UK February. Ford held the throne, despite losing in double-digit

British Vehicles Market

British Vehicles Market was moderately positive  in February (+1.6%) with registrations at 81.969. Ford manages to keep  the lead despite losing  14.8%, while Peugeot enters into the Top ten (+7%). Audi is still underperforming (-23.4%), whilst Volvo shines up 69.1%.

Economic Environment

British economic growth slid sharply in Q4 2018 according to recent figures. The deceleration was driven by a contraction in fixed investment, as firms curtailed spending amid elevated Brexit uncertainty. In contrast, private consumption growth was steady; in October-December employment figures and real wage growth were strong.

Turning to the first quarter of 2019, signs are largely gloomy. In January, both the services and manufacturing PMIs dropped, with the services PMI hovering only just above the 50-threshold separating expansion from contraction.

On the political front, the government appears no nearer to solving the Brexit impasse, impelling several Labour and Conservative MPs to defect. The lack of certainty will hamper GDP in Q1.

Market Trend

According to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation, the 2018 was in line with the previous year, closing with the second consecutive negative performance. Indeed, the market has the year with 2.366.929 sales (-6.8%), largely influenced by the Brexit uncertainty affecting business prospects and consumer morale.

Moreover, several government measures targeting diesel-powered vehicles have affected the market, where diesel sales kept crumbling – down 29.6% – to the advantage of petrol sales, up 8.7%. However, Alternatively Fueled Vehicles (AFV) have boomed at 20.9%.

The new year started with a negative tone as in January, 5th consecutive month of decline, the market fell down 1.5% at 161.013, while it was moderately positive  in February (+1.6%) with registrations at 81.969 and with YTD figures at 242.982 (-0.6%).

Market Outlook

After the recent negative performances, the British market continues to be seen unstable in the period 2019-2025. Indeed, being largely affected by the lack of clarity over Brexit, the market outlook is quite negative in the short-term.

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Competitive Arena

At brand-wise, year to date Ford leads the line with 27.019 units (-14.8%), holding 11.1% of market share. In second place Volkswagen with 21.184 sales (+8%), Mercedes third with 18.337 units (+2%) and Opel (Vauxhall) with 17.155 (-2%).

In fifth place BMW with 16.423 (+4.3%), Audi losing 23.4% with 13.744, Kia with 11.690 (+8.9%), Toyota with 11.107 (+4%), Nissan with 9.440 (-7.7%) and in 10th place Peugeot with 8.924 (+7%).

At model-wise, the best-selling car is the Ford Fiesta with 8.798 sales despite a huge fall (-0.35%), ahead of the Ford Focus with 6.934 (+0.13%) and the Volkswagen Golf with 6.340 (-0.12%).

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

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
BrandsSales
YTD
Sales
Feb
'+/-
YTD
'+/-
Feb
Share
YTD
Share
Feb
11Ford27.01910.390-14,8%-13,7%11,1%12,7%
22Volkswagen21.1847.9608,0%13,1%8,7%9,7%
34Mercedes18.3376.0882,0%0,0%7,5%7,4%
43Opel17.1554.905-2,0%0,9%7,1%6,0%
55BMW16.4236.8704,3%1,9%6,8%8,4%
66Audi13.7445.112-23,4%-16,8%5,7%6,2%
79Kia11.6093.2818,9%6,7%4,8%4,0%
88Toyota11.1072.5324,0%-6,3%4,6%3,1%
97Nissan9.4402.471-7,7%6,7%3,9%3,0%
1011Peugeot8.9243.2717,0%6,7%3,7%4,0%
1110Hyundai8.4602.682-10,7%-12,0%3,5%3,3%
1213Skoda8.3552.9530,5%4,1%3,4%3,6%
1315Seat7.9532.43121,2%3,1%3,3%3,0%
1412Land Rover7.1601.5590,0%3,9%2,9%1,9%
1519Citroen6.1132.2268,8%4,4%2,5%2,7%
1618Volvo5.7841.70569,1%48,3%2,4%2,1%
1721Suzuki5.7562.75018,5%77,2%2,4%3,4%
1817Honda5.4421.742-12,8%-11,1%2,2%2,1%
1916Renault5.3071.9424,6%46,5%2,2%2,4%
2014Mini5.1421.89110,4%5,9%2,1%2,3%
2120Mazda4.2671.5434,4%25,9%1,8%1,9%
2224Dacia3.4831.0089,9%-3,8%1,4%1,2%
2322Jaguar3.1129916,9%34,3%1,3%1,2%
2423Fiat2.631955-12,9%-26,9%1,1%1,2%
2525Mitsubishi1.904691-7,9%34,7%0,8%0,8%
2627Lexus1.26926218,9%45,6%0,5%0,3%
2728MG1.20244881,8%140,9%0,5%0,5%
2826Porsche785204-44,5%-51,5%0,3%0,2%
2929Smart691201-20,2%-24,2%0,3%0,2%
3030Jeep56118938,2%10,5%0,2%0,2%
3133Alfa Romeo408109-10,1%-38,4%0,2%0,1%
3231Abarth365105-13,1%-25,5%0,2%0,1%
3332DS31158-31,2%-64,2%0,1%0,1%
3436SsangYong274668,7%1,5%0,1%0,1%
3535Subaru2487414,3%19,4%0,1%0,1%
3737Bentley17545-3,3%4,7%0,1%0,1%
3838Aston Martin143-21,2%-100,0%0,1%0,0%
3939Maserati12138-24,4%-24,0%
4142McLaren7620-6,2%-28,6%
4341Infiniti4816-68,6%-72,9%
4748Alpine215
5044Lotus7--70,8%-100,0%
5151Chevrolet220,0%100,0%

Rank
2019
Rank
2018
GroupsSales
YTD
Sales
Feb
'+/-
YTD
'+/-
Feb
Share
YTD
Share
Feb
11Volkswagen Group52.22818.717-3,4%-0,7%21,5%22,8%
22P.S.A.32.50310.4601,8%2,3%13,4%12,8%
33Ford Group27.01910.390-14,8%-13,7%11,1%12,7%
44BMW21.5948.7635,8%2,7%8,9%10,7%
55Renault Nissan Alliance20.2036.133-2,4%16,6%8,3%7,5%
66Hyundai-Kia20.0695.963-0,3%-2,6%8,3%7,3%
77Mercedes Daimler19.0286.2891,0%-1,0%7,8%7,7%
89Toyota Group12.3762.7945,4%-3,1%5,1%3,4%
98Tata10.2722.5502,0%13,9%4,2%3,1%
1012Geely Group5.7911.70568,1%46,7%2,4%2,1%

Rank
F.Y. 2018
Rank
2019
ModelsSales
2019 YTD
Sales
February
Sales
YTD +/-
Sales
February +/-
11Ford Fiesta8.7983.399-0,35-35,2%
52Ford Focus6.9342.5370,137,1%
23Volkswagen Golf6.3402.410-0,12-8,8%
84Mercedes A Class5.8272.0590,1612,2%
45Nissan Qashqai5.7191.4490,1710,9%
66Volkswagen Polo4.4751.5120,1641,1%
37Opel Corsa4.4031.3060,2119,7%
108Kia Sportage4.2591.1960,1316,8%
99Ford Kuga3.9821.402-0,04
1110Mercedes C Class3.593987-0,025,2%
1411Volkswagen Tiguan2.3021.2580,27-34,3%

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