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UK August. Sales accelerated 23% pushed by WLTP

British Vehicles MarketFerrari-Portofino-2018

British Vehicles Market accelerated in August with 93.985 sales, up 23.0% pushed up by the September 1st deadline to register vehicles not complaining the new WLTP limits. For the third month in a row Volkswagen was market leader.

British economic growth accelerated somewhat in the second quarter thanks to an improved performance from the services sector and a rebound in construction. Consumer-facing service industries performed particularly well, although this was at least partly due to the prolonged period of warm weather. However, manufacturing contracted, suggesting the short-term boost to competitiveness from the weaker pound is ebbing. Moreover, signs from the labor market were mixed; although the unemployment rate dipped to a multi-decade low, earnings growth still failed to gain traction.

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 ended the Q1 with 718.492 sales (-12.4%). However in the second sales were 591.492 (+1.6%), in July 163.898 (+1.2%), in August 93.985 (+23.0%) with Year to Date figures at 1.571.869 (-4.2%). The market was “accelerated” by registration push for WLTP deadline.

MarketSales First HalfSales July 2018Sales AugustSales YTD 2018Variation First HalfVariation JulyVariation AugustVariation YTD 2018
Car1.313.997163.88793.9851.571.869-6,3%1,2%23,0%-4,2%

Since June Volkswagen has taken the head of the market, confirmed in July and August.

However, year to date Ford is still on top with 248.137 units (-6.0%) ahead of Volkswagen with 169.399 (+8.1%) and Opel (Vauxhall) with 130.509 (-12.3%).

In fourth place Mercedes with 122.749 (-8.4%), Audi with 110.304 (+1.3%), BMW with 108372 (+1.9%),  Peugeot with 77.871 (-0.2%) Nissan with 77.380 (-29.5%), Toyota with 73.009 (+0.9%) and in 10th place Kia with 62.427 (+2.6%).

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

Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

The European Union has therefore developed a new test, called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

The WLTP driving cycle is a test defined by the European Union defining new standard for vehicles with focus on CO2 emission and fuel consumptions. The test is divided into four parts with different average speeds: low, medium, high and extra high. Each part contains a variety of driving phases, stops, acceleration and braking phases.

For a certain car type, each powertrain configuration is tested with WLTP for the car’s lightest (most economical) and heaviest (least economical) version. WLTP was developed with the aim of being used as a global test cycle across different world regions, so pollutant and CO2 emissions as well as fuel consumption values would be comparable worldwide. However, while the WLTP has a common global ‘core’, the European Union and other regions will apply the test in different ways depending on their road traffic laws and needs.

WLTP will apply to all new car registrations from September 2018 when vehicles below the minimum index would not be registered within the European Union territory.

Research, Consulting, Data & Forecast

F2M covers intensively this market with several products developed to help any investigation required. Market Researches in PDF are immediately available for download with study on the market since 2005 and with forecast up to the 2025. AutoData in EXCEL are immediately downloadable with annual sales volume, split by month, for all brands and all models distributed in the market. This year data are released year to date, but you will receive a monthly update until the year-end.  See details within United Kingdom Corner Store.

Rank 2018Rank 2017BrandSales 2018Sales AugustVariation 2018Variation AugustShare 2018Share August
11Ford172.77711.208-11,2%21,4%11,0%11,9%
22Volkswagen141.40211.2559,6%62,6%9,0%12,0%
33Opel114.8095.078-12,2%-24,0%7,3%5,4%
46Audi110.3047.5811,3%20,3%7,0%8,1%
55BMW108.3725.9981,9%30,2%6,9%6,4%
64Mercedes107.6054.868-6,4%2,7%6,8%5,2%
77Nissan68.3732.480-30,6%-33,2%4,3%2,6%
88Toyota66.6513.6201,6%32,0%4,2%3,8%
910Kia62.4273.5522,6%16,1%4,0%3,8%
109Hyundai59.6962.6891,6%10,2%3,8%2,9%
1112Peugeot54.5163.966-0,9%52,5%3,5%4,2%
1213Skoda50.7152.772-3,4%-5,0%3,2%2,9%
1311Land Rover47.4772.202-9,5%45,6%3,0%2,3%
1416Seat45.2093.62426,0%62,4%2,9%3,9%
1514Renault39.7031.871-14,2%1,0%2,5%2,0%
1615Mini39.3431.867-0,4%22,5%2,5%2,0%
1717Honda36.9053.6125,6%91,5%2,3%3,8%
1818Citroen33.4641.786-4,7%-13,0%2,1%1,9%
1921Suzuki29.3194.33611,2%146,6%1,9%4,6%
2019Volvo29.0451.0591,2%34,7%1,8%1,1%
2122Mazda25.9921.589-1,0%31,4%1,7%1,7%
2220Fiat23.3311.099-26,9%-14,3%1,5%1,2%
2323Jaguar21.6281.242-6,6%119,8%1,4%1,3%
2424Dacia15.794811-4,9%5,5%1,0%0,9%
2525Mitsubishi12.42578119,6%79,1%0,8%0,8%
2626Porsche9.97934712,1%18,0%0,6%0,4%
2727Lexus7.9622706,3%31,7%0,5%0,3%
2832MG5.685586129,3%223,8%0,4%0,6%
2928Smart4.643277-34,2%-8,6%0,3%0,3%
3029DS4.20088-29,8%-71,8%0,3%0,1%
3130Jeep4.032232-9,0%12,1%0,3%0,2%
3232Abarth3.53118729,8%23,0%0,2%0,2%
3333Tesla2.9732934,5%130,7%0,2%0,3%
3431Alfa Romeo2.953155-6,8%8,4%0,2%0,2%
3536Subaru1.83910014,4%127,3%0,1%0,1%
3634SsangYong1.81962-28,7%-38,0%0,1%0,1%
3737Bentley1.2391606,4%113,3%0,1%0,2%
3839Aston Martin89686-17,6%309,5%0,1%0,1%
3938Maserati89548-20,2%-9,4%0,1%0,1%
4035Infiniti62344-76,8%-79,6%0,0%0,0%
4141McLaren4984052,3%566,7%0,0%0,0%
4245Lamborghini20212
4346Lotus16318
4447Ferrari12211
4542Rolls-Royce1218
46Alpine120109
4744Morgan947
4849Corvette464
4948Cadillac433
5050Chevrolet291
Rank 2018Rank 2017MODELSales 2018Sales AugustVariation 2018Variation August
11Ford Fiesta67.1894.5523,4%103,6%
22Volkswagen Golf49.6924.18012,4%83,4%
34Nissan Qashqai34.9101.374-12,1%-7,4%
43Ford Focus34.0531.146-28,0%-42,6%
55Opel Corsa32.8211.148-13,7%-30,8%
67Volkswagen Polo28.5503.207-11,5%74,9%
78Mini26.9451.241-6,1%18,2%
812Ford Kuga26.4621.9029,8%7,5%
99Mercedes C Class22.783911-27,6%-27,5%
1010Mercedes A Class22.695953-15,6%-15,1%

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