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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.

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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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UK May 2013: Private sales above pre-recession 2007 level

June 18th, 2013 13 comments

BMW 3 Series UK May 2013BMW 3 Series

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UK new car sales continue on their astounding form and deliver a 15th consecutive month of year-on-year gains at +11% to 180,111 registrations, the highest May volume in 6 years. Sales to private buyers are up a whopping 21% on May 2012 to reach 84,202 units, above their pre-recession level of May 2007! Year-to-date, the market is up 9% on 2012 to 948,666 but still down 9% on pre-recession 2007. The Ford Fiesta dominates for the 9th time in the last 12 months, the BMW 3 Series find its way back into the Top 10 for the first time this year but the 6th time in the last 12 months at #7 and the Audi A3 lodges its 2nd month in a row inside the Top 10 (third time in the last 12 months) at #10.

Previous month: UK April 2013: Fiat 500 up to highest ever 8th place

One year ago: UK May 2012: Vauxhall Corsa leads, Fiat 500 in Top 10 again

Full May 2013 Top 10 models and Top 44 brands Ranking Tables below.

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UK June 2013: BYD e6 have arrived…

June 14th, 2013 No comments

First BYD Electric e6 Cars Arrive In Europe And The UKThe BYD e6 being offloaded at Southampton docks, UK on June 13, 2013.

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As a follow-up to my articles World: How the Chinese are setting themselves up for success (Part 5: Mature markets) and UK: 50 electric BYD e6 to be shipped in for use as London taxis, you may be interested to know that the much talked-about batch of 50 BYD e6 have now arrived in the UK: the were offloaded at Southampton docks and are in the process of being registered.

BYD announced yesterday that five-door hatchbacks have been fully homologated for use on European roads. Already on sale in China since October 2011, the BYD e6 has a range of 186 miles (300 km) and can reach a top speed of 140 km/h). The all-electric vehicle is already used by fleet operators in China, Columbia and Hong Kong. Romanian website Autoevolution says the cars will be going into service with a number of fleets, including private hire operations that will allow passengers to experience them.

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

May 30th, 2013 36 comments

Fiat 500 UK 2013Fiat 500

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Simply breathtaking. That’s what the continuous growth of the UK new car market really is, now celebrating its 14th consecutive month of year-on-year gain in April at +15% to 163,347 registrations, all this in a very depressed European context. Even more impressive, this best April score since 2008 is lifted by private sales, up a huge 32% year-on-year! The year-to-date total stands at 768,555 units, up a brilliant 9% over 2012. The Ford Fiesta holds onto its newly reacquired pole position but sees its market share slip down to 4.9% at 8,083 units.

Audi A3 UK April 2013Audi A3

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Like last month, the Fiesta is followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (3.7%), Ford Focus (3.6%), VW Golf (3.2%), Vauxhall Astra (2.6%), Nissan Qashqai (2.3%) and VW Polo (2.2%). A very stable ranking indeed. The Fiat 500 is back within the Top 10 for the first time since last June and manages to reach a best-ever #8 with an excellent 3,037 sales and 1.9%. It is its 7th Top 10 month in the country after October 2009 (#10), December 2009 (#9), January 2010 (#10), April 2012 (#10), May 2012 (#10) and June 2012 (#10).

Nissan Juke UK April 2013Nissan Juke

Another rare appearance in the UK Top 10 this month is the Audi A3 at #10 with 2,935 units and 1.8%. The last time the A3 was among the 10 most popular cars in the country was last August. Finally, even though it hasn’t ranked in the Top 10 for the last 2 months, the Nissan Juke manages to improve its year-to-date position to a best-ever #9 thanks to 12,788 sales and 1.7%. In the brands ranking, Dacia continues to impress, selling as many units in April alone (2,016) than in the last 3 months combined (1,978) and now up to #21 in-between Volvo and Mazda…

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Previous post: UK January-March 2013: Discover the Top 328 best-sellers!

Previous month: UK March 2013: Ford Fiesta reclaims top spot

One year ago: UK April 2012: Fiat 500 in Top 10 for the first time in over 2 years

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