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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%.
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).
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.