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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

Full February 2014 Top 10 models and Top 42 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full January 2014 Top 10 models and Top 43 brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta marks 10 years in pole position, BMW places two models in Top 10 for the first time

January 7th, 2014 4 comments

BMW 1 Series UK 2013The BMW 1 Series breaks into the annual UK Top 10 for the first time in 2013.

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2013 was an incredible year for new car sales in the UK: up an astounding 11% on 2013 to reach 2,264,737 registrations, the best annual figure since 2007. It’s simple: on average, an additional 600 extra cars registered per day in 2013 than one year ago! The Ford Fiesta remains the most popular vehicle in the country for the 5th year in a row and the 10th time overall after 1990, 19911996 to 1998 and 2009 to 2012. The Fiesta is now the second most successful nameplate ever in the UK, below just the Ford Escort (12 years) and equal with the Cortina and Focus (both 10 years also). The Fiesta performs slightly better than the market at +12% to 121,929 sales and 5.4% and is the only model to command more than 4% share vs. 3 in 2012. It topped the UK monthly ranking every single month of the year bar February (Focus) vs. just 8 times in 2012.

Ford Fiesta UK 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Ford Fiesta celebrates 10 years atop the UK sales charts in 2013.

The Ford Focus is up 5% to reclaim the 2nd position it held in 2011, passing the Vauxhall Corsa (-6%), with the rest of the Top 8 best-sellers identical to last year. The Nissan Qashqai beats its 2012 annual volume record by gaining 10% to 50,211 sales and remains in 6th place which is the highest annual ranking ever reached by a Japanese model in the UK. The strongest Japanese annual volume however still belongs to the Nissan Micra which sold 54,175 units back in 1989. At #9 we welcome the BMW 1 Series for the first time in the year-end UK Top 10, up a brilliant 21% on 2012 to 41,883 sales, beating its monthly volume record twice this year at 7,001 units in March and 10,084 in September – the strongest volume by a BMW in over 5 years. With the 3 Series at #7, BMW places two models inside the annual UK Top 10 for the first time in history!

Nissan Juke UK 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.fr2013 is the year the Nissan Juke first broke into the UK monthly Top 10.

The other newcomer in the 2013 Top 10 is the Peugeot 208 up 126% to #10 with 38,616 sales and 1.7% for its first full year, however it only delivered one Top 10 ranking during the second half of 2013 and will struggle to maintain this ranking in 2014. Two other models passed significant milestones this year: the Nissan Juke broke into the monthly Top 10 for the first time in January at #9 and repeated this feat no less than 3 times during the year, lifting its ranking record to #7 in October, while the Fiat 500 reached a record 8th place in April and November.

Audi A1 UK 2013The Audi A1 is among the 20 most popular cars in the UK for the first time in 2013.

Thanks to the SMMT I can share with you the 2013 Top 20 best-selling models, for the first time that early in the year – you won’t see this info on any other website! Not surprisingly, the Fiat 500 stops 700 units short of breaking into the annual Top 10 for the first time at #11 and the Nissan Juke is up 4 spots and 30% to #12. The Audi A3 gains two ranks to #13, whereas the Mercedes C-Class is down 6 to #15 but with the E-Class at #17 (+22%), Mercedes manages to place two models in the Top 17 like in 2012. The Audi A1 makes its very first appearance in the annual UK Top 20, up 3 spots and 19% to #20. This way all German premium brands have two models each in the Top 20.

Dacia Sandero UK 2013Successful UK launch for Dacia in 2013.

In the brands ranking, Ford and Vauxhall evolve like the market to deliver stable market shares at 13.7% and 11.5% respectively while Volkswagen goes from 9% to 8.6% in third place. Thanks to an excellent year for the new A3, Audi passes BMW to become UK’s most popular premium brand in 4th place overall with 142,040 sales and 6.3% (+15%) vs. 135,583 and 6% (+6%) for BMW. Mercedes gains one spot and 19% on 2012 to land at #7, Citroen is up 6% to #10, Skoda up 23% to #13, Fiat up 21% to #14 and Renault stays #18 but broke back into the monthly Top 10 in December for the first time in years. But the big event this year in the UK is the launch in January of French-Romanian low-cost brand Dacia with a big tick of approval: it finishes the year at #23 with 17,046 sales in-between Mazda and Jaguar and was above 1% share from April onwards, a very promising performance for a two-model range (Duster/Sandero).

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

Previous year: UK Full Year 2012: Nissan Qashqai hits highest ever ranking for a Japanese model

Two years ago: UK Full Year 2011: Ford Fiesta #1, VW Golf at highest ranking ever

Full Year 2013 Top 20 models and Top 45 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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!

Full December 2013 Top 10 models and Top 42 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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