UK new car registrations return to growth in November. Land Rover up 93%.

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UK new car registrations return to growth in November with sales up 3% pulled up by strong performance of domestic producers with Vauxhall up 25% and Ford 12%. Phenomenal performance was scored by Land Rover, up 93%.

Economic Outlook

In Q3, the British economy lost steam and GDP expanded 0.5% on a sequential basis. The disappointing figure was the result of a slowdown in industry due to feeble manufacturing figures as factories struggled with a strong pound and weak external demand. Moreover, in Q3 the construction sector recorded the first contraction in nearly two years.

However, the service sector—which accounts for the bulk of the economy—expanded at the fastest rate so far this year. Earlier this month, Prime Minister David Cameron set out his plan to reform the country’s membership terms in the European Union. The demands focus on immigration, power delegation, fairness in the single market and economic competitiveness. While the move is a step closer towards holding an EU referendum, it also risks provoking confrontation between Cameron and the eurosceptics within his own party.

Market Outlook

Following October’s decline – the first in 44 months – registrations of new cars in the UK returned to growth in November, according to figures released today by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (S.M.M.T.) with 178,876 cars registered in the month, an increase of 3.8% over November 2014, while the overall market in the first 11 months of 2015 has seen 6.2% growth to 2,453,426 units.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “November’s figures come as a reminder of the strength of the UK car market, as low interest rates and competitive finance deals continue to attract consumers to new car ownership. We have been expecting a levelling-off in demand for some time now – a development that is being realised following an unprecedented three-and-a-half years of non-stop growth.”

Competitive Arena

Ford and Vauxhall (Opel in the tables below) led the market recovery in November respectively with 21.597 (+12.7%) and 20.945 (+25.8%) sales, followed by Volkswagen with 12.958 (-20.0%) that has reported the highest lost in Europe after the discovery of emission scandal.

Behind the three premium brands, BMW with 11.963 (-3.2%), Audi with 11.083 (-4.4%) and Mercedes with 9.929 (+12.7%) while Land Rover in 9th place reported a phenomenal increase, +93.3% ove last year fueled by the new Discovery Sport and Evoque facelift.

As far as the group’s performance, the leader Volkswagen fell at 18.2% of market share, down 1.8 points, followed by Ford at 12.1%,  and General Motors at 10.2% .

As far as best-selling models ranking, the Ford Fiesta was again on top with 7.826 sales (+2.2%), followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (Opel) with 7.267 (+50.2%) and  Ford Focus with 4.868 (+55.7%).

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 Nov Rank 2015 Brand Nov YTD Nov Var Nov Var 2015 Nov 2015
1 1 Ford 21.597 312.006 12,7% 1,9% 12,1% 12,7%
2 2 Opel 20.945 248.936 25,8% 1,2% 11,7% 10,1%
3 3 Volkswagen 12.958 209.369 -20,0% 4,5% 7,2% 8,5%
4 5 BMW 11.963 150.210 -3,2% 10,1% 6,7% 6,1%
5 4 Audi 11.083 157.565 -4,4% 4,4% 6,2% 6,4%
6 7 Mercedes 9.929 136.362 12,7% 16,9% 5,6% 5,6%
7 6 Nissan 8.803 144.162 -18,1% 11,3% 4,9% 5,9%
8 8 Peugeot 6.722 97.662 -0,7% -0,4% 3,8% 4,0%
9 15 Land Rover 6.535 61.608 93,9% 17,2% 3,7% 2,5%
10 10 Hyundai 6.174 82.846 3,7% 7,0% 3,5% 3,4%
11 9 Toyota 6.172 93.940 2,2% 6,4% 3,5% 3,8%
12 14 Renault 5.844 69.615 2,8% 13,8% 3,3% 2,8%
13 12 Kia 5.103 75.023 0,1% 1,9% 2,9% 3,1%
14 17 Mini 4.917 56.211 5,9% 20,9% 2,7% 2,3%
15 13 Skoda 4.815 69.883 -11,0% -1,4% 2,7% 2,8%
16 11 Citroen 4.216 75.237 -28,8% -3,8% 2,4% 3,1%
17 21 Volvo 3.790 39.865 4,9% 4,0% 2,1% 1,6%
18 16 Fiat 3.747 60.022 -20,9% -5,0% 2,1% 2,4%
19 18 Honda 3.692 50.623 25,0% 1,1% 2,1% 2,1%
20 19 Seat 2.711 45.569 -23,8% -8,2% 1,5% 1,9%
21 23 Dacia 2.438 24.225 41,0% 8,3% 1,4% 1,0%
22 20 Mazda 2.432 43.276 3,1% 20,0% 1,4% 1,8%
23 24 Jaguar 2.140 22.035 65,8% 29,3% 1,2% 0,9%
24 22 Suzuki 1.932 32.489 -10,8% -8,1% 1,1% 1,3%
25 30 DS 1.549 7.257 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0,9% 0,3%
26 25 Mitsubishi 1.529 21.200 2,1% 46,8% 0,9% 0,9%
27 27 Porsche 909 11.612 -0,8% 39,1% 0,5% 0,5%
28 28 Jeep 768 10.035 121,3% 179,6% 0,4% 0,4%
29 26 Lexus 765 12.375 -32,8% 13,9% 0,4% 0,5%
30 29 Smart 705 7.803 442,3% 80,2% 0,4% 0,3%
31 31 Alfa Romeo 375 4.695 0,3% -9,6% 0,2% 0,2%
32 34 MG 249 2.869 46,5% 30,5% 0,1% 0,1%
33 33 SsangYong 247 3.150 99,2% 114,9% 0,1% 0,1%
34 35 Abarth 227 2.566 100,9% 69,3% 0,1% 0,1%
35 32 Subaru 218 3.153 4,8% 23,0% 0,1% 0,1%
36 42 Proton 148 494 #DIV/0! 49300,0% 0,1% 0,0%
37 40 Perodua 95 653 4650,0% 2151,7% 0,1% 0,0%
38 37 Bentley 88 1.284 20,5% -5,9% 0,0% 0,1%
39 36 Maserati 84 1.365 20,0% 25,5% 0,0% 0,1%
40 39 Aston Martin 80 884 95,1% 11,8% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank Nov Rank 2015 Group Nov YTD Nov Var Nov Var 2015 Nov 2015
1 1 Volkswagen 32.579 495.536 -13,7% 2,9% 18,2% 20,2%
2 2 Ford 21.597 312.006 12,7% 1,9% 12,1% 12,7%
3 3 General Motors 20.961 249.202 25,3% -0,1% 11,7% 10,2%
4 4 Renault-Nissan 17.157 239.131 -5,7% 11,9% 9,6% 9,7%
5 5 BMW 16.880 206.421 -0,7% 12,8% 9,4% 8,4%
6 6 PSA 12.487 180.156 -1,7% 2,2% 7,0% 7,3%
7 7 Hyundai-Kia 11.277 157.869 2,0% 4,5% 6,3% 6,4%
8 8 Mercedes Daimler 10.634 144.165 19,0% 19,2% 5,9% 5,9%
9 10 Tata 8.675 83.643 86,1% 20,2% 4,8% 3,4%
10 9 Toyota 6.937 106.315 -3,3% 7,2% 3,9% 4,3%

Rank Nov Rank 2015 Model Nov 2015 Var Nov Var 2015 Nov % 2015 %
1 1 Ford Fiesta 7.826 122.838 2,2% 0,7% 16,5% 5,5%
2 2 Opel Corsa 7.267 84.068 50,4% 14,1% 15,3% 3,8%
3 3 Ford Focus 4.868 77.697 55,7% 1,9% 10,3% 3,5%
4 4 Volkswagen Golf 4.336 70.222 -32,3% -0,7% 9,1% 3,1%
5 10 Opel Mokka 3.928 40.995 76,1% 42,3% 8,3% 1,8%
6 8 Mini 3.464 42.804 130,9% 30,6% 7,3% 1,9%
7 5 Nissan Qashqai 3.306 56.843 -16,2% 24,3% 7,0% 2,5%
8 15 Opel Insignia 3.197 31.186 26,3% 10,9% 6,7% 1,4%
9 9 Audi A3 3.190 42.729 27,6% 5,3% 6,7% 1,9%
10 7 Opel Astra 3.141 48.628 -15,3% -11,2% 6,6% 2,2%

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