UK October. Sales down 12%.

UK Cars Sales 2017 Aston_Martin-Vanquish_S_Ultimate-2018

UK Cars Sales fell 12 in October confirming the falling trend started with the disappointing June election and the sharp deterioration in consumer sentiment. Ford struggle during the Fiesta replacement while Vauxhall is in free fall.

British economy has sunk into a new lower-growth trajectory, with the UK lagging behind many other advanced economies so far this year. Although greater current and capital spending in the public sector propped up the economy in the second quarter, growth was dragged down by stalling business investment and meager private consumption, with households hit by declining real wages. The  since the elections in early June doesn’t bode well for private consumption going forward.

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 established in the 2016 was 2.692.000 units. However, since mid 2016 the market ended the speed and afer a stable period a descending trend has been taken. Expectations for 2018 are down near 10%.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 e 2018 e
Car 2.044.609 2.264.737 2.476.435 2.633.483 2.692.786 2.572.818 2.340.192
LCV 239.641 271.073 321.686 383.814 375.687 368.188 329.683
Total 2.284.250 2.535.810 2.798.121 3.017.297 3.068.473 2.941.006 2.669.875

  2012 Var 2013 Var 2014 Var 2015 Var 2016 Var 2017 Var e. 2018 var e
Car 5,3% 10,8% 9,3% 6,3% 2,3% -4,5% -9,0%
LCV -7,9% 13,1% 18,7% 19,3% -2,1% -2,0% -10,5%
Total 3,8% 11,0% 10,3% 7,8% 1,7% -4,2% -9,2%

Indeed, according to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation, car passenger’s sales were 1.4 million in the first half, down a little 1.3%, before to drop down 8.8% in the third quarter. In October sales have been 158.192 (-12.2%) with year to date figures at 2.224.000, down 4.5%.

Brand-wise, Ford is losing more than the industry with year to date sales at 253.760 (-7.9%) while all German brands are taking advantages by local brands difficulties with Volkswagen second with 179.137 sales (+1.2%) overtaking Vauxhall (Opel in the tables) down 21.3% with 171.491 units.

In fourth place Mercedes with 158.478 (+6.9%) followed by Audi with 152.234 units (-0.5%), BMW with 148.849 (-2.2%), Nissan with 135.574 (+3.0%), Toyota with 90.844 (+5.3%), Kia with 83.471 (+4.9%) and Hyundai with 81.868 (+1.9%).

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 Rank Oct Brand Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct Share 2017 Share Oct
1 1 Ford 253.760 19.580 -7,9% -8,6% 11,4% 12,4%
2 2 Volkswagen 179.132 13.756 1,2% -1,9% 8,1% 8,7%
3 6 Opel 171.491 9.740 -21,3% -34,8% 7,7% 6,2%
4 4 Mercedes 158.478 12.136 6,9% 7,1% 7,1% 7,7%
5 3 Audi 152.234 13.699 -0,5% -6,5% 6,8% 8,7%
6 5 BMW 148.849 11.056 -2,2% -18,4% 6,7% 7,0%
7 7 Nissan 135.574 8.183 3,0% -30,6% 6,1% 5,2%
8 10 Toyota 90.844 6.042 5,3% 13,3% 4,1% 3,8%
9 8 Kia 83.471 6.900 4,9% 4,7% 3,8% 4,4%
10 9 Hyundai 81.868 6.553 1,9% -0,5% 3,7% 4,1%
11 12 Peugeot 73.019 5.201 -16,0% -12,2% 3,3% 3,3%
12 11 Land Rover 72.226 5.270 4,2% -6,6% 3,2% 3,3%
13 13 Skoda 68.208 4.941 -0,8% -9,0% 3,1% 3,1%
14 16 Renault 61.850 3.204 -14,7% -26,5% 2,8% 2,0%
15 17 Mini 54.945 3.144 -2,8% -34,4% 2,5% 2,0%
16 14 Seat 48.335 4.098 19,5% 16,2% 2,2% 2,6%
17 19 Honda 47.746 2.962 -8,9% 6,4% 2,1% 1,9%
18 18 Citroen 46.426 3.016 -19,1% -14,2% 2,1% 1,9%
19 20 Fiat 40.916 2.463 -23,2% -27,5% 1,8% 1,6%
20 15 Volvo 39.876 3.302 2,5% -18,0% 1,8% 2,1%
21 22 Suzuki 35.488 1.803 5,8% -8,2% 1,6% 1,1%
22 23 Mazda 35.432 1.655 -15,6% -25,2% 1,6% 1,0%
23 21 Jaguar 30.881 1.827 5,0% -38,7% 1,4% 1,2%
24 24 Dacia 22.700 1.625 -2,2% -28,7% 1,0% 1,0%
25 25 Mitsubishi 13.742 968 -13,5% -14,8% 0,6% 0,6%
26 26 Porsche 11.864 931 10,6% 0,2% 0,5% 0,6%
27 27 Lexus 11.123 725 -9,1% -10,7% 0,5% 0,5%
28 28 Smart 9.340 580 -8,9% -35,7% 0,4% 0,4%
29 29 DS 8.275 444 -42,7% -35,4% 0,4% 0,3%
30 32 Jeep 5.772 280 -54,0% -64,1% 0,3% 0,2%
31 31 Alfa Romeo 4.302 293 0,9% 29,1% 0,2% 0,2%
32 30 Abarth 3.803 303 11,9% 10,6% 0,2% 0,2%
33 34 Tesla 3.608 195 73,5% 18,9% 0,2% 0,1%
34 35 MG 3.515 194 -1,3% -24,5% 0,2% 0,1%
35 36 Infiniti 3.252 157 24,2% 31,9% 0,1% 0,1%
36 33 SsangYong 3.215 210 -20,3% 11,7% 0,1% 0,1%
37 39 Subaru 2.217 99 -27,6% -61,3% 0,1% 0,1%
38 38 Bentley 1.495 132 -12,5% -22,8% 0,1% 0,1%
39 37 Maserati 1.452 146 21,9% 84,8% 0,1% 0,1%
40 40 Aston Martin 1.318 87 86,2% 70,6% 0,1% 0,1%
41 41 Perodua 546 78
42 42 McLaren 492 45
43 43 Rolls-Royce 356 30
44 43 Proton 347 30
45 45 Morgan 264 20
46 44 Lotus 254 26
47 45 Lamborghini 240 20
48 45 Ferrari 172 20
49 46 Cadillac 115 10
50 47 Corvette 71 8
51 48 Chevrolet 64 5

Rank 2017 Rank Oct Group Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct Share 2017 Share Oct
1 1 Volkswagen Group 461.508 37.577 2,2% -3,0% 20,7% 23,8%
2 3 P.S.A. 299.211 18.401 -20,6% -26,6% 13,4% 11,6%
3 2 Ford M.C. 253.760 19.580 -7,9% -8,6% 11,4% 12,4%
4 5 Renault Nissan Alliance 237.118 14.137 -3,5% -28,2% 10,7% 8,9%
5 4 BMW 204.150 14.230 -2,3% -22,4% 9,2% 9,0%
6 7 Mercedes Benz 167.818 12.716 5,9% 3,9% 7,5% 8,0%
7 6 Hyundai-Kia 165.339 13.453 3,4% 2,1% 7,4% 8,5%
8 8 Tata 103.107 7.097 4,5% -17,7% 4,6% 4,5%
9 9 Toyota M.C. 101.967 6.767 3,5% 10,1% 4,6% 4,3%
10 10 F.C.A. 56.417 3.505 -24,7% -26,3% 2,5% 2,2%

Rank 2017 Rank Oct Model Sales 2017 Sales Oct Variation 2017 Variation Oct
1 1 Ford Fiesta 83.070 7.256 -20,1% -7,0%
2 2 Volkswagen Golf 62.565 5.547 5,2% 22,7%
3 3 Ford Focus 62.029 4.503 1,3% 9,9%
4 4 Nissan Qashqai 57.120 3.923 3,4% -20,7%
5 25 Opel Corsa 48.315 1.715 -29,8% -56,1%
6 10 Volkswagen Polo 43.158 2.703 -8,5% -23,2%
7 20 Opel Astra 43.116 1.866 -13,3% -62,6%
8 15 Mercedes C Class 41.281 2.226 8,9% -23,9%
9 16 Mini 39.003 2.180 -2,3% -31,3%
10 6 Mercedes A Class 37.937 3.390 4,8% 41,3%

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