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UK March 2014: Market up 18% to 2nd best monthly volume ever

VW Golf UK March 2014The VW Golf is up 32% in March to a record 13,032 sales.

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The UK new car market continues to astound and for the changeover month to new 14-plates, it delivers the highest sales figure in 10 years and the 2nd strongest monthly volume ever at 464,824 registrations, up 18% year-on-year. According to SMMT, this is the 2nd best score since the UK moved to a twice-yearly plate change in 1999 – and ever – below the 466,954 vehicles sold in March 2004. Keep in mind March is typically the biggest month of the year for registrations, accounting for almost 1/5th of the Full Year total. This marks the 25th consecutive month of year-on-year growth for the UK market, adding up to 688,122 units so far in 2014, up 14%.

Renault Clio UK March 2014. Picture courtesy of automobile-magazine.frRenault Clio

In the brands ranking, Ford (+15%), Vauxhall (+19%), Volkswagen (+17%) and Audi (+13%) all evolve solidly and roughly in line with the market, while BMW and Nissan are a notch above, both up 24% to 5th and 6th place respectively. Mercedes is also strong at #7 (+19%). But the big brand event  this month is the return of Renault under the spotlight: the French manufacturer more than doubles its sales year-on-year at +113% to 13,805 units and ranks 13th vs. 18th over the Full Year 2013. Its year-to-date sales are now up 80% on 2014… Let’s also salute Skoda up 33%, Fiat up 27%, Seat up 38%, Mazda up 41% and Dacia up 201% on March 2013 which was its third month of sales in the country.

Nissan Qashqai UK March 2014Can’t get a better start for the new gen Nissan Qashqai: all-time monthly record at 8,858 sales.

Model-wise, the Ford Fiesta is unflappable in pole position with a record 25,753 sales up 13% year-on-year and beating its previous best of 23,681 units hit in March 2010. It is followed by the Ford Focus at 16,860 units (+9%) and the Vauxhall Corsa stable at 16,231 sales. The VW Golf is up one spot on February to climb to 4th place and with sales up a massive 32% year-on-year to 13,032 it lodges the nameplate’s best ever monthly volume in the country (previous best: 12,724 in March 2007). Unsurprisingly with this month’s strong sales, a few more models beat their all-time monthly volume record inside the Top 10: the Nissan Qashqai is up 5% year-on-year to an all-time high 8,858 units at #6, the Fiat 500 is up to a record 8,136 sales at #8 and the Toyota Yaris up to a best-ever 7,418 units at #10.

Previous month: UK February 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #7

One year ago: UK March 2013: Ford Fiesta reclaims top spot

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

UK March 2014 – models:

PosModelMar-14%/13Feb2014%/13PosFY13
1Ford Fiesta25,7535.5%13%139,2405.7%14%11
2Ford Focus16,8603.6%9%424,7593.6%-1%22
3Vauxhall Corsa16,2313.5%0%223,8393.5%-3%33
4VW Golf13,1422.8%32%519,1602.8%22%45
5Vauxhall Astra11,3592.4%19%317,4652.5%2%54
6Nissan Qashqai8,8581.9%5%1112,9371.9%-11%76
7VW Polo8,3061.8%12%613,6312.0%16%68
8Fiat 5008,1361.8%n/a1311,6851.7%n/a811
9BMW 3 Series7,7821.7%n/a1011,0271.6%n/a107
10Toyota Yaris7,4381.6%n/a167,4381.1%n/an/a14

UK March 2014 – brands:

PosBrandMar-14/13Feb2014/13PosFY13
1Ford63,14915%194,87612%11
2Vauxhall50,06819%274,2927%22
3Volkswagen36,27617%356,27114%33
4Audi28,84113%443,76614%44
5BMW26,97724%1037,93721%55
6Nissan25,52924%637,80811%66
7Mercedes22,36919%533,79917%77
8Peugeot21,5649%732,4334%88
9Toyota19,1487%1127,7326%99
10Citroen15,6017%924,1789%1010
11Hyundai14,93023%823,10316%1111
12Kia14,78717%1321,60813%1212
13Renault13,805113%1817,65680%1618
14Honda13,0365%1418,2651%1515
15Skoda12,90733%1220,30731%1313
16Fiat12,74927%1518,78226%1414
17Land Rover11,987-8%2217,098-9%1716
18Seat9,42938%2014,02334%1819
19Mazda8,57641%1712,48738%1922
20Suzuki8,47220%1611,52016%2020
21Volvo6,82719%219,90911%2121
22Mini6,769-26%199,767-18%2217
23Dacia4,973201%246,821245%2323
24Jaguar4,15018%255,47410%2424
25Lexus2,14238%263,04034%2527
26Mitsubishi1,830-16%272,727-10%2626
27Porsche1,46634%292,14029%2828
28Chevrolet1,329-36%232,561-15%2725
29Alfa Romeo1,13418%301,5766%2929
30Smart823-17%281,290-12%3030
31Subaru505-3%366700%3232
32Jeep44141%3171642%3133
33Chrysler409-20%33590-19%3331
34MG361780%34546574%3438
35Abarth30515%3742011%3734
36SsangYong295228%35429163%3637
37Bentley25069%3247280%3535
38Aston Martin19941%40257-1%3836
39Maserati10398%38187115%3940
40Infiniti34-67%39116-3%4039
41Lotus26-30%42432%4141
42Perodua2-96%4112-88%4242
43Saab1n/a –10%4445
 –Other British10451% –2029% – –
 –Other Imports1466% –209-3% – –

Source: SMMT

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Dacia and renault interesting results, I wonder if it’s all down to increased footfall caused by dacia as the forecourts are shared. Love the website, well done and echo the top 40 models would be great!

  2. The UK top 10 doesn’t change much.
    I am very interested to see what happened between #11 and, say, #40.

    F.i. how many DS3’s (relat. popular car in England) , Clio/Capturs, Up’s and KIA’s were sold?

  3. About “who buys that expensive metal?”

    Bentley-, Maserati-, Ferrari- & AM dealers flourish because the City flourishes.
    Greed is back, especially in that one square mile in London.
    The banks payed 2 billion in bonuses between December and Feb.

  4. Who is buying all those Maseratis, a 115% increase for the first quarter, not me unfortunately and Bentley as well, up 80% in the first quarter, Perodua should give up and withdraw from the UK market, only 12 sold in the first quarter.

  5. I can’t believe the continuous growth either, Dacias are becoming more and more popular on British roads, Renault had a good month, will it continue?

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