UK April. Sales rebound 10% after the shocking Q1

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British Vehicles Market rebound 19% in April following the sharp -15.7% reported in March when Both Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan reported huge falls. April sales recovery was driven by these 3 brands gain.

British economic growth slowed to the weakest pace in over five years in the first quarter. The construction sector—which, like many sectors in the economy, was partly hit by adverse weather conditions—significantly weighed on growth in the quarter, posting the largest output contraction in nine years. The services sector provided some support, however, buttressed by the business services and finance sub-sector, as did industrial production, which benefitted from the Forties oil pipeline coming back online. Meanwhile, the labor market remained robust in the December–February period, with the unemployment rate ticking down.

According to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation, the start of the 2018 was in line with the previous year and the market is declining progressively. Indeed car passenger’s sales in January have been 163.615 (-6.3%), February 80.808 (-2.8%) before to really fall down in the crucial March  with 474.069 units (-15.7% ending the Q1 with 718.492 sales (-12.4%). In April sales have been 167.911 (+10.4%) with Year to Date figures at 886.403 (-8.8%).

The top four brands started down, with the market leader Ford selling 102.071 cars (-15.4%) with a record low 11.5% of market share.

In second place  Volkswagen with 72.065 units (+3.3%) which has taken the road to become the leader after Brexit.

In third place Opel (Vauxhall) with 65.749 units (-15.1%) followed by Mercedes with 63.027 (-7.6%), Audi with 61.050 (+0.3),  BMW with 56.471 (-7.1%), Nissan with 42.242 (-31.2%), Toyota with 39.928 (-0.6%), Kia with 35.623 (-1.0%) and in 10th place Hyundai with 34.991 (+0.5%).

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

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Rank 2018Rank 2017BrandSales 2018Sales AprilY.o.Y 2018Y.o.Y. AprilShare 2018Share April
11Ford102.07120.114-15,4%24,3%11,5%12,0%
22Volkswagen72.06514.6073,3%46,7%8,1%8,7%
33Opel65.74911.214-15,1%4,5%7,4%6,7%
44Mercedes63.02711.854-7,6%-11,2%7,1%7,1%
56Audi61.05013.1350,3%0,3%6,9%7,8%
65BMW56.4719.078-7,1%-19,5%6,4%5,4%
77Nissan42.2427.448-31,2%-7,4%4,8%4,4%
88Toyota39.9286.713-0,6%31,3%4,5%4,0%
910Kia35.6236.872-1,0%9,2%4,0%4,1%
109Hyundai34.9916.9870,5%0,4%3,9%4,2%
1112Peugeot30.8686.225-8,7%15,2%3,5%3,7%
1211Land Rover28.8425.027-14,8%22,1%3,3%3,0%
1313Skoda27.8276.216-1,8%3,4%3,1%3,7%
1414Renault24.0664.462-17,6%9,5%2,7%2,7%
1516Seat23.7055.31514,5%35,4%2,7%3,2%
1617Honda21.2263.0892,1%2,4%2,4%1,8%
1715Mini20.8553.846-0,7%3,0%2,4%2,3%
1818Citroen18.6954.024-11,5%44,3%2,1%2,4%
1922Mazda15.8451.673-6,0%-1,0%1,8%1,0%
2019Volvo15.4393.782-5,4%38,3%1,7%2,3%
2120Fiat13.7102.166-29,9%9,3%1,5%1,3%
2221Suzuki13.4442.121-13,9%27,9%1,5%1,3%
2323Jaguar12.1232.414-18,5%39,4%1,4%1,4%
2424Dacia9.1011.919-5,2%37,4%1,0%1,1%
2525Mitsubishi7.1861.18912,1%-9,2%0,8%0,7%
2626Porsche5.7201.64614,9%32,7%0,6%1,0%
2727Lexus4.7516784,1%0,9%0,5%0,4%
2829DS2.637529-27,3%27,2%0,3%0,3%
2932MG2.604829102,8%278,5%0,3%0,5%
3028Smart2.562495-38,7%-48,7%0,3%0,3%
3130Jeep2.205477-29,5%31,0%0,2%0,3%
3232Abarth1.88535824,5%68,1%0,2%0,2%
3331Alfa Romeo1.762304-11,2%14,7%0,2%0,2%
3433Tesla1.5553359,5%65,0%0,2%0,2%
3536Subaru1.1311537,2%24,4%0,1%0,1%
3634SsangYong1.016151-38,1%-46,5%0,1%0,1%
3738Maserati539103
3837Bentley517107
3939Aston Martin44396
4035Infiniti38572
4141McLaren26855
4246Lotus9232
4342Rolls-Royce22
4450Chevrolet203
4547Ferrari10

Rank 2018Rank 2017GroupSales 2018Sales AprilY.o.Y 2018Y.o.Y. AprilShare 2018Share April
11Volkswagen Group190.88441.0263,0%19,4%21,5%24,4%
22P.S.A.117.94921.992-13,3%13,7%13,3%13,1%
33Ford M.C.102.07120.114-15,4%24,3%11,5%12,0%
44Renault Nissan Alliance82.98015.090-23,2%1,0%9,4%9,0%
55BMW77.34812.924-5,5%-14,1%8,7%7,7%
67Hyundai-Kia70.61413.859-0,3%4,6%8,0%8,3%
76Mercedes Benz65.58912.349-9,4%-13,7%7,4%7,4%
89Toyota M.C.44.6797.391-0,1%27,8%5,0%4,4%
98Tata40.9657.441-15,9%27,2%4,6%4,4%
1011Honda M.C.21.2263.0892,1%2,4%2,4%1,8%

Rank 2018Rank 2017MODELSales 2018Sals AprY.O.Y. 2018Y.O.Y. April
12Ford Fiesta40.6197.811-5,9%57,6%
23Volkswagen Golf26.6855.48218,9%74,9%
35Nissan Qashqai21.1714.257-9,9%-3,9%
44Ford Focus19.3443.784-29,2%10,6%
56Opel Corsa17.9952.643-24,3%7,4%
613Ford Kuga15.8652.769-4,7%34,3%
711Mercedes A Class14.8492.636-6,3%-26,9%
89Mini14.2972.573-2,1%13,6%
943OPEL MOKKA X13.5792.694
1010Mercedes C Class13.4592.627-30,0%-30,4%

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