UK nations April 2016: Fiesta #1 everywhere, Hyundai Tucson shines

Ford Fiesta UK April 2016The Ford Fiesta is the best-seller in every UK nation in April. 

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Thanks to SMMT we can share with you the Top 10 best-sellers in April for each UK nation. Keep in mind this data is already included in the UK monthly updates, this is a zoom in by nation. England (+3%) and Northern Ireland (+5%) outpace the overall UK market (+2%) whereas Wales (-3%) and Scotland (-5%) actually lose ground. Year-to-date however, all four nations are improving vs. 2015 with England up 5%, Northern Ireland up 3%, Wales up 2% and Scotland up 1%. This month the Ford Fiesta manages to top the sales charts of every single nation including Scotland where it normally lags behind the Vauxhall Corsa, uncharacteristically dropping out of the April Top 10 there.

Hyundai Tucson Northern Ireland April 2016The Hyundai Tucson is #2 in Northern Ireland so far in 2016. 

The English market, accounting for 86.3% of overall UK sales, is traditionally almost identical to UK charts. There are some changes this month though: the Vauxhall Corsa ranks at a higher #5, the Nissan Juke replaces the Kia Sportage inside the Top 10 and the Mercedes A-Class manages to stay within the YTD Top 10 at #10, making it a historical two Mercedes in the Top 10 along with the C-Class at #9. The Hyundai Tucson hits an outstanding 2nd place in Northern Ireland (also its ranking YTD), the Seat Ibiza (#5) and Kia Sportage (#8) also reaching their best ranking there. Scotland sees the Vauxhall Astra hit #3 and the Fiat 500 #5 while Wales has the Dacia Sandero at #4, the Ford Kuga at #5 and the Vauxhall Mokka at #6. Heroes of the past months, the Renault Kadjar holds onto the #9 YTD spot in Northern Ireland, the Vauxhall Viva holds the same spot in Scotland where the Renault Clio replaces the Captur inside the YTD Top 10.

Previous month: UK nations March 2016: Kia Sportage scores one podium, Kadjar strong

One year ago: UK nations April 2015: Dacia Sandero and Toyota Aygo back in Top 10

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UK nations March 2016: Kia Sportage scores one podium, Kadjar strong

Kia Sportage UK March 2016The Kia Sportage is #3 in Northern Ireland. 

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for March. England (+6%) drives the overall UK market as usual, representing 85.8% of total UK sales this month. Northern Ireland (+5%) evolves like the market but Wales and Scotland (both at +3%) lag behind. March being one of the two much larger license plate change months, the models rankings return to an order close to their traditional annual shape, but there are still some surprises, notably in Northern Ireland, less affected by the license plate change. As it has done so for almost a decade annually, the Ford Fiesta is #1 in all UK nations bar one: Scotland, traditionally Vauxhall Corsa territory. The Vauxhall Astra shines in Northern Ireland (#2) and Scotland (#3) while the Ford Focus only manages two podium rankings: in England and Wales.

Renault Kadjar UK March 2016The Renault Kadjar remains inside the Northern Irish Top 10 in March.

In England, the Top 8 is identical to the UK ranking, with the Audi A3 (#9) and Fiat 500 (#10) exchanging ranks, but the most interesting difference is the Mercedes A-Class holding onto its Top 10 year-to-date ranking (#9) whereas it is outside the 10 favourites in the UK overall. Northern Ireland sees the Kia Sportage leaps three spots on February to an outstanding third position (it ranks #10 in Wales) while the Seat Ibiza jumps to #4, the Hyundai Tucson is down five spots to a still solid #6 and the Renault Kadjar lodges a 2nd consecutive Top 10 month at #9. The Renault Clio (#6), Captur (#7) and Vauxhall Viva (#10) all shine in Scotland. Great performers in Wales include the Vauxhall Mokka at #4 (its only Top 10 ranking this month), the Ford Kuga at #5 and Toyota Yaris at #7.

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

Previous month: UK nations February 2016: Hyundai Tucson #1 in Northern Ireland

One year ago: UK nations March 2015: Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa ultra-dominant

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UK nations February 2016: Hyundai Tucson leader in Northern Ireland, first Top 5 for the Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar Northern Ireland February 2016The Renault Kadjar is among the 5 best-sellers in Northern Ireland. 

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for February. Once again England (+9%) drives the overall UK market and represents 84.2% of total UK sales this month. Wales (+9%) follows suit but Northern Ireland (+6%) and Scotland (+1%) display weaker gains. All nations are however in positive territory year-to-date with England the most dynamic at +5% followed by Wales (+3%), Scotland (+2%) and Northern Ireland (+1%). Smaller volumes mean more volatile rankings and there is indeed a lot of movement in all UK nations this month, even in England traditionally very close to the UK charts.

Hyundai Tucson Northern Ireland February 2016. Picture courtest autoexpress.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling car in Northern Ireland this month. 

If the Ford Fiesta is #1 in England and Wales and the Vauxhall Corsa #1 in Scotland as per their respective 2015 rankings, the Hyundai Tucson spectacularly takes control of Northern Ireland (as it has Ireland as well), also posting its first Top 10 ranking in Scotland. The Kia Sportage justifies its first ever UK Top 10 ranking (#9 overall) by ranking within each UK nation’s Top 10 simultaneously for the first time: it is #6 in Northern Ireland and Scotland, #9 in England and #10 in Wales. In England the Nissan Qashqai holds onto the record 2nd spot it held in January for the 2nd straight month.

Ford Ecosport Wales February 2016. Picture courtesy autocar.co.ukThe Ford Ecosport ranks 6th in Wales this month.

The Mercedes A-Class makes its very first appearance in the English Top 10 since BSCB started following UK nations monthly in 2013 at #8 while the BMW 1 Series ranks #10. None of these two nameplates make it to the overall UK Top 10 though. The Renault Kadjar lodges a stunning 5th place in Northern Ireland, earning it a #6 spot year-to-date just above its small counterpart the Renault Captur, ranking #9 there this month. The Fiat 500 resists in Scotland where it posts its only Top 10 ranking this month (#9), the Vauxhall Mokka ranks 3rd in Wales where the Ford Kuga is 4th and the Ford Ecosport delivers a brilliant 6th place.

Previous month: UK nations January 2016: Vauxhall monopolises Scottish podium

One year ago: UK nations February 2015: Mini and BMW 1 Series stand out

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UK nations January 2016: Vauxhall monopolises Scottish podium

Vauxhall Astra Scotland January 2016The new generation Vauxhall Astra has finally landed in the UK.

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for January. As is often the case, England (+4%) is the engine of growth for the entire country and represents 85.5% of total UK sales this month. Scotland (+2%) and Wales (+0.4%) are also in positive, but Northern Ireland declines (-3%). The Ford Fiesta tops 3 out of 4 nations in January: England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In Scotland, Vauxhall manages a historical 1-2-3, the first since BSCB has started following UK nations two years ago: the Corsa leads the way with 754 sales, follow by the Mokka at 498 and the Astra at 447.

Vauxhall Viva UK January 2016Vauxhall Viva

Further down, the Vauxhall Viva ranks #8, lodging its first-ever Scottish Top 10 ranking and the second in any UK nation after breaking into the Welsh Top 10 last October. Other heroes this month include the Hyundai Tucson #3 in Northern Ireland, the Dacia Sandero #7 in Scotland and Wales, Renault Captur #7 in Northern Ireland, Ford Ecosport #9 in Wales, Mercedes C-Class up to #8 in England vs. #10 in the UK and the Ford C-Max posting a rare Top 10 ranking at #10 in Wales.

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England (UK) Full Year 2015: Mercedes C-Class in Top 10

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2015: Ford Fiesta #1, Mokka and Kuga in Top 10

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2015: New Gen lifts Vauxhall Corsa back to #1

Wales (UK) Full Year 2015: Fiesta #1, Ford Kuga & Dacia Sandero shine

One year ago: UK nations January 2015: First Top 10 for the new Hyundai i20

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Wales (UK) Full Year 2015: Fiesta #1, Ford Kuga and Dacia Sandero shine

Dacia Sandero Wales 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukDacia Sandero. Picture honestjohn.co.uk

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According to SMMT, the Welsh new car market is lagging the UK market overall at just +2.5% in 2015 to 93.225 registrations vs. +6% in the UK. The Ford Fiesta is the most popular nameplate in Wales once again despite sales down 6% to 7.801. This year it distances the Vauxhall Corsa boosted up 28% by the new model to #2 and knocking the Ford Focus down to #3. The Ford Kuga (+21%) is also up one spot to a very impressive 4th position, by far its highest ranking in any UK nation. Excellent performances also by the VW Polo (+24%) and Vauxhall Mokka (+41%) while the Dacia Sandero breaks into the Welsh Top 10 for only its second year in market at #9 thanks to 1.533 sales. One nameplate we may see appear in next year’s Top 10 is the Ford Ecosport: labelled a flop in most of Europe except Italy, the small SUV has found its place in Wales, ranking inside the Top 10 during the last 3 months of the year: #9 in October, #7 in November and #8 in December.

Previous post: UK nations November 2015: Hyundai Tucson #1 in Northern Ireland

Previous year: Wales (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Kuga leaps up to 5th place

Two years ago: Wales (UK) Full Year 2013: Ford Fiesta and Suzuki Alto over-perform

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UK nations November 2015: Hyundai Tucson #1 in Northern Ireland

Hyundai Tucson Northern Ireland November 2015The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Northern Ireland this month.

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After the overall UK Top 10 models and thanks to SMMT, as is the tradition on BSCB we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for November. As it has been the case for most of the year so far, England sales – representing 86.5% of the overall UK market – are the saving grace: up 5% year-on-year to 154.384 whereas Scotland (-0.07%), Wales (-3%) and Northern Ireland (-5%) all post negative year-on-year results. Northern Ireland even returns to negative territory year-to-date at -0.07% with one month left to the year. Like last month, the Ford Fiesta only tops two nations in November: England and Wales, with the Hyundai Tucson spectacularly shooting up to the top spot in Northern Ireland thanks to 111 sales and 3.5% share. The Vauxhall Corsa tops Scottish sales as per its year-to-date ranking there.

Dacia Sandero Scotland November 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Dacia Sandero ranks #2 in Scotland.

If as usual the English ranking is very similar to the UK one – with the Audi A3 overtaking the Vauxhall Insignia to #8 in England – in Northern Ireland it’s a different story: below the Hyundai Tucson, surprise leader, the Ford Kuga is up 8 spots on last month to make the Top two 100% SUV, with the Kia Sportage adding to the total at #8. In Scotland the Renault Group posts a stellar performance, placing the Dacia Sandero at #2 only 36 units off the market leader, the Renault Captur at #3 and Renault Clio at #4. In Wales, the Ford Ecosport confirms it is now a Top 10 blockbuster, improving its record ranking two spots to #7. Notice also the Vauxhall Insignia ranking #3 in Northern Ireland and #7 in Scotland and the Vauxhall Mokka fittingly celebrating a record 5th overall UK ranking by appearing in each nation’s Top 6: #4 in Wales, #5 in England and #6 in both Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Previous month: UK nations October 2015: Vauxhall Viva and Ford Ecosport snap first Top 10

One year ago: UK nations November 2014: First podium for the Renault Captur

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UK nations October 2015: Vauxhall Viva & Ford Ecosport snap first Top 10

Vauxhall Viva UK October 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Vauxhall Viva ranks 7th in Wales in October…

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After the overall UK Top 10 and thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for October. For once new car sales in England, up 0.7% and representing 86.7% of the UK total, do not reflect the overall UK evolution at -1%. The culprits for the first year-on-year UK decline in 43 months are Wales (-3%), Northern Ireland (-4%) and most of all Scotland, down a harsh 17% year-on-year. In fact, without Scotland the UK market would have posted a 44th consecutive year-on-year gain at +0.4%… This month the Ford Fiesta only manages to top two nations: England and Wales, with Northern Ireland going to the VW Golf and Scotland going to the Vauxhall Corsa. The VW Golf also surprises by ranking #2 in England vs. #3 in the UK overall and #4 in Scotland vs. #6 year-to-date, all this despite the brand’s recent woes.

Ford Ecosport UK October 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.uk…while the Ford Ecosport ranks 9th. Both models enjoy their first Top 10 ranking.

The Ford Focus displays incredible stability: it ranks third in each and every nation, a result that earns it a… fourth place overall in the UK! The Vauxhall Insignia returns inside the Top 10 with a shiny 4th place in Northern Ireland and 8th spot in Scotland, while the Vauxhall Mokka is #4 in Wales and #6 in Northern Ireland. The Hyundai Tucson repeats its splendid 8th position in Scotland, while two newcomers break into the Top 10 for the first time: the Vauxhall Viva (#7) and the Ford Ecosport (#9), both in Wales.

Previous month: UK nations September 2015: First Top 10 for the Hyundai Tucson

One year ago: UK nations October 2014: Ford Focus and VW Golf each top one nation

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UK nations September 2015: First Top 10 for the Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson UK September 2015. Picture courtest autoexpress.co.ukThe Hyundai Tucson already ranks #8 in Northern Ireland in September.

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After the overall UK Top 10, thanks to SMMT and as is the tradition on BSCB we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for September. Detailing each nation shows that once again England is the engine of UK growth at +9% equaling the national growth rate this month, whereas all other nations show weaker gains: Northern Ireland is at +5% (and now back into positive territory year-to-date), Scotland at +4% and Wales at +3%.  September being one of the two strongest months of the year and by very far, the leaders in each nation are logically identical to the year-to-date standings, namely the Ford Fiesta in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and the Vauxhall Corsa in Scotland where the Fiesta ranks #2.

The Ford Focus ranks #2 in Enland and the Corsa #2 in Wales but the surprise comes from the VW Polo up to a shiny 2nd place in Northern Ireland where the Golf ranks #3. The Polo justifies its #5 national September ranking by a 4th place in both Scotland and Wales and a 6th place in England. Excellent performances also from the Renault Clio #3 in Scotland and #6 in Northern Ireland, Seat Ibiza #5 in Northern Ireland, Renault Captur #9 in Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Dacia Sandero #10 in Scotland. Note the Vauxhall Mokka misses out on an English Top 10 whereas it ranks #9 in the UK overall, lifted by solid results in Scotland (#8) and Wales (#7). Last but not least, along with starting up with a bang in Germany the Hyundai Tucson debuts at an impressive 8th place in Northern Ireland in September.

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UK nations August 2015: Vauxhall Mokka one step up

Vauxhall Mokka UK August 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.ukThe Vauxhall Mokka is at least #7 in all UK nations, #3 in Wales.

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After the overall UK Top 10, thanks to SMMT we can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for August. Once again England (+11%) lifts the entire market up and accounts for 83% of all UK registrations in August with Wales (+6%), Scotland (+4%) and Northern Ireland (+2%) lagging behind but all in positive. Like in the year-to-date standings, the Ford Fiesta tops 3 nations out of 4 – England, Northern Ireland and Wales – with Scotland preferring the Vauxhall Corsa. The VW Golf snaps the 2nd spot in Northern Ireland and ranks 3rd in England, the Ford Focus is #2 in England and Wales and the VW Polo manages two podium rankings: in Northern Ireland and Scotland where it ranks 3rd both times.

Citroen C4 Picasso UK August 2015. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frThe Citroen C4 Picasso ranks #7 in Wales this month.

The last podium ranker this month is the Vauxhall Mokka, hitting #3 in Wales with a very strong 4% market share. In fact, the Mokka justifies its #7 UK position by never ranking lower in any nation: #7 in England, #6 in Northern Ireland and #4 in Scotland. For its part the Ford Kuga celebrates its very first Top 10 ranking by reaching the same level in all nations bar England: #4 in Wales, #5 in Northern Ireland and #9 in Scotland in what is the nameplate’s first monthly Top 10 ranking there. Notice also the Suzuki Celerio blasting through the Northern Irish Top 10 at #7, the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer #6 in Wales and the Citroen C4 Picasso #7 in the same nation.

Previous month: UK nations July 2015: Renault Clio and Ford Kuga on podium

One year ago: UK nations August 2014: Vauxhall Mokka in Top 10 in 3 nations

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UK nations July 2015: Renault Clio and Ford Kuga on podium

Renault Clio UK July 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Clio ranks third in Northern Ireland this month.

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Thanks to SMMT I can now share with you the Top 10 best-sellers for each UK nation for July, and looking at detailed sales data by nation it becomes apparent that the UK as a whole really just owes its 41st consecutive month of year-on-year gains to a strong performance in England which accounts for 86.6% of overall sales vs. 85.6% year-to-date: up 4.4% to 153.923 registrations, England balances out a lukewarm showing in Northern Ireland (+1.6%) and negative results in both Wales (-2.5%) and Scotland (-5.8%). Like in April and June, the Ford Fiesta tops each nation this month, lodging its strongest market share in Wales (9.6%) and its weakest in Northern Ireland (3.6%).

Ford Kuga UK July 2015The Ford Kuga is #3 in Wales and #6 in Northern Ireland.

Second nationally, the Ford Focus is logically the only nameplate to rack up two #2 spots: in England and Wales, ranking 4th in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Vauxhall Corsa only manages a #2 spot in Scotland while the VW Golf is #2 in Northern Ireland but also #3 in England. Three additional nameplates manage a podium ranking in July: the VW Polo (#3 in Scotland), Ford Kuga (#3 in Wales but also #6 in Northern Ireland) and Renault Clio (#3 in Northern Ireland). Other notable performances include the Audi A3 #5 in England, the Fiat 500 #5 in Scotland and the Vauxhall Insignia #7 and Renault Captur #9 in Northern Ireland. The Vauxhall Mokka, although not in the national July Top 10, is #6 in Wales and #9 in Scotland.

Previous month: UK nations June 2015: Dacia Sandero now in YTD Top 10 in two nations

One year ago: UK nations July 2014: Nissan Qashqai and Ford C-Max impress

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