U.K. private demand pushed May car market up 11%. Odell calls for EU actions.

UK car market confirmed in May its position as World’s 6th light passenger vehicles market thanks car passenger registrations of 180.111 units, a double digit growth from last year which moved year-to-date figures at 948.656, up 9.3% from last year.

Total new car registrations for the year-to-date remain 9.2% off 2007 volumes but growing consumer confidence has meant that private demand for the same period is just 2% off levels posted in 2007.

“The performance of new car registrations in May marks a significant milestone for UK automotive, with cars registered by private buyers rising more than 20%, bettering pre-recession volumes posted in 2007,” said SMMT Interim Chief Executive, Mike Baunton. “While it is clear that buying confidence among UK motorists is very strong, continued economic uncertainty abroad, particularly in the rest of Europe, will mean that manufacturers remain cautious about performance in the second half of 2013.”

Ford of Europe CEO, Stephen Odell, has issued a “wide-ranging call to [European] politicians, business leaders, academics and regulators to create market conditions that enable manufacturers to flourish.”

Speaking at the Future Manufacturing summit at Cranfield University, Odell warned that without help from policy makers, the European car industry would continue to struggle, on the back of total European car sales being down 22% in the past five years. Odell added that current EU regulations “make an average car approximately twice as expensive as it otherwise would be.”

Looking at the best brands performances:

Ford retained their leadership of the market with a much improved market share in the month growing by 0.7% share to 14.3% and 13.9% market share YTD. The gap over Vauxhall remains at 2.5% YTD. In May, Ford had over 25.674 registrations with strong performance from continued strong Fiesta and Focus sales holding ranking 1st and 2nd places of model sales respectively. Year to date sales were over 132,000, almost 25,000 sales ahead of Vauxhall.

Vauxhall remained 2nd, with a strong month’s sales with nearly 21,000 registrations in the month and nearly 107,700 registrations so far this year. With a share of 11.6% in the month and 11.4% year-to-date, Vauxhall has slightly narrowed the gap on leaders Ford. Vauxhall held 2 models in the top 10 in the month, with the Corsa in 3rd position and Astra in 5th.

Volkswagen continued in 3rd position with a lower May share at 9.1% down from the 9.9% in April. Car sales in May were with 16,370 sales in the month. Year-to-date sales stand at 81,726 with a share of 8.6%. Golf and Polo remain in the top 10 sellers at 4th and 7th places respectively.

Audi have consolidated the 4th position in the market this year being over 10,300 registrations ahead of Nissan in 5th with 61,350. A strong May performance saw 12,265 sales and a share of 6.8 The A3 remains in the top 10 with nearly 13,000 sales so far in 2013.

Nissan was still in 5th place in 2013 and 6th in May with over 9,000 registrations in the month and a share of 5.0%, continuing its strong performance so far this year. 2013 registrations with 51,000 sales, slightly ahead of BMW, have delivered a cumulative share of 5.4%. Performance was largely down to continued Qashqai success in 6th place with over 22,600 sales in 2013 and Juke in 11th position.

BMW was 5th in the month 1,700 units ahead of Nissan, and 6th year to date selling almost 51,000 units with a share of 5.4% year to date. The BMW 3 series jumped into 7th place in May with over 3800 sales.

Peugeot kept the 7th place retaining the same share in May as in April at 4.4%. May sales were 7,903 units. Year to date share remains steady at 4.9% with 46,366 sales so far in 2013. The 208 came in to the top 10 in 9th spot, with over 17,000 sales year to date.

Mercedes was 7th in the month and 8th year to date selling 8,391 cars in May with a share of 4.7% and 45,024 cars in 2013 with a share of 4.7%.

Toyota was in 9th position in 2013 but 10th in May with 6,321 sales in the month and a reduced share of 3.5%. Year-to-date sales were 38,886 with a share at 4.1%.

Citroen remained in 9th position in the month and 10th year to date, selling 7,184 units in May with a stronger share of 4.0%. Year-to-date sales were 35,898 with a share of 3.8%.

In the table below the Top 25 Brands ranked for year to date position:

Rank YTD

Brand

May

YTD 2013

Q2 2012

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Apr 2013

May 2013

Ytd 2013

1

Ford

25.674

132.199

13,7%

13,1%

13,6%

13,9%

13,6%

14,3%

13,9%

2

Vauxhall

20.898

107.770

11,8%

11,3%

12,4%

11,4%

10,8%

11,6%

11,4%

3

Volkswagen

16.370

81.726

9,3%

9,0%

8,6%

8,1%

9,9%

9,1%

8,6%

4

Audi

12.265

61.350

6,1%

6,3%

5,2%

6,3%

6,6%

6,8%

6,5%

5

Nissan

9.045

51.059

4,8%

5,4%

5,0%

5,6%

4,9%

5,0%

5,4%

6

BMW

10.736

50.924

7,0%

5,9%

7,0%

5,2%

5,4%

6,0%

5,4%

7

Peugeot

7.903

46.366

4,7%

5,1%

4,3%

5,2%

4,4%

4,4%

4,9%

8

Mercedes

8.391

45.024

4,5%

4,5%

4,4%

4,8%

4,7%

4,7%

4,7%

9

Toyota

6.321

38.886

4,0%

4,2%

3,7%

4,3%

4,0%

3,5%

4,1%

10

Citroen

7.184

35.898

3,6%

3,7%

3,6%

3,7%

4,0%

4,0%

3,8%

11

Hyundai

6.230

31.988

3,5%

3,7%

4,3%

3,3%

3,5%

3,5%

3,4%

12

Kia

5.604

30.436

3,3%

3,4%

3,2%

3,2%

3,4%

3,1%

3,2%

13

Land Rover

3.826

26.074

2,1%

2,3%

2,3%

3,1%

2,1%

2,1%

2,7%

14

Skoda

5.469

26.023

2,9%

2,4%

2,8%

2,6%

3,1%

3,0%

2,7%

15

Honda

3.579

24.765

2,6%

3,0%

2,4%

3,0%

1,9%

2,0%

2,6%

16

Fiat

4.442

23.713

2,5%

2,5%

2,4%

2,5%

2,7%

2,5%

2,5%

17

Mini

4.080

19.364

2,7%

2,4%

3,1%

2,0%

2,1%

2,3%

2,0%

18

Seat

3.884

18.324

1,8%

2,0%

2,0%

1,7%

2,4%

2,2%

1,9%

19

Renault

3.088

15.874

1,6%

1,9%

2,5%

1,6%

1,8%

1,7%

1,7%

20

Suzuki

2.444

14.081

1,0%

1,5%

0,9%

1,6%

1,0%

1,4%

1,5%

21

Volvo

2.323

13.653

1,7%

1,2%

1,8%

1,5%

1,5%

1,3%

1,4%

22

Mazda

2.321

13.164

1,1%

1,4%

0,8%

1,5%

1,1%

1,3%

1,4%

23

Jaguar

1.259

7.317

0,6%

0,7%

0,7%

0,8%

0,7%

0,7%

0,8%

24

Chevrolet

1.341

5.465

0,7%

0,5%

0,4%

0,5%

0,7%

0,7%

0,6%

25

Dacia

1.171

4.871

0,0%

0,0%

0,0%

0,3%

1,2%

0,7%

0,5%

Looking at the best-selling models, the Ford Fiesta retained the leadership selling over 9,000 units in April and 51,707 units year to date with a month’s share at 5.2%. Year-to-date share is 5.3%.

Ford Focus narrowly edged Corsa into 2nd place with 7,522 sales in the month and 38,547 cumulatively – a share of 4.2%

Vauxhall Corsa slipped into 3rd place behind Focus by only 1250 units in the year, 6,634 sales in May and 37,279 for the year. Its share was 3.7% in the month and at 3.9% so far in 2013

VW Golf was 4th selling 5,247 units in May with a reduced share to 2.9%. Vauxhall Astra while 5th in the month with 5,211 sales continued in 4th place year with 26,657 sales, a cumulative share of 2.8%.

The Nissan Qashqai remains strong in 6th selling 4,243 sales and a share of 2.4%, in the month followed by a strong month for BMW 3 series in 7th with over 3,800 sales and a share of 2.1%. VW Polo climbed to 8th place in the month with 3,201 sales in May and 18,854 year to date – a share of 1.9% in the year. Peugeot 208 consolidated its top 10 position in 9th position with 3,083 registrations in the month and 17,166 cumulatively with a share of 1.8%. Audi A3 continued in 10th place with 3,055 sales in May and a share of 1.7% in the month.

In the table below, the Best 10 selling models, ranked for full year position:

Rank May

Rank Apr

Rank 2012

Model

May

YTD 2013

Q3 2012

Q4 2012

Q1 2013

Apr 2013

May 2013

YTD 2013

1

1

1

Ford Fiesta

9.315

     51.707

5,2%

4,0%

5,5%

4,9%

5,2%

5,3%

2

3

3

Ford Focus

7.522

     38.547

3,7%

4,8%

4,0%

3,6%

4,2%

4,0%

3

2

2

Vauxhall Corsa

6.634

     37.279

4,5%

4,4%

3,9%

3,7%

3,7%

3,9%

4

4

4

Volkswagen Golf

5.247

     26.256

2,8%

3,7%

2,5%

3,2%

2,9%

2,7%

5

5

5

Vauxhall Astra

5.211

     26.657

3,0%

2,8%

2,8%

2,6%

2,9%

2,8%

6

6

6

Nissan Qashqai

4.243

     22.605

2,2%

2,3%

2,3%

2,3%

2,4%

2,3%

7

12

7

BMW 3 Series

3.828

     16.156

2,0%

2,4%

1,6%

1,6%

2,1%

1,7%

8

7

8

Volkswagen Polo

3.201

     18.584

2,1%

2,2%

1,9%

2,2%

1,8%

1,9%

9

9

27

Peugeot 208

3.083

     17.166

1,3%

1,1%

1,8%

1,8%

1,7%

1,8%

10

10

14

Audi A3

3.055

     13.027

1,6%

1,2%

1,1%

1,8%

1,7%

1,3%

11

11

16

Nissan Juke

2.835

     15.623

1,5%

1,2%

1,6%

1,7%

1,6%

1,6%

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This report was written by focus2move Automotive Expert for UK – Andy Cockeram.

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