UK. In the 2019 the market is flat waiting for BREXIT

British Vehicles Market

British Vehicles Market in the 2019 is stable waiting for the effect of BREXIT (if Brexit will be) following two years of decline. Ford leadership is still solid with over 3 points of share over the best follower, despite the current market share at 13% is the lowest since the II World War. Vauxhall is dropped in 4th place.

Economic Environment

British economy should have avoided recession in Q3, any expansion was likely minimal, as Brexit uncertainty and a less favorable external environment dampened activity. In June–August growth was tepid, weighed on by contraction in the manufacturing sector, while both the services and manufacturing PMIs pointed to worsening business conditions in September. Worryingly, the hitherto rock-solid labor market has shown signs of buckling under Brexit pressure: In June–August, the unemployment rate rose, while employment and vacancies shrank. More positively, wage growth continues to markedly outstrip inflation, which should be propping up private consumption.

The outlook hinges on Brexit: A no-deal exit would be a significant economic blow, while the swift passage of a deal could unleash pent-up investment. On balance, panelists see growth dipping next year, although there is a broad divergence of opinion: Some panelists see a recession or sharp slowdown, likely on a no-deal exit assumption, while others see a pick-up in growth.

Market Trend

The referendum on BREXIT in the 2016 found the national automotive industry on the top of its glorious history. Following five years of consecutive grow, the light vehicles market hit in that year the All Time record sales with 3.06 million units and was the fourth largest in the World.

After the referendum the industry trend mirrored the British economy and was prolonged decline started, waiting for the announced collapse after BREXIT will become effective. Indeed, the market felt down both in 2017 and 2018, while the rest of Europe was growing without uncertain, and in the 2018 sales have been 2.72 million, of which 2.36 were car passenger, at the lower level out of last  5 years.

According to data released by the Royal Minister of Transportation, in the 2019 the market will keep declining and it is projected at 2.68 million (of which 2.35 are car passenger). Indeed Year to Date October car passenger sales have been 2.083.000, up 0.8% while the lCVs segment is declining.

Considered local brands and always involved in the country with several plants and million units produced per year, Ford and Opel (locally under the brand Vauxhall) were the market leaders controlling an heavy market share until a decade ago. Nowadays, both the brands have lost steam on the market. However, Ford manage to stay on top of the list with a market share  declined at 14% since the 2015 and this year is further losing at 13%. Opel/Vauxhall collapsed in these years losing the second place in the 2017 and actually ranking in fourth, behind to Mercedes and Volkswagen, with only 7.1% of market share.

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Rank 2019Rank 2018 Sales YTD 2019Sales October'+/- YTD 2019'+/- OctoberShare YTD 2019Share October
11Ford207.86916.745-6,8%-0,4%10,0%11,7%
24Mercedes197.16311.31931,9%-3,4%9,5%7,9%
32Volkswagen170.77313.733-0,3%0,5%8,2%9,6%
45BMW143.99412.088-2,5%6,8%6,9%8,5%
53Opel143.2366.007-6,4%-36,3%6,9%4,2%
66Audi120.8317.577-7,5%16,8%5,8%5,3%
78Toyota94.2227.3411,5%3,6%4,5%5,1%
815Seat92.1294.64468,4%10,1%4,4%3,3%
99Kia86.3456.1601,5%-2,4%4,1%4,3%
107Nissan81.2246.217-11,4%-3,4%3,9%4,4%
1110Hyundai74.2075.538-8,5%4,5%3,6%3,9%
1211Peugeot69.6285.092-1,9%-6,1%3,3%3,6%
1312Land Rover66.4655.752-1,2%-17,2%3,2%4,0%
1413Skoda63.6035.0330,6%-1,2%3,1%3,5%
1514Mini54.1103.367-0,8%-34,2%2,6%2,4%
1616Renault50.9282.942-5,4%-27,8%2,4%2,1%
1718Volvo48.0693.72114,3%-18,0%2,3%2,6%
1819Citroen45.0312.5130,7%-23,4%2,2%1,8%
1917Honda38.4052.229-18,2%-19,6%1,8%1,6%
2020Mazda35.3161.9920,7%-15,8%1,7%1,4%
2122Jaguar31.7802.416-0,7%-27,3%1,5%1,7%
2221Suzuki30.9501.219-9,6%-35,7%1,5%0,9%
2424Dacia26.6311.28732,9%-27,6%1,3%0,9%
2323Fiat26.4521.582-15,1%-19,4%1,3%1,1%
2525Mitsubishi14.297776-18,7%-59,9%0,7%0,5%
2627Lexus13.9241.09823,0%62,7%0,7%0,8%
2726Porsche11.6181.6186,0%390,3%0,6%1,1%
2828MG10.18783536,2%6,5%0,5%0,6%
2939Tesla5.7194191377,8%411,0%0,3%0,3%
3030Jeep5.2894110,2%9,0%0,3%0,3%
3129Smart3.94375-41,7%-86,0%0,2%0,1%
3231Abarth3.128240-35,4%-26,2%0,2%0,2%
3432DS3.111269-35,0%55,5%0,1%0,2%
3333Alfa Romeo3.015210-17,5%-7,9%0,1%0,1%
3534Subaru2.13288-24,0%-35,3%0,1%0,1%
3635SsangYong1.73892-29,0%-44,9%0,1%0,1%
3736Bentley1.335120-0,9%114,3%0,1%0,1%
3838Maserati83272-26,0%-28,0%0,0%0,1%

Rank 2019Rank 2018 Sales YTD 2019Sales October'+/- YTD 2019'+/- OctoberShare YTD 2019Share October
11Volkswagen Group460.54932.7516,5%9,6%22,1%22,9%
22P.S.A.261.00613.881-4,6%-24,2%12,5%9,7%
33Ford Group207.86916.745-6,8%-0,4%10,0%11,7%
57Mercedes Daimler201.10611.39428,7%-7,0%9,7%8,0%
44BMW198.45415.490-1,9%-5,9%9,5%10,8%
65Renault Nissan Alliance173.52111.240-5,7%-21,1%8,3%7,9%
76Hyundai-Kia160.55211.698-3,4%0,7%7,7%8,2%
89Toyota Group108.1468.4393,8%8,7%5,2%5,9%
98Tata98.2458.168-1,0%-20,5%4,7%5,7%
1012Geely Group48.2783.73414,2%-18,2%2,3%2,6%
Rank 2019Rank 2018 Sales YTD 2019Sales October'+/- YTD 2019'+/- October
11Ford Fiesta69.7025.138-18,3%-7,2%
22Volkswagen Golf50.6183.976-13,4%-9,2%
34Ford Focus49.5173.58512,8%3,6%
43Opel Corsa49.2371.7676,9%6,8%
55Nissan Qashqai47.5954.0846,2%42,2%
648Mercedes A Class45.9093.630215,8%489,9%
79Ford Kuga33.8853.041-3,6%15,0%
88Mini33.5151.993-9,6%-37,9%
97Volkswagen Polo32.2942.191-15,0%-39,1%
1010Kia Sportage30.7832.588-1,0%14,6%

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