UK 2016. Sales at the new all time record

UK Cars 2016

UK Cars 2016 celebrate the new all time record, the second in a row. The light vehicles market was over 3 million units ranking as 6th in the World immediately behind India and Germany.

Market Outlook

The United Kingdom’s economy continues to hold up well. The economy was supported by a rebound in exports while domestic demand disappointed. Economic activity is performing well as the smooth political transition following the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron and the stimulus of the Central Bank are keeping consumer and business confidence at reasonable levels. However, the depreciation of the pound, rising inflation and insufficient wage hikes risk eroding household consumption.

Despite any pessimistic forecast, after the June referendum to leave EC, the automotive market has followed its own track, reporting only two months (July and December) below the 2015 and hitting the new all time record volume.

Indeed, BREXIT is not coming. The British parliament and government has not yet formally taken care of popular vote and when they will, the transaction period of 24 months will start. Our impression is that they will found how to avoid this event.

Ending the year with a shy December (sales at 178.022 units, down 1.1%) the British domestic car passenger market hit in the 2016 a new record with 2.692.786, up 2.3%, hitting the second consecutive all-time record year in the fifth raising year in a row.

Light commercial vehicles ended at their record as well, with 375.000 sales (+1.0%) with total light vehicles market at 3.068.000, for the second time about the 3 million units, ranking as 6th in the World.

Competitive Arena

Ford, Opel and Volkswagen were on top 3 despite the sales losses, while Renault, Mercedes, Kia, Honda and Land Rover reported performances, all in double digit. Jaguar hit the best increase with 34.822 sales, up 45.4%.

Less positive performance were registered for Peugeot and Fiat, but the worse ticket of the year was posted by Citroen, losing 21.3% at 62.991.

At model wise, the Ford Fiesta was the leader with 120.525 sales (-9.7%) followed by the Opel (Vauxhall) Corsa with 77.110 units (-15.2%) and third was the Ford Focus with 70.545 sales (-15.8%).

To see the best-selling ranking with the top 100 models in the year, see the dedicated report.

Research, Consulting, Data & Forecast Store

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 2020.

Auto Data 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.

All these and more within our United Kingdom Corner Store.

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

Rank DecRank 2016BRANDSales DecemberSales 2016 FYVariation DecemberVariation 2016 FYShare DecemberShare 2016
11Ford20.741318.316-10,8%-5,1%11,7%11,8%
22Opel17.074250.956-18,0%-7,0%9,6%9,3%
33Volkswagen15.634207.0288,5%-7,5%8,8%7,7%
44BMW15.066182.593-12,3%9,1%8,5%6,8%
55Audi11.319177.30423,8%6,4%6,4%6,6%
67Nissan10.628152.5258,7%-0,9%6,0%5,7%
76Mercedes10.220169.82814,9%16,9%5,7%6,3%
815Mini7.38368.9840,2%8,5%4,1%2,6%
912Renault6.05885.1020,9%12,5%3,4%3,2%
108Peugeot5.75398.529-12,7%-5,5%3,2%3,7%
1113Skoda5.65780.37217,6%7,6%3,2%3,0%
1210Hyundai5.62592.5196,7%5,0%3,2%3,4%
1314Land Rover4.96779.5340,0%19,5%2,8%3,0%
149Toyota4.64296.746-2,7%-2,0%2,6%3,6%
1517Fiat3.92960.581-7,2%-5,7%2,2%2,2%
1611Kia3.78889.3649,3%13,9%2,1%3,3%
1720Volvo3.73646.6964,7%7,5%2,1%1,7%
1819Seat3.34847.45660,6%-0,4%1,9%1,8%
1918Honda3.29459.10617,9%10,7%1,9%2,2%
2016Citroen2.65362.991-44,4%-21,3%1,5%2,3%
2123Jaguar2.52034.82231,3%45,4%1,4%1,3%
2222Suzuki2.26438.16716,2%10,8%1,3%1,4%
2321Mazda2.11146.609-5,3%2,4%1,2%1,7%
2424Dacia1.89126.499-5,6%1,0%1,1%1,0%
2529Porsche1.26413.097127,7%7,6%0,7%0,5%
2625Mitsubishi1.05918.237-29,1%-19,6%0,6%0,7%
2730Smart84812.02030,1%42,2%0,5%0,4%
2827Jeep81314.0907,1%30,5%0,5%0,5%
2928Lexus75013.915-16,1%4,9%0,4%0,5%
3026DS58015.898-57,3%84,6%0,3%0,6%
3133MG3674.19229,7%33,0%0,2%0,2%
3235Subaru3303.6129,3%4,5%0,2%0,1%
3331Alfa Romeo2924.881-21,9%-3,7%0,2%0,2%
3434Abarth2763.96655,9%44,6%0,2%0,1%
3537Tesla2082.496156,8%202,9%0,1%0,1%
3632SsangYong1744.453-10,3%33,2%0,1%0,2%
3739Maserati1501.435117,4%0,1%0,1%0,1%
3838Bentley1281.94834,7%41,3%0,1%0,1%
3941Perodua114422-8,1%-21,9%0,1%0,0%
4040Aston Martin10790664,6%-4,5%0,1%0,0%
4136Infiniti782.89118,2%141,9%0,0%0,1%
Rank DecRank 2016GROUPSales DecemberSales 2016 FYVariation DecemberVariation 2016 FYShare DecemberShare 2016 FY
11Volkswagen37.368527.31720,1%0,2%21,0%19,6%
32Ford20.741318.316-10,8%-5,1%11,7%11,8%
43Renault-Nissan18.655267.0174,5%3,9%10,5%9,9%
24BMW22.469251.870-8,6%8,8%12,6%9,4%
55General Motors17.107251.192-18,0%-7,0%9,6%9,3%
76Hyundai-Kia9.413181.8837,7%9,2%5,3%6,8%
67Mercedes Daimler11.068181.84816,0%18,3%6,2%6,8%
88PSA8.986177.418-29,3%-8,0%5,0%6,6%
99Tata7.487114.3568,7%26,3%4,2%4,2%
1110Toyota5.392110.661-4,8%-1,2%3,0%4,1%
Rank DecRank 2016ModelSales DecemberSales 2016Variation DecemberVariation 2016
11Ford Fiesta8.198120.525-8,7%-9,7%
26Opel Astra6.13460.71950,5%16,3%
34Volkswagen Golf5.35569.49211,2%-5,3%
43Ford Focus4.99170.5450,2%-15,8%
58Mini4.63748.328-13,6%2,7%
62Opel Corsa3.93877.110-43,0%-15,2%
77Volkswagen Polo3.65054.44815,0%-0,8%
812Nissan Juke3.36839.031-6,0%-4,1%
95Nissan Qashqai3.20262.682-1,4%3,1%
109Mercedes C Class3.06344.18436,6%5,7%

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