UK market report. Full year 2016. New record.

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UK Cars 2016 celebrate the new all time record, the second in a row. The light vehicles market was over 3 million units ranking as 6th in the World immediately behind India and Germany.

Market Outlook

The United Kingdom’s economy continues to hold up well. The economy was supported by a rebound in exports while domestic demand disappointed. Economic activity is performing well as the smooth political transition following the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron and the stimulus of the Central Bank are keeping consumer and business confidence at reasonable levels. However, the depreciation of the pound, rising inflation and insufficient wage hikes risk eroding household consumption.

Despite any pessimistic forecast, after the June referendum to leave EC, the automotive market has followed its own track, reporting only two months (July and December) below the 2015 and hitting the new all time record volume.

Indeed, BREXIT is not coming. The British parliament and government has not yet formally taken care of popular vote and when they will, the transaction period of 24 months will start. Our impression is that they will found how to avoid this event.

Ending the year with a shy December (sales at 178.022 units, down 1.1%) the British domestic car passenger market hit in the 2016 a new record with 2.692.786, up 2.3%, hitting the second consecutive all-time record year in the fifth raising year in a row.

Light commercial vehicles ended at their record as well, with 375.000 sales (+1.0%) with total light vehicles market at 3.068.000, for the second time about the 3 million units, ranking as 6th in the World.

Competitive Arena

Ford, Opel and Volkswagen were on top 3 despite the sales losses, while Renault, Mercedes, Kia, Honda and Land Rover reported performances, all in double digit. Jaguar hit the best increase with 34.822 sales, up 45.4%.

Less positive performance were registered for Peugeot and Fiat, but the worse ticket of the year was posted by Citroen, losing 21.3% at 62.991.

At model wise, the Ford Fiesta was the leader with 120.525 sales (-9.7%) followed by the Opel (Vauxhall) Corsa with 77.110 units (-15.2%) and third was the Ford Focus with 70.545 sales (-15.8%).

To see the best-selling ranking with the top 100 models in the year, see the dedicated report.

Research, Consulting, Data & Forecast Store

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Market Researches in PDF are immediately available for download with study on the market since 2005 and with forecast up to the 2020.

Auto Data in EXCEL are immediately downloadable with annual sales volume, split by month, for all brands and all models distributed in the market. This year data are released year to date, but you will receive a monthly update until the year-end.

All these and more within our United Kingdom Corner Store.

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 Dec Rank 2016 BRAND Sales December Sales 2016 FY Variation December Variation 2016 FY Share December Share 2016
1 1 Ford 20.741 318.316 -10,8% -5,1% 11,7% 11,8%
2 2 Opel 17.074 250.956 -18,0% -7,0% 9,6% 9,3%
3 3 Volkswagen 15.634 207.028 8,5% -7,5% 8,8% 7,7%
4 4 BMW 15.066 182.593 -12,3% 9,1% 8,5% 6,8%
5 5 Audi 11.319 177.304 23,8% 6,4% 6,4% 6,6%
6 7 Nissan 10.628 152.525 8,7% -0,9% 6,0% 5,7%
7 6 Mercedes 10.220 169.828 14,9% 16,9% 5,7% 6,3%
8 15 Mini 7.383 68.984 0,2% 8,5% 4,1% 2,6%
9 12 Renault 6.058 85.102 0,9% 12,5% 3,4% 3,2%
10 8 Peugeot 5.753 98.529 -12,7% -5,5% 3,2% 3,7%
11 13 Skoda 5.657 80.372 17,6% 7,6% 3,2% 3,0%
12 10 Hyundai 5.625 92.519 6,7% 5,0% 3,2% 3,4%
13 14 Land Rover 4.967 79.534 0,0% 19,5% 2,8% 3,0%
14 9 Toyota 4.642 96.746 -2,7% -2,0% 2,6% 3,6%
15 17 Fiat 3.929 60.581 -7,2% -5,7% 2,2% 2,2%
16 11 Kia 3.788 89.364 9,3% 13,9% 2,1% 3,3%
17 20 Volvo 3.736 46.696 4,7% 7,5% 2,1% 1,7%
18 19 Seat 3.348 47.456 60,6% -0,4% 1,9% 1,8%
19 18 Honda 3.294 59.106 17,9% 10,7% 1,9% 2,2%
20 16 Citroen 2.653 62.991 -44,4% -21,3% 1,5% 2,3%
21 23 Jaguar 2.520 34.822 31,3% 45,4% 1,4% 1,3%
22 22 Suzuki 2.264 38.167 16,2% 10,8% 1,3% 1,4%
23 21 Mazda 2.111 46.609 -5,3% 2,4% 1,2% 1,7%
24 24 Dacia 1.891 26.499 -5,6% 1,0% 1,1% 1,0%
25 29 Porsche 1.264 13.097 127,7% 7,6% 0,7% 0,5%
26 25 Mitsubishi 1.059 18.237 -29,1% -19,6% 0,6% 0,7%
27 30 Smart 848 12.020 30,1% 42,2% 0,5% 0,4%
28 27 Jeep 813 14.090 7,1% 30,5% 0,5% 0,5%
29 28 Lexus 750 13.915 -16,1% 4,9% 0,4% 0,5%
30 26 DS 580 15.898 -57,3% 84,6% 0,3% 0,6%
31 33 MG 367 4.192 29,7% 33,0% 0,2% 0,2%
32 35 Subaru 330 3.612 9,3% 4,5% 0,2% 0,1%
33 31 Alfa Romeo 292 4.881 -21,9% -3,7% 0,2% 0,2%
34 34 Abarth 276 3.966 55,9% 44,6% 0,2% 0,1%
35 37 Tesla 208 2.496 156,8% 202,9% 0,1% 0,1%
36 32 SsangYong 174 4.453 -10,3% 33,2% 0,1% 0,2%
37 39 Maserati 150 1.435 117,4% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
38 38 Bentley 128 1.948 34,7% 41,3% 0,1% 0,1%
39 41 Perodua 114 422 -8,1% -21,9% 0,1% 0,0%
40 40 Aston Martin 107 906 64,6% -4,5% 0,1% 0,0%
41 36 Infiniti 78 2.891 18,2% 141,9% 0,0% 0,1%

Rank Dec Rank 2016 GROUP Sales December Sales 2016 FY Variation December Variation 2016 FY Share December Share 2016 FY
1 1 Volkswagen 37.368 527.317 20,1% 0,2% 21,0% 19,6%
3 2 Ford 20.741 318.316 -10,8% -5,1% 11,7% 11,8%
4 3 Renault-Nissan 18.655 267.017 4,5% 3,9% 10,5% 9,9%
2 4 BMW 22.469 251.870 -8,6% 8,8% 12,6% 9,4%
5 5 General Motors 17.107 251.192 -18,0% -7,0% 9,6% 9,3%
7 6 Hyundai-Kia 9.413 181.883 7,7% 9,2% 5,3% 6,8%
6 7 Mercedes Daimler 11.068 181.848 16,0% 18,3% 6,2% 6,8%
8 8 PSA 8.986 177.418 -29,3% -8,0% 5,0% 6,6%
9 9 Tata 7.487 114.356 8,7% 26,3% 4,2% 4,2%
11 10 Toyota 5.392 110.661 -4,8% -1,2% 3,0% 4,1%

Rank Dec Rank 2016 Model Sales December Sales 2016 Variation December Variation 2016
1 1 Ford Fiesta 8.198 120.525 -8,7% -9,7%
2 6 Opel Astra 6.134 60.719 50,5% 16,3%
3 4 Volkswagen Golf 5.355 69.492 11,2% -5,3%
4 3 Ford Focus 4.991 70.545 0,2% -15,8%
5 8 Mini 4.637 48.328 -13,6% 2,7%
6 2 Opel Corsa 3.938 77.110 -43,0% -15,2%
7 7 Volkswagen Polo 3.650 54.448 15,0% -0,8%
8 12 Nissan Juke 3.368 39.031 -6,0% -4,1%
9 5 Nissan Qashqai 3.202 62.682 -1,4% 3,1%
10 9 Mercedes C Class 3.063 44.184 36,6% 5,7%

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