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UK June 2017: VW Golf becomes best-seller for the 2nd time ever

The VW Golf is up 30% to snap its 2nd ever UK pole position. 

* See the Top 10 best-selling models and Top 42 brands by clicking on the title *

It’s a third consecutive month of decline for the UK new car market which continues to readjust after the recent changes to Vehicle Excise Duty triggered a pull-forward effect in March. Sales slow down their fall in June at -4.8% to 243.454 units, bringing the year-to-date tally down 1.3% to 1.401.811 units. All channels decline this month: private sales are down 7.8%, fleet sales down 2.4% and business sales down 8.3%. Alternatively fuelled vehicles on the other hand are up 29% to 10.721 registrations, holding a record 4.4% of the market for the second month running.

The Ford Focus is up 21% to #3. Picture whatcar.co.uk 

Brand-wise, leader Ford falls faster than the market at -10% to 11.1% share while Volkswagen surges 18% to hold the 2nd place for the second consecutive month, outselling Vauxhall in freefall at -18%. BMW (+2%), Mercedes (+1%) and Audi (+4%) follow, with BMW overtaking Audi for 5th place year-to-date. In the Top 20, only Seat (+15%) manages a double-digit year-on-year gain along with Volkswagen. Further down, Porsche (+30%) and Dacia (+45%) shine while among struggling manufacturers, Renault (-20%), Fiat (-21%), Citroen (-22%), Infiniti (-33%), Subaru (-38%), DS (-51%) and Jeep (-75%) fare the worst.

The Vauxhall Astra is up 24% in June in the UK. 

The models ranking is the theatre of an extremely rare event: a new #1. For the first time since December 2014 (Vauxhall Corsa), the Ford Fiesta isn’t the best-seller in the UK. For only the second time in its 43-year career after February 2011, this honour goes to the VW Golf as it transitions with the facelifted model available this summer. The Golf soars 30% on June 2016 to 8.808 units, almost 200 more than the Fiesta down a harsh 24%. This first win earns the Golf a third spot in the year-to-date ranking, overtaking the Nissan Qashqai. The Ford Focus (+21%) and Vauxhall Astra (+24%) also impress inside the Top 4 whereas the Vauxhall Corsa (-35%) and Nissan Qashqai (-13%) are in difficulty. The BMW 3 Series (#8) snaps its first Top 10 UK ranking since last February.

Previous month: UK May 2017: Volkswagen #2 brand in market down 8.5%

One year ago: UK June 2016: Brexit triggers 2nd year-on-year drop in 4 years

Full June 2017 Top 10 models and Top 42 brands ranking tables below.

UK June 2017 – models:

PosModelJun-17%/16May
1VW Golf8,8083.6%30%2
2Ford Fiesta8,6013.5%-24%1
3Ford Focus8,2833.4%21%4
4Vauxhall Astra6,9772.9%24%6
5Mini6,6302.7%6%9
6Vauxhall Corsa5,7392.4%-35%7
7Nissan Qashqai5,1032.1%-13%3
8VW Polo4,7051.9%-5%5
9BMW 3 Series4,2641.8%n/an/a
10Mercedes C-Class4,1021.7%0%8
n/aMercedes A-Class3,7221.5%n/a10

UK June 2017 – brands:

PosBrandJun-17%/16May
1Ford27,09511.1%-10%1
2Volkswagen22,6399.3%18%2
3Vauxhall20,9818.6%-18%4
4BMW19,1497.9%2%6
5Mercedes15,7156.5%1%3
6Audi15,0816.2%4%5
7Nissan13,0675.4%-5%7
8Toyota9,5563.9%-4%9
9Mini9,0153.7%3%14
10Kia7,9723.3%-5%11
11Hyundai7,9653.3%-4%8
12Peugeot7,6883.2%-12%12
13Skoda7,5123.1%-17%10
14Renault7,3163.0%-20%15
15Land Rover6,2012.5%9%13
16Fiat5,0622.1%-21%16
17Honda5,0432.1%-2%19
18Volvo5,0182.1%4%20
19Seat4,9012.0%15%18
20Citroen4,6851.9%-22%17
21Suzuki3,4861.4%4%21
22Mazda3,2551.3%-19%23
23Jaguar2,9601.2%1%22
24Dacia2,8451.2%45%24
25Mitsubishi1,3610.6%8%26
26Porsche1,3020.5%30%25
27Lexus1,1610.5%-15%28
28Smart8810.4%-12%27
29DS8720.4%-51%29
30Alfa Romeo4480.2%8%35
31Abarth4380.2%7%32
32Infiniti3830.2%-33%31
33Jeep3630.1%-75%33
34SsangYong3620.1%-8%34
35MG3140.1%-7%30
36Subaru2020.1%-38%36
37Bentley1680.1%-11%38
38Aston Martin1120.0%32%37
39Maserati1070.0%-34%39
40McLaren560.0%n/a40
41Lotus460.0%411%42
42Chevrolet70.0%n/a41
 –Other Imports5990.2%33% –
 –Other British650.0%-14% –

Source: SMMT

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