall Astra (+54%). 

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Fleet and business sales are keeping the UK market on track towards a new annual record in 2016 despite Brexit, just as private sales continue to drop. Overall, new car sales in the UK are up 2.9% year-on-year in November to 184.101 deliveries and up 2.5% year-to-date to 2.514.764 units, the first time in UK history that the 2.5 million benchmark is passed in November. The detail by channel paints a very different picture however: private sales are down 1.2% to 42.4% market share in November and up just 0.1% to 45.3% share so far in 2016. In contrast, fleet sales are up 5.1% to 53.9% share this month, up 5.3% to 50.8% YTD and business sales are up a whopping 24.3% to 3.7% share vs. down 4.1% to 3.9% YTD.

bmw-x1-uk-november-2016BMW soars 28% to snap the third position in the UK brands ranking in November. 

Ford continues to dominate the brands ranking, roughly following the market at +2% to 11.9% share, while Vauxhall is in great difficulty at -24% to 8.7% share, threatened this time by BMW surging up 28% year-on-year and two spots on October to third place overall with 15.330 units and 8.3% share. Volkswagen (+11%), Audi (+17%), Mercedes (+15%), Nissan (+17%) and Renault (+12%) follow, all with double-digit gains. Further down, Kia (+18%), Skoda (+24%) and Seat (+35%) also impress while among smaller-volume brands, notice Jaguar (+36%), Smart (+31%), Abarth (+28%) and Infiniti (+160%) all posting spectacular year-on-year improvements.


Model-wise, below the Ford Fiesta once again head-and-shoulders above the competition at 4.6% share, the Vauxhall Astra signs a second consecutive month at a segment-leading #2 thanks to deliveries up a whopping 54% with the new generation. The VW Golf gains one spot on October to #3, the Vauxhall Corsa freefalls 40% to #4, the Ford Focus is down 11% at #5 but the Nissan Qashqai (+28%) and VW Polo (+23%) frankly beat the market. The Mini (#7) and Mercedes C-Class (#10) are back inside the Top 10.

Previous month: UK October 2016: Market up 1.4%, Audi > VW for second time in 3 months

One year ago: UK November 2015: VW down 20%, Vauxhall Mokka breaks into Top 5

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