UK August. The downhill way is taken. Sales down 6%

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UK Cars Sales trend is changed after the disappointing June election and the sharp deterioration in consumer sentiment opens the road downhill. Indeed both July and August have been negative and September is expected to be harsh. German’s brands shine.

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.

Thanks to the recent year strong improvement, the domestic new car passenger’s market is navigating at highest level ever and is not ye showing any effect due to the Brexit, as a moderate decline was due, after the stellar increase.

And indeed this is the actual trend with first half sales of 1.4 million vehicles down 1.3% and after having digested the effect of the recalibration of vehicles Excise Duty (VED) that has resulted in many purchases brought forward to March in order to still benefit from the old regime, and in a consequent fall in the second quarter.

The recalibration of the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is in place since April 1st, including the end of a VED exemption for ultra-low emission vehicles.

The next months outlook is stable with sales expected to confirm the level achieved with marginal variations over last year.

According to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation,  July car passenger’s sales have been down a sharp 9.7% followed by August sales at 76.433 units, down 6.4$ with year to date figures at 1.640.601, down 2.4%

Year to date, Ford is protecting its position with 194.484 sales (-5.2%) followed by Vauxhall (Opel in the tables) in free fall, with 130.693 units (-19.0%), Volkswagen with 129.044 units (-0.2%), Mercedes with 114.912 (+9.5%), Audi with 108.916 units (+1.5%), BMW with 106.328 (+0.3%) and Nissan with 98.581 (+7.1%).

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 Aug Brand Sales 2017 Sales Aug Var 2017 Var Aug Share 2017 Share Aug
1 1 Ford 194.484 9.234 -5,2% -21,1% 11,9% 12,1%
2 3 Opel 130.693 6.678 -19,0% -22,2% 8,0% 8,7%
3 2 Volkswagen 129.044 6.923 -0,2% 21,6% 7,9% 9,1%
4 5 Mercedes 114.912 4.738 9,5% 1,9% 7,0% 6,2%
5 4 Audi 108.916 6.301 1,5% 1,7% 6,6% 8,2%
6 6 BMW 106.328 4.607 0,3% -3,1% 6,5% 6,0%
7 7 Nissan 98.581 3.710 7,1% 5,9% 6,0% 4,9%
8 10 Toyota 65.580 2.742 5,7% 25,0% 4,0% 3,6%
9 8 Kia 60.865 3.060 5,7% -20,5% 3,7% 4,0%
10 12 Hyundai 58.728 2.441 3,6% 0,0% 3,6% 3,2%
11 11 Peugeot 55.008 2.601 -15,2% -17,8% 3,4% 3,4%
12 9 Skoda 52.507 2.918 3,5% 8,6% 3,2% 3,8%
13 19 Land Rover 52.452 1.512 7,0% -3,9% 3,2% 2,0%
14 16 Renault 46.268 1.852 -9,0% -25,5% 2,8% 2,4%
15 18 Mini 39.519 1.524 2,4% -5,2% 2,4% 2,0%
16 13 Seat 35.894 2.232 21,2% 22,9% 2,2% 2,9%
17 14 Citroen 35.109 2.054 -21,4% -20,8% 2,1% 2,7%
18 15 Honda 34.953 1.886 -8,4% 3,3% 2,1% 2,5%
19 20 Fiat 31.913 1.283 -17,2% -25,4% 1,9% 1,7%
20 22 Volvo 28.709 786 6,2% 1,3% 1,7% 1,0%
21 17 Suzuki 26.366 1.758 8,9% 27,0% 1,6% 2,3%
22 21 Mazda 26.247 1.209 -13,5% -4,7% 1,6% 1,6%
23 24 Jaguar 23.155 565 16,0% -21,7% 1,4% 0,7%
24 23 Dacia 16.616 769 6,0% -9,0% 1,0% 1,0%
25 25 Mitsubishi 10.387 436 -14,1% 18,8% 0,6% 0,6%
26 28 Porsche 8.899 294 16,4% -1,7% 0,5% 0,4%
27 31 Lexus 7.490 205 -11,1% -12,4% 0,5% 0,3%
28 27 Smart 7.059 303 1,3% -13,9% 0,4% 0,4%
29 26 DS 5.981 312 -46,4% -38,1% 0,4% 0,4%
30 30 Jeep 4.433 207 -52,2% -57,6% 0,3% 0,3%
31 34 Alfa Romeo 3.168 143 -3,6% -3,4% 0,2% 0,2%
32 35 Tesla 2.933 127 84,5% -5,2% 0,2% 0,2%
33 33 Abarth 2.720 152 17,2% 12,6% 0,2% 0,2%
34 29 Infiniti 2.688 216 19,8% -22,9% 0,2% 0,3%
35 36 SsangYong 2.551 100 -10,9% -54,3% 0,2% 0,1%
36 32 MG 2.479 181 7,8% 82,8% 0,2% 0,2%
37 39 Subaru 1.608 44 -21,4% -36,2% 0,1% 0,1%
38 37 Bentley 1.164 75 -4,4% 8,7% 0,1% 0,1%
39 38 Maserati 1.122 53 22,9% -24,3% 0,1% 0,1%
40 44 Aston Martin 1.087 21
41 47 McLaren 327 6
42 Perodua 285
43 41 Rolls-Royce 248 31
44 40 Proton 240 40
45 46 Lotus 208 15
46 42 Morgan 184 23
47 43 Lamborghini 176 22
48 45 Ferrari 126 19
49 46 Cadillac 90 15
50 48 Chevrolet 53 4
51 47 Corvette 48 6

Rank 2017 Rank Aug Group Sales 2017 Sales Aug Var 2017 Var Aug Share 2017 Share Aug
1 1 Volkswagen 336.600 18.765 3,3% 12,0% 20,5% 24,6%
2 2 Ford 194.484 9.234 -5,2% -21,1% 11,9% 12,1%
3 3 Renault-Nissan 174.540 6.983 1,0% -6,6% 10,6% 9,1%
4 5 BMW 146.095 6.162 0,8% -3,2% 8,9% 8,1%
5 4 General Motors 130.884 6.703 -18,9% -21,9% 8,0% 8,8%
6 7 Mercedes D. 121.971 5.041 9,0% 0,8% 7,4% 6,6%
7 6 Hyundai-Kia 119.593 5.501 4,6% -12,5% 7,3% 7,2%
8 8 PSA 96.098 4.967 -20,4% -20,7% 5,9% 6,5%
9 10 Tata 75.607 2.077 9,6% -9,5% 4,6% 2,7%
10 9 Toyota 73.070 2.947 3,7% 21,4% 4,5% 3,9%

Ran 2017 Rank Aug Model Sales 2017 Sales Aug Var 2017 Var Aug
1 2 Ford Fiesta 64.988 2.236 -14,9% -50,8%
2 4 Ford Focus 47.291 1.995 2,5% -20,8%
3 1 Volkswagen Golf 44.218 2.279 0,6% 22,9%
4 10 Nissan Qashqai 39.698 1.484 0,1% -0,5%
5 7 Opel Corsa 38.038 1.659 -24,5% -30,7%
6 9 Opel Astra 36.360 1.485 3,1% -23,1%
7 5 Volkswagen Polo 32.266 1.834 -4,8% 3,9%
8 11 Mercedes C Class 31.471 1.257 19,2% -3,9%
9 13 Mini 28.736 1.100 3,7% -6,8%
10 12 Mercedes A Class 26.875 1.122 1,9% -51,2%

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