United Kingdom: September car market roared in World’s 4th place with highest peak in six years.

As reported by SMMT, the local Association of Car Manufacturers, new car sold in September hit their highest monthly total since March 2008 as the latest 63-plate attracted buyers. Sales were 403.136, up 12.1% from last year. This was the 19th year-on-year winning month in a streak. Year to date sales were 1.794.914, keeping a double digit growing trend over last year at 10.8%.

Light Commercial Vehicles sales were 43.066, confirming UK as the biggest LCV market in Europe and growing 10.3% from last year. Cumulated sales at September were 205.004, up 9.6%.

Thanks to the huge volume of 446.202 total light passenger vehicles, in September UK market was the 4th worldwide, behind China, USA and Japan and ahead of Brazil, Russia and Germany.

Year to date September, UK market was the 6th worldwide and the third in Europe, behind Russia and Germany.

Looking at the best brands performances in the last month:

Ford sales were 51.084 a good volume but not enough to keep share level. September share indeed was 12.7%, down 0.9 points of share from the previous month and 1.1 from first half. Year-to-date sales were 249.017 with a share of 13.9%, up 0.1 points from full year 2012. Ford performance in Great Britain will pushed up the whole European performance for the Oval.

Vauxhall sold 41.310 cars with share fell at 10.2%, down 2.3 points from the previous month and 1.2 from first half. Year-to-date sales were 200.357 with a share of 11.2%, down 0.2 points from FY 2012. The low performance in the biggest month of the year was a lost opportunity for the GM controlled brand yet in financial troubles.

Volkswagen has lost share as well, confirming as the Big September was more favorable to smaller players than to leaders. Volkswagen sales were 33.104 with a share increase at 8.2%, down 1.0 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 154.536 with a share of 8.6%, down 0.4 points from FY 2012. Golf ranked 4th among top models.

BMW was 4th selling 27.308 cars with a share of 6.8%, up 0.1 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 105.313 with a share of 5.9%, down 0.3 points from FY 2012. Two models in top ten ranking, the Series 1 and 3.

Audi was stable in 5th place with 25.829 sales and a share of 6.4%, up 0.5 points from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 114.261 with a share of 6.4%, up 0.4 from FY 2012.

Mercedes advanced in 6th, up 2 spots, with 21.256 sales and a share of 5.3%, up 0.7 points from the previous month. Year-to-date Mercedes was 8th with 86.624 sales and a share of 4.8%, up 0.3 points from FY 2012.

Nissan fell in 7th with 20.119 sales and 5.0% of share, down 0.4 points from the previous month. Year-to-date it was 6th with 94.541 sales and 5.3% of share, up 0.1 points from FY 2012.

Peugeot was 8th, down 1 spot, with 19.160 units and a share of 4.8%, down 0.1 points of share from the previous month. Year-to-date sales were 86.019 with a share of 4.8%.

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

Rank Sep

Rank Aug

Rank 2013

Brand

Sep

YTD Sep

FY 2012

I Half 2013

Aug 2013

Sep 2013

YTD 2013

1

1

1

Ford

51.084

249.017

13,8%

14,0%

13,6%

12,7%

13,9%

2

2

2

Vauxhall

41.310

200.357

11,4%

11,4%

12,5%

10,2%

11,2%

3

3

3

Volkswagen

33.104

154.536

9,0%

8,7%

9,2%

8,2%

8,6%

4

4

5

BMW

27.308

105.313

6,2%

5,6%

6,7%

6,8%

5,9%

5

5

4

Audi

25.829

114.261

6,0%

6,3%

5,9%

6,4%

6,4%

6

8

7

Mercedes

21.256

86.624

4,5%

4,7%

4,6%

5,3%

4,8%

7

6

6

Nissan

20.119

94.541

5,2%

5,3%

5,4%

5,0%

5,3%

8

7

8

Peugeot

19.160

86.019

4,9%

4,8%

4,9%

4,8%

4,8%

9

12

9

Toyota

16.912

72.831

4,1%

4,1%

2,9%

4,2%

4,1%

10

9

11

Hyundai

14.479

61.210

3,6%

3,4%

3,9%

3,6%

3,4%

11

11

12

Kia

12.728

58.307

3,3%

3,2%

3,6%

3,2%

3,2%

12

10

10

Citroen

12.682

63.773

3,6%

3,7%

3,9%

3,1%

3,6%

13

14

14

Fiat

11.667

47.587

2,4%

2,5%

2,9%

2,9%

2,7%

14

15

15

Honda

10.442

45.494

2,7%

2,6%

2,2%

2,6%

2,5%

15

16

17

Mini

10.382

40.264

2,5%

2,2%

2,1%

2,6%

2,2%

16

13

13

Skoda

10.380

49.576

2,6%

2,8%

2,9%

2,6%

2,8%

17

21

16

Land Rover

9.531

43.916

2,4%

2,6%

1,2%

2,4%

2,4%

18

20

19

Renault

9.045

32.320

2,0%

1,7%

1,4%

2,2%

1,8%

19

18

18

Seat

8.498

35.468

1,9%

2,0%

2,0%

2,1%

2,0%

20

19

21

Mazda

7.189

26.027

1,3%

1,3%

1,5%

1,8%

1,5%

21

17

20

Suzuki

7.037

27.187

1,2%

1,5%

2,0%

1,7%

1,5%

22

23

22

Volvo

5.258

24.851

1,6%

1,4%

0,8%

1,3%

1,4%

23

25

23

Jaguar

3.183

13.256

0,7%

0,7%

0,4%

0,8%

0,7%

24

22

24

Dacia

2.759

11.337

0,0%

0,6%

0,9%

0,7%

0,6%

25

24

25

Chevrolet

2.083

9.982

0,7%

0,6%

0,7%

0,5%

0,6%

As always, just few data are available on top models in Uk. Remarkable this month was the BMW Series 1 performance. Keeping the 6th place gained in August, the Seties 1 confirmed the best ever place in the month also in a very relevant volume month.

In the table below, the Best 11 selling models, ranked as per last month position:

Rank Sep

Rank Aug

Rank 2013

Model

Sep

YTD Sep

FY   2012

I Half 2013

Aug 2013

Sep 2013

Ytd 2013

1

1

1

Ford Fiesta

20.629

     96.046

5,2%

4,4%

5,0%

5,1%

4,6%

2

5

3

Opel Corsa

14.464

     67.748

4,5%

3,2%

3,3%

3,6%

3,3%

3

4

2

Ford Focus

14.295

     71.424

4,1%

3,3%

3,4%

3,5%

3,5%

4

3

5

Volkswagen Golf

12.265

     51.795

3,2%

2,2%

3,4%

3,0%

2,5%

5

2

4

Opel Astra

11.014

     53.158

2,9%

2,3%

3,4%

2,7%

2,6%

6

6

10

BMW 1 Series

10.084

     31.648

1,6%

1,2%

2,9%

2,5%

1,5%

7

8

7

BMW 3 Series

8.309

     34.484

2,2%

1,5%

2,3%

2,1%

1,7%

8

14

9

Peugeot 208

7.953

     31.747

0,8%

1,4%

0,8%

2,0%

1,5%

9

7

6

Nissan Qashqai

7.771

     41.070

2,2%

1,9%

2,8%

1,9%

2,0%

10

14

14

Fiat 500

7.422

     25.307

1,4%

1,0%

0,8%

1,8%

1,2%

11

9

8

Volkswagen Polo

6.572

     34.302

2,1%

1,6%

2,2%

1,6%

1,7%

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