UK 2017. Volkswagen takes the second place in a market down 5%

UK Cars Sales 2017 Aston_Martin-Vanquish_S_Ultimate-2018

UK Cars Sales fell 5.4% in the 2017 with all the second half down in double-digit and December down 14%. Ford still market leader albeit losing share while Vauxhall has lost the second place, taken by Volkswagen, aiming to improve profitability.

British economy continues to send mixed signals in the second half of the year. Recent data show that growth in Q3 beat expectations, thanks to a resilient service sector and a jump in industrial production. In addition, both the services and manufacturing PMIs moved further into positive territory in October, while the unemployment rate remained at a multi-decade low in the third quarter. However, over the same period employment fell and the inactivity rate rose compared to Q2, hinting at a slight softening in a labor market which had remained rock-solid despite Brexit uncertainty. Growth has also lagged significantly behind the EU average since the start of the year, and with continuing negative real wage growth, private consumption is being fueled by consumers running down their savings.

The automotive industry is a key pillar of the local economy and a strong export factor since years and despite all local brands had been acquired by foreign companies and therefore the sector has to re-think many strategies now that the BREXIT process is ongoing. In the short-term, the market is seen in moderate decline, after years of stable growth and the all time record hit last year. In the middle term, the market should be hit be the effects of BREXIT on the economy.

British vehicles market flourished in recent years hitting two consecutive all time record in 2015 and 2016 overtaking for the first time the milestone of 3 million light vehicles sales in a year. Car passenger’ record was established in the 2016 with 2.692.000 units. However, since mid 2016 the market ended the speed and has progressively taken a descendent track.

Indeed, according to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation, in the 2017 full year sales have been 2.540.000, down 5.4%.  2018 outlook is negative and sales are foreseen near 2.3 million units.

  Sales 2012 Sales 2013 Sales 2014 Sales 2015 Sales 2016 Sales 2017 Sales 2018 e
Car 2.044.609 2.264.737 2.476.435 2.633.483 2.692.786 2.540.977 2.311.327
LCV 239.641 271.073 321.686 383.814 375.687 362.081 329.441
Total 2.284.250 2.535.810 2.798.121 3.017.297 3.068.473 2.903.058 2.640.768
  2012 Var 2013 Var 2014 Var 2015 Var 2016 Var 2017 Var 2018 var e
Car 5,3% 10,8% 9,3% 6,3% 2,3% -5,6% -9,0%
LCV -7,9% 13,1% 18,7% 19,3% -2,1% -3,6% -9,0%
Total 3,8% 11,0% 10,3% 7,8% 1,7% -5,4% -9,0%

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Brand-wise, Ford is still on top of the list albeit the trend is below the industry and the year was ended with 287.396 sales (-9.7%).

Volkswagen gained the second place with 208.452 sales (+0.7%) overtaking Vauxhall (Opel in the tables) down 22.2% with 195.137 units. This brand is expected to keep losing volume in the next months as the new owner (PSA) input is to cut unprofitable sales.

In fourth place Mercedes with 180.970 units (+6.6%) followed by BMW with 175.101 (-4.1%), Audi with 174.197 units (-1.3%), Nissan with 151.156 (-0.9%), Toyota with 101.985 (+5.4%), Hyundai with 93.403 (+1.0%) and in 10th place Kia with 93.222 (+4.3%).

As far as the UK Best Selling Cars ranking, see here.

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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 2017 Ran Dec Brand Sales 2017 Sales Dec Variation 2017 Variation Dec Share 2017 Share Dec
1 1 Ford 287.396 15.541 -9,7% -25,1% 11,3% 10,2%
2 2 Volkswagen 208.462 15.345 0,7% -1,8% 8,2% 10,1%
3 4 Opel 195.137 13.303 -22,2% -22,1% 7,7% 8,7%
4 6 Mercedes 180.970 10.427 6,6% 2,0% 7,1% 6,8%
5 3 BMW 175.101 13.471 -4,1% -10,6% 6,9% 8,8%
6 5 Audi 174.982 10.671 -1,3% -5,7% 6,9% 7,0%
7 7 Nissan 151.156 7.759 -0,9% -27,0% 5,9% 5,1%
8 10 Toyota 101.985 5.188 5,4% 11,8% 4,0% 3,4%
9 11 Hyundai 93.403 5.026 1,0% -10,6% 3,7% 3,3%
10 15 Kia 93.222 3.773 4,3% -0,4% 3,7% 2,5%
11 12 Land Rover 82.653 4.186 3,9% -15,7% 3,3% 2,7%
12 13 Peugeot 82.226 4.134 -16,5% -28,1% 3,2% 2,7%
13 9 Skoda 79.758 6.433 -0,8% 13,7% 3,1% 4,2%
14 17 Renault 69.110 3.194 -18,8% -47,3% 2,7% 2,1%
15 8 Mini 68.166 7.127 -1,2% -3,5% 2,7% 4,7%
16 14 Seat 56.130 3.848 18,3% 14,9% 2,2% 2,5%
17 18 Honda 53.901 2.632 -8,8% -20,1% 2,1% 1,7%
18 20 Citroen 51.455 2.180 -18,3% -17,8% 2,0% 1,4%
19 16 Volvo 46.139 3.195 -1,2% -14,5% 1,8% 2,1%
20 22 Fiat 44.475 1.645 -26,6% -58,1% 1,8% 1,1%
21 19 Suzuki 40.343 2.329 5,7% 2,9% 1,6% 1,5%
22 23 Mazda 39.092 1.569 -16,1% -25,7% 1,5% 1,0%
23 21 Jaguar 35.544 2.009 2,1% -20,3% 1,4% 1,3%
24 26 Dacia 25.149 983 -5,1% -48,0% 1,0% 0,6%
25 24 Mitsubishi 16.092 1.227 -11,8% 15,9% 0,6% 0,8%
26 25 Porsche 14.051 1.036 7,3% -18,0% 0,6% 0,7%
27 27 Lexus 12.670 772 -8,9% 2,9% 0,5% 0,5%
28 28 Smart 10.323 456 -14,1% -46,2% 0,4% 0,3%
29 32 DS 9.082 277 -42,9% -52,2% 0,4% 0,2%
30 34 Jeep 6.380 261 -54,7% -67,9% 0,3% 0,2%
31 31 Alfa Romeo 4.997 304 2,4% 4,1% 0,2% 0,2%
32 29 MG 4.441 454 5,9% 23,7% 0,2% 0,3%
32 33 Abarth 4.441 272 12,0% -1,4% 0,2% 0,2%
33 30 Tesla 4.368 410 75,0% 97,1% 0,2% 0,3%
34 36 SsangYong 3.590 141 -19,4% -19,0% 0,1% 0,1%
35 41 Infiniti 3.515 59 21,6% -24,4% 0,1% 0,0%
36 35 Subaru 2.679 246 -25,8% -25,5% 0,1% 0,2%
37 38 Bentley 1.753 122 -10,0% -4,7% 0,1% 0,1%
38 37 Maserati 1.701 125 18,5% -16,7% 0,1% 0,1%
39 39 Aston Martin 1.471 78 62,4% -27,1% 0,1% 0,1%
40 40 Perodua 694 70
41 McLaren 544
42 43 Rolls-Royce 416 30
43 43 Proton 407 30
44 42 Morgan 334 50
45 45 Lamborghini 280 20
46 Lotus 268
47 44 Ferrari 221 29
48 46 Cadillac 141 18
49 46 Corvette 97 18
50 Chevrolet 66
Rank 2017 Ran Dec Group Sales 2017 Sales Dec Variation 2017 Variation Dec Share 2017 Share Dec
1 1 Volkswagen Group 535.416 37.475 1,5% 0,3% 21,1% 24,6%
2 3 P.S.A. 337.900 19.894 -21,1% -23,7% 13,3% 13,0%
3 4 Ford M.C. 287.396 15.541 -9,7% -25,1% 11,3% 10,2%
4 5 Renault Nissan Alliance 265.022 13.222 -7,1% -32,9% 10,4% 8,7%
5 2 BMW 243.683 20.628 -3,3% -8,2% 9,6% 13,5%
6 6 Mercedes Benz 191.293 10.883 5,2% -1,7% 7,5% 7,1%
7 7 Hyundai-Kia 186.625 8.799 2,6% -6,5% 7,3% 5,8%
8 8 Tata 118.197 6.195 3,4% -17,3% 4,7% 4,1%
9 9 Toyota M.C. 114.655 5.960 3,6% 10,5% 4,5% 3,9%
10 11 F.C.A. 62.215 2.636 -27,0% -52,1% 2,4% 1,7%
Rank 2017 Rank Dec Model Sales 2017 Sales Dec Variation 2017 Variation Dec
1 3 Ford Fiesta 94.533 5.029 -21,6% -38,7%
2 1 Volkswagen Golf 74.605 6.209 7,4% 15,9%
3 6 Ford Focus 69.903 3.624 -0,9% -27,4%
4 7 Nissan Qashqai 64.216 3.534 2,4% 10,4%
5 18 Opel Corsa 52.772 2.033 -31,6% -48,4%
6 5 Opel Astra 49.370 3.837 -18,7% -37,4%
7 14 Volkswagen Polo 47.855 2.357 -12,1% -35,4%
8 4 Mini 47.708 4.370 -1,3% -5,8%
9 17 Mercedes C Class 45.912 2.120 3,9% -30,8%
10 11 Mercedes A Class 43.717 2.712 6,2% 8,5%

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