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All the planets are aligned for the UK market this year: low interest rates, attractive finance deals and a flow of new models priced aggressively have spruced up new car demand to record-high levels. Over the First Half of the year, 1.376.889 new cars found a buyer, just slipping past the previous record of 1.376.565 established over ten years ago in 2004. June marked the an incredible 40 consecutive month of year-on-year gains, also an all-time record for the UK car industry. SMMT predicts “a flatter second half of the year as the market finds its natural running rate”. At this rate, the UK new car market is headed towards a record 2.6 million annual units for 2015 which would be an all-time record, beating the 2.579.050 units hit in 2003. The UK market only managed over 2.5 million sales 3 times in the past: from 2002 to 2004.
Brand-wise, Ford (+2%) and Vauxhall (+1%) gain less ground than the market, resulting in lower market shares of 12.9% and 10.3% respectively, while Volkswagen (+8%) powers ahead to 8.7%, historically outselling Vauxhall in April. Audi holds onto a splendid 4th place with 86.009 units, Nissan is up a fantastic 18% to #5, Mercedes up 17% to #7 and Hyundai up 9% to #10. Outside the Top 10, Renault (+15%), Mazda (+18%), Land Rover (+20%), Lexus (+23%), Porsche (+33%), Mini (+46%), Mitsubishi (+120%) and Jeep (+229%) impress.
In the models ranking, the Ford Fiesta is headed towards an easy 7th consecutive win with sales up 3% to 71.990 units, over 20.000 above the next best-seller, and this time it’s the Vauxhall Corsa boosted 19% by a mix of previous gen runout prices and the new gen gracefully sliding into dealerships. The Ford Focus is kicked down to #3 above the VW Golf while the Nissan Qashqai is up a stunning 32% to break into an intermediate Top 5 for the very first time. The VW Polo (+26%) and Audi A3 (+11%) also shine, while the Mercedes C-Class and Mini, both up a spectacular 36% thanks to new generations and the addition of a 5-door variant as far as the Mini is concerned, break into the UK Top 10.
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