UK new cars market down 1.2% in October breaking the 43 month winning series

UK new cars market

UK new cars market down 1.2% in October breaking the 43 month winning series. Moreover the positive market outlook has not changed. Premium brands are fueling the market with Land Rover up 40%.

Economic Outlook

In Q2, the British economy accelerated on a sequential basis, but more recent data show that it might have lost some momentum in Q3. In September, the consumer confidence index deteriorated and the manufacturing PMI dropped to a three-month low reflecting a slowdown in consumer spending and weak business investment in the sector.

Meanwhile, a new group which will campaign for Britain to quit the EU was launched under the name “Vote Leave”. The organization has support from politicians across the political spectrum, including the governing Conservative Party.

This has aroused fears of a possible crisis within the Tories as Prime Minister David Cameron has continuously emphasized that he will campaigned for the UK to remain in the union if he manages to renegotiate the country’s membership terms.

Market Outlook

Following the September record of 43 consecutive year-on-year increase, finally in October the British market winning row was broken due to a little 1.2% fall, that will not change the base positive outlook for the market.

After having achieved in the 2014 an annual volume above the 2007, the 2015 will be one of the best year in the history of this market with over 2.6 million cars sold (plus near 0.4 million light commercial vehicles).

According to data released by S.M.M.T, in October car sales had been 177.644, down 1.2%. During the first ten months of the year, total sales had been 2.274.530, up 6.4%, from the correspondent period last year.

Competitive Arena

The premium brands are fueling the market with BMW in October up 32.0%, Mercedes 13.5% and Land Rover 40.5%. The British brand owned by Tata in October advanced in 12th place taking fully benefit from new models launch.

On top of the list, Ford kept struggling with 22.081 sales (-8.8%) but the main competitors ha not taken the opportunity with Vauxhall (Opel in the tables) down 16.4% with 15.891 sales and Volkswagen down 9.8% with 13.970.

As far as the group’s performance, the leader Volkswagen in September hits 20.1% of market share followed by Ford at 10.4%, BMW with 10.2%, Renault-Nissan at 9.3% and General Motors at 9.0% .

As far as best-selling models ranking, the Ford Fiesta was again on top with 8.577 sales (-24.6%), followed by the Vauxhall Corsa (Opel) with 5.061 (+18.2%) and  Volkswagen Golf with 5.057 (-11.0%).

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 OctRank 2015BrandSales OctSales 2015Var OctVar 2015Share OctShare 2015
11Ford22.081290.409-8,8%1,2%12,4%12,8%
22Opel15.891227.991-16,4%-0,6%8,9%10,0%
33Volkswagen13.970196.411-9,8%6,7%7,9%8,6%
45BMW13.938138.24732,0%11,4%7,8%6,1%
54Audi13.182146.4822,2%5,1%7,4%6,4%
66Nissan10.392135.359-12,9%13,9%5,9%6,0%
77Mercedes9.924126.43313,5%17,2%5,6%5,6%
88Peugeot6.34790.9408,2%-0,4%3,6%4,0%
99Toyota6.16487.768-1,1%6,7%3,5%3,9%
1010Hyundai6.04976.6722,7%7,3%3,4%3,4%
1112Kia5.71269.920-4,5%2,0%3,2%3,1%
1216Land Rover5.19255.07340,5%12,0%2,9%2,4%
1313Skoda4.92465.068-3,0%-0,6%2,8%2,9%
1411Citroen4.68371.021-18,5%-1,8%2,6%3,1%
1514Renault4.55063.771-4,3%14,9%2,6%2,8%
1615Fiat4.40856.275-5,1%-3,7%2,5%2,5%
1717Mini4.11251.294-21,9%22,6%2,3%2,3%
1821Volvo3.68436.075-6,6%3,9%2,1%1,6%
1918Honda3.36846.93111,2%-0,4%1,9%2,1%
2020Mazda2.92140.84425,0%21,2%1,6%1,8%
2119Seat2.33842.858-32,2%-7,0%1,3%1,9%
2224Jaguar1.92919.89571,2%26,3%1,1%0,9%
2322Suzuki1.85130.5576,1%-7,9%1,0%1,3%
2425Mitsubishi1.57119.671-11,9%51,9%0,9%0,9%
2523Dacia1.40121.787-31,6%5,6%0,8%1,0%
2630DS1.1595.7080,7%0,3%
2727Porsche1.14410.70320,7%44,0%0,6%0,5%
2826Lexus99211.610-9,5%19,4%0,6%0,5%
2928Jeep8479.267112,8%185,8%0,5%0,4%
3029Smart7357.098301,6%69,0%0,4%0,3%
3131Alfa Romeo3964.32011,2%-10,4%0,2%0,2%
3235Abarth3102.339165,0%66,7%0,2%0,1%
3333SsangYong2222.90374,8%116,3%0,1%0,1%
3432Subaru2012.935-6,9%24,6%0,1%0,1%
3537Bentley1691.19629,0%-7,4%0,1%0,1%
3638Infiniti1661.057213,2%64,1%0,1%0,0%
3734MG1592.620-15,4%29,2%0,1%0,1%
3836Maserati1201.28123,7%25,8%0,1%0,1%
3939Aston Martin7780440,0%7,2%0,0%0,0%
4042Lotus66329725,0%75,0%0,0%0,0%
Rank OctRank 2015GroupSales OctSales 2015Var OctVar 2015Share OctShare 2015
11Volkswagen35.742462.957-6,0%4,3%20,1%20,4%
22Ford22.081290.409-8,8%1,2%12,4%12,8%
35BMW18.050189.54114,1%14,2%10,2%8,3%
44Renault-Nissan16.509221.974-12,1%13,5%9,3%9,8%
53General Motors15.913228.241-16,6%-1,9%9,0%10,0%
66PSA12.189167.6694,9%2,5%6,9%7,4%
77Hyundai-Kia11.761146.592-0,9%4,7%6,6%6,4%
88Mercedes Daimler10.659133.53119,4%19,2%6,0%5,9%
99Toyota7.15699.378-2,4%8,0%4,0%4,4%
1010Tata7.12174.96847,7%15,5%4,0%3,3%
11Ford Fiesta8.577115.012-24,6%0,6%18,4%5,9%
22Opel Corsa5.06176.801-18,2%11,5%10,8%3,9%
34Volkswagen Golf5.05765.886-11,0%2,4%10,8%3,4%
43Ford Focus4.91372.829-59,5%-0,4%10,5%3,7%
55Nissan Qashqai4.54453.53758,9%28,1%9,7%2,7%
68Audi A33.88439.53955,4%3,8%8,3%2,0%
76Volkswagen Polo3.23347.831-18,5%17,4%6,9%2,4%
812Nissan Juke3.15533.266-4,5%5,1%6,8%1,7%
914BMW 1 Series2.94428.0149,9%3,0%6,3%1,4%
1013BMW 3 Series2.80531.962658,1%6,5%6,0%1,6%

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