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British car market hit in September the monthly sales record with the 43rd year on year growth.

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British car market hit in September the monthly sales record with the 43rd year on year growth in a string. While the top three brands reported shy growth BMW, Nissan, Audi and Mercedes boomed.

Economic Outlook

In Q2, the British economy accelerated on the back of strong household spending and a surge in exports. However, more recent data show that this acceleration is unlikely to have been sustained. Indeed, in August, retail sales grew at the slowest pace in nearly one year and the manufacturing PMI deteriorated.

Moreover, weak global demand coupled with a strong pound will weigh on the country’s exports. Nevertheless, low oil prices and subdued inflation will continue to support consumer spending in Q3. Consistent with that, consumer confidence improved in August.

Meanwhile, tension is mounting within the governing Conservative Party due to concerns that Prime Minister David Cameron will announce the date of the EU referendum in early October. The vote was initially set to take place in 2017, but could be held in early 2016.

Market Outlook

New car registrations path is on an unprecedented growth speed as September was the 43rd year on year growth, the best winning series actually in place worldwide.

Moreover, September sales volume, driven by the mid year new licence plate introduction (this is the time for the 65 code), hit the new single month record showing a still strong demand in all segments.Indeed private sales grew 13%, Fleet 15% and business 11%.

In addition, continuing the trend running throughout 2015, commercial vehicle (CV) registrations once again posted a healthy rise in September, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Boosted by the new 65-plate, overall CV registrations were up by a fifth in the month, led by a 24.8% increase in trucks, while van demand grew 19.6%.

Indeed, according to data released by S.M.M.T, total new car passengers sold in September had been 462.517, up 8.6%.

During the first nine months of the year sales had been 2.096.886, up 7.1%, from the correspondent period last year.

Competitive Arena

The top three brands outperformed the market this month with Ford registering 55.083 cars (+1.4%), Vauxhall (Opel) 43.848 (+6.5%) and Volkswagen 39.263 (+3.7%).

However, the followers reported high increase with BMW in fourth with 29.713 sales (+19.4%) followed by Nissan with 28.473 (+26.3%), Audi with 28.437 (+11.4%), Mercedes with 247.410 (+18.1%) and Toyota with 19.095 (+10.8%).

As far as the group’s performance, the leader Volkswagen in September scored a weak 19.4% of market share followed by Ford at 11.9%, Renault-Nissan at 11.4% and General Motors at 9.5% .

As far as best-selling models ranking, the Ford Fiesta was again on top with 22.807 sales (-19.3%), followed by the Vauxhall (Opel) with 15.670 (+8.0%) and  Ford Focus with 14.258 (+5.6%).

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank Sep Rank 2015 Brand Sales Sep Sales Ytd Var Sep Var Ytd Share Sep Share Ytd
1 1 Ford 55.083 268.328 1,4% 2,1% 11,9% 12,8%
2 2 Opel 43.848 212.100 6,5% 0,8% 9,5% 10,1%
3 3 Volkswagen 39.263 182.441 3,7% 8,2% 8,5% 8,7%
4 6 BMW 29.713 124.309 19,4% 9,5% 6,4% 5,9%
5 5 Nissan 28.473 124.967 26,3% 16,9% 6,2% 6,0%
6 4 Audi 28.437 133.300 11,4% 5,4% 6,1% 6,4%
7 7 Mercedes 27.610 116.509 18,1% 17,6% 6,0% 5,6%
8 9 Toyota 19.095 81.604 10,8% 7,3% 4,1% 3,9%
9 8 Peugeot 16.875 84.593 -5,5% -1,0% 3,6% 4,0%
10 10 Hyundai 15.504 70.623 4,3% 7,7% 3,4% 3,4%
11 14 Renault 15.148 59.221 16,6% 16,7% 3,3% 2,8%
12 12 Kia 13.980 64.208 5,2% 2,7% 3,0% 3,1%
13 11 Citroen 12.496 66.338 -12,4% -0,3% 2,7% 3,2%
14 15 Fiat 12.467 51.867 2,6% -3,6% 2,7% 2,5%
15 13 Skoda 11.384 60.144 3,6% -0,4% 2,5% 2,9%
16 17 Mini 11.095 47.182 11,0% 29,0% 2,4% 2,3%
17 18 Honda 10.734 43.563 11,3% -1,2% 2,3% 2,1%
18 20 Mazda 9.917 37.923 22,9% 20,9% 2,1% 1,8%
19 16 Land Rover 9.809 49.881 -10,1% 9,7% 2,1% 2,4%
20 19 Seat 8.655 40.520 -9,8% -4,9% 1,9% 1,9%
21 22 Suzuki 7.701 28.706 -4,6% -8,7% 1,7% 1,4%
22 21 Volvo 7.388 32.391 2,2% 5,2% 1,6% 1,5%
23 25 Jaguar 4.860 17.966 53,2% 22,8% 1,1% 0,9%
24 23 Dacia 4.455 20.386 26,5% 9,7% 1,0% 1,0%
25 24 Mitsubishi 2.686 18.100 -23,8% 62,2% 0,6% 0,9%
26 30 DS 2.584 4.549 0,6% 0,2%
27 26 Lexus 2.578 10.618 21,0% 23,1% 0,6% 0,5%
28 28 Jeep 2.097 8.420 175,2% 196,1% 0,5% 0,4%
29 27 Porsche 1.910 9.559 86,9% 47,4% 0,4% 0,5%
30 29 Smart 1.838 6.363 129,2% 58,4% 0,4% 0,3%
31 31 Alfa Romeo 878 3.924 -13,4% -12,1% 0,2% 0,2%
32 32 Subaru 821 2.734 33,1% 27,8% 0,2% 0,1%
33 33 SsangYong 806 2.681 122,0% 120,7% 0,2% 0,1%
34 35 Abarth 706 2.029 113,3% 57,8% 0,2% 0,1%
35 34 MG 511 2.461 43,1% 33,8% 0,1% 0,1%
37 36 Maserati 232 1.161 46,8% 26,1% 0,1% 0,1%
38 37 Bentley 152 1.027 -26,2% -11,5% 0,0% 0,0%
39 39 Aston Martin 148 727 2,8% 4,6% 0,0% 0,0%
40 38 Infiniti 106 891 -50,5% 50,8% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank Sep Rank 2015 Group Sales Sep Sales Ytd Var Sep Var Ytd Share Sep Share Ytd
1 1 Volkswagen 89.810 427.209 5,4% 5,2% 19,4% 20,4%
2 2 Ford 55.083 268.328 1,4% 2,1% 11,9% 12,8%
3 4 Renault-Nissan 48.182 205.465 22,7% 16,2% 10,4% 9,8%
4 3 General Motors 43.856 212.313 6,3% -0,6% 9,5% 10,1%
5 5 BMW 40.808 171.491 17,0% 14,2% 8,8% 8,2%
6 6 PSA 31.955 155.480 -0,6% 2,3% 6,9% 7,4%
7 7 Hyundai-Kia 29.484 134.831 4,7% 5,3% 6,4% 6,4%
8 8 Mercedes Daimler 29.448 122.872 21,8% 19,2% 6,4% 5,9%
9 9 Toyota 21.673 92.222 11,9% 8,9% 4,7% 4,4%
10 10 FCA 16.417 68.073 10,2% 3,6% 3,5% 3,2%

Rank Sep Rank 2015 Model Sales Sep YTD Sep Var Sep Var YTD Share Sep Share 2015
1 1 Ford Fiesta 22.807 107.015 -19,3% 4,0% 6,39% 5,6%
2 2 Opel Corsa 15.670 72.323 8,0% 15,4% 4,39% 3,8%
3 3 Ford Focus 14.258 68.487 5,6% 12,2% 4,00% 3,6%
4 4 Volkswagen Golf 13.603 60.311 -9,4% 2,8% 3,81% 3,1%
5 6 Volkswagen Polo 11.026 44.996 -2,5% 22,4% 3,09% 2,3%
6 5 Nissan Qashqai 10.119 49.349 29,0% 26,8% 2,84% 2,6%
7 9 Mini 8.754 36.215 63,0% 23,8% 2,45% 1,9%
8 7 Opel Astra 7.920 42.348 -27,1% -10,8% 2,22% 2,2%
9 13 BMW 3 Series 7.919 27.704 0,0% -6,6% 2,22% 1,4%
10 10 Opel Mokka 7.670 33.512 70,4% 38,5% 2,15% 1,7%

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