UK January. Ford weeps in a market down 6%

British Vehicles Market Volvo-XC40_UK-Version-2018

British Vehicles Market started the 2018 in line with the previous trend, losing 6.3%, dragged down by top brands, all in negative shape. Ford lost in double-digit but the worse among top 10 was Nissan, down 30%. New Ford Fiesta is leader but with low tone.

British economy is likely to lose momentum as private consumption growth slows and fixed investment is curtailed by Brexit uncertainty. Public spending will provide little support, with the government intent on bearing down on the budget deficit. However, a robust global economy and still-loose monetary policy should buttress growth

According to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation, in January car passenger’s sales kept the negative path and after the 5.4% lost in the previous year, the 2018 started with a drop of 6.3%, with 163.615 sales.

The top four brands started down, with the market leader Ford selling 19.654 cars (-13.7%), hit a negative peak in market share, down at 12.0%. In second place Opel (Vauxhall) with 2.652 (-8.8%) and in third Volkswagen with 12.579 (-3.0%).

In fourth place Mercedes with 11.891 units (-8.9%) followed by Audi with 11.806 units (+1.1%), BMW with 9.000 (+6.0%), Toyota with 7.975 (+7.2%), Nissan with 7.917 (-30.4%), Kia with 7.582 (-1.0%) and in 10th place Hyundai with 6.429 (+0.7%).

As far as the UK Best Selling Cars ranking, see here.

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Rank Jan Rank FY 2017 Brand Sales Jan Variation Jan Share Jan Share FY 2017
1 1 Ford 19.654 -13,7% 12,0% 11,3%
2 3 Opel 12.652 -8,8% 7,7% 7,7%
3 2 Volkswagen 12.579 -3,0% 7,7% 8,2%
4 4 Mercedes 11.891 -8,9% 7,3% 7,1%
5 6 Audi 11.806 1,1% 7,2% 6,9%
6 5 BMW 9.000 6,0% 5,5% 6,9%
7 8 Toyota 7.975 7,2% 4,9% 4,0%
8 7 Nissan 7.917 -30,4% 4,8% 5,9%
9 10 Kia 7.582 -1,0% 4,6% 3,7%
10 9 Hyundai 6.429 0,7% 3,9% 3,7%
11 11 Land Rover 5.660 4,3% 3,5% 3,3%
12 13 Skoda 5.473 0,8% 3,3% 3,1%
13 12 Peugeot 5.276 -11,4% 3,2% 3,2%
14 17 Honda 4.282 6,8% 2,6% 2,1%
15 16 Seat 4.203 9,1% 2,6% 2,2%
16 14 Renault 3.747 -6,8% 2,3% 2,7%
17 18 Citroen 3.488 7,3% 2,1% 2,0%
18 21 Suzuki 3.305 -12,1% 2,0% 1,6%
19 15 Mini 2.871 25,9% 1,8% 2,7%
20 22 Mazda 2.861 1,2% 1,7% 1,5%
21 19 Volvo 2.270 -18,8% 1,4% 1,8%
22 23 Jaguar 2.174 -19,3% 1,3% 1,4%
23 24 Dacia 2.121 6,4% 1,3% 1,0%
24 20 Fiat 1.714 -46,8% 1,0% 1,8%
25 25 Mitsubishi 1.555 17,0% 1,0% 0,6%
26 26 Porsche 994 44,7% 0,6% 0,6%
27 27 Lexus 887 10,9% 0,5% 0,5%
28 28 Smart 601 -20,0% 0,4% 0,4%
29 32 MG 475 131,7% 0,3% 0,2%
30 29 DS 290 -56,0% 0,2% 0,4%
31 32 Abarth 279 25,1% 0,2% 0,2%
32 31 Alfa Romeo 277 -2,5% 0,2% 0,2%
33 30 Jeep 235 -67,7% 0,1% 0,3%
34 33 Tesla 232 11,5% 0,1% 0,2%
35 34 SsangYong 187 -37,2% 0,1% 0,1%
36 36 Subaru 155 -12,9% 0,1% 0,1%
37 37 Bentley 138 -15,3% 0,1% 0,1%
38 38 Maserati 110 -33,3% 0,1% 0,1%
39 39 Aston Martin 100 -47,1% 0,1% 0,1%
40 35 Infiniti 94 -48,4% 0,1% 0,1%
41 41 McLaren 53
42 46 Lotus 12
43 47 Ferrari 10
44 50 Chevrolet 1

Rank Jan Rank FY 2017 Group Sales Jan Variation Jan Share Jan Share FY 2017
1 1 Volkswagen Group 35.193 1,1% 21,5% 21,1%
2 2 P.S.A. 21.706 -8,5% 13,3% 13,3%
3 3 Ford M.C. 19.654 -13,7% 12,0% 11,3%
4 4 Renault Nissan Alliance 15.434 -18,4% 9,4% 10,4%
5 7 Hyundai-Kia 14.011 -0,3% 8,6% 7,3%
6 6 Mercedes Benz 12.492 -9,5% 7,6% 7,5%
7 5 BMW 11.871 9,9% 7,3% 9,6%
8 9 Toyota M.C. 8.862 7,6% 5,4% 4,5%
9 8 Tata 7.834 -3,5% 4,8% 4,7%
10 11 Honda M.C. 4.282 6,8% 2,6% 2,1%

Rank Jan Rank FY 2017 Model Sales Jan Variation Jan
1 1 Ford Fiesta 8.335 -1,9%
2 2 Volkswagen Golf 4.310 -5,1%
3 3 Ford Focus 4.105 -14,4%
4 4 Nissan Qashqai 3.851 10,0%
5 58 Opel Mokka X 3.767
6 10 Mercedes A Class 3.358 19,9%
7 11 Kia Sportage 2.622 -30,9%
8 5 Opel Corsa 2.587 -33,6%
9 12 Ford Kuga 2.580 53,6%
10 9 Mercedes C Class 2.478 -41,4%

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