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UK March 2011: Ford Fiesta reclaims pole position

April 12, 2011 1 comment

UK car sales are down for the 9th month in a row, at -8% in March with 366,101 registrations. March and September are traditionally the strongest months of the year in the UK as they coincide with the launch of new licence plates that act like a new model year.

For the first time since last November, the Ford Fiesta is #1 with 19,676 sales and 5.4% share, and given the weight carried by this month in the year-to-date ranking  the Fiesta is now also #1 in 2011 overall at 5% of the market.

The new generation Ford Focus comes in at #2 with 14,370 sales and 3.9%, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa at 13,556 units (3.7%) and Vauxhall Astra at 10,704 (2.9%). The VW Golf, #1 last month, is 5th at 10,282 units and 2.8%.

The Vauxhall Insignia stays strong at #6 whereas the Peugeot 207, Mini and BMW 3 Series all climb back into the Top 10.

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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UK February 2011: VW Golf tops the ranking!

March 5, 2011 Leave a comment

The UK market is down for the 8th consecutive month in February, however recording the smallest decline over the period at -8% with 63,424 registrations. February has a traditionally low volume as buyers await the March plate change, resulting in a very volatile models ranking:

The VW Golf takes the lead of the UK market for the first time in at least a decade (I need to check my archives here – if you have more details please shout!) with a shiny 4.3% share, and the Ford Focus is #1 YTD at 10,065 sales and 5.2%.

Vauxhall places no less than 5 models in the Top 10, with the Corsa 2nd (4.1%), Astra 5th (3.2%), Insignia 6th (2.9%), Zafira 7th (2.7%) and the new Meriva in 10th (2.2%).

Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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UK January 2011: Focus leads ahead of new gen launch

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2011 Ford Focus will be available to the public in March.

The English car market is down for the seventh month in a row, at -11% in January with 128,811 registrations. The Ford Focus is #1 for the first time since last May with 7,582 sales and a very strong 5.9% share, boosted by discounts on the outgoing model and perhaps the start of dealership deliveries of the new generation (pictured above).

The Ford Fiesta is #2, followed by the Vauxhall Astra & Corsa, and the VW Golf. The Nissan Qashqai closes up the Top 10 albeit with a weak 1.6% share. Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.

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UK December 2010: Vauxhall Astra #1, Fiesta leader in Full Year Now with Top 50 best-selling models in 2010

January 22, 2011 1 comment

The UK car market is down 18% in December at 123,817 registrations, bringing the 2010 total to 2,030,846 up +2%. This month the Vauxhall Astra is #1 for the second time in 2010 (after June) and only the third time in 3 years. The Mini delivers what is likely to be its best ever month in 4th place with 4,236 sales and 3.4%.

Over the full year 2010, the Ford Fiesta is the best seller for the 2nd year in a row with 103,013 sales (-12%), followed by the Astra (+19%), Ford Focus (-17%), Vauxhall Corsa (-8%), VW Golf (+2%) and Polo (+54% and 9 spots). The Nissan Qashqai is in all likeliness the first Japanese car to feature in a UK Yearly Top 10 at #10 with 39,048 sales (+28% and 3 spots).

Land Rover places the Freelander at #38 (15,562 sales), the Range Rover at #52 (12,580) and the Discovery at #69 (8,295). The Jaguar XF is at an impressive #51 with 12,687 units sold.

More photos, Full Year 2010 Top 50 & December Top 10 rankings: click on ‘Read more’ below.

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UK November 2010: Golf #3, Insignia #5

December 6, 2010 3 comments

In November, the UK market is down only 11% over a November 09 boosted by the Scrappage Incentive Scheme, and the year-to-date figure is still up by 3% at 1,907,029.

The Ford Fiesta holds the pole position again, very stable at 4.6%, ahead of the Focus at 4%. The VW Golf posts extremely solid numbers for the 2nd month in a row at #3 and 3.7% of the UK market.

The Vauxhall Insignia climbs into 5th for the 2nd time in 3 months with 3,915 sales and 2.8%, just ahead of the BMW 3 Series in very good shape.

Full Top 10 Ranking table below.

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UK October 2010: Golf #2, BMW 3 Series #4

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

The UK car market is down 22% this month, the steepest decline since May 2009, at 131,495 registrations. The year-to-date figure is still up by 5% over 2009 at 1,767,154 registrations.

While the Ford Fiesta stays on top at 4.6%, the VW Golf scores a very impressive 2nd place with 4% of the market. This is possibly the highest position ever reached by the Golf in the UK!

The other great performer of the month is the BMW 3 Series, 4th with 3,955 sales and 3% of the market. A much higher level than in its native Germany, and its best score in the UK since achieving 3.2% market share in August 2007.

The Ford Focus has another weak month in 5th at 3%, but the much publicised new generation will kick in shortly and surely give it a sales boost. Already very strong in September, the Vauxhall Insignia increases its market share again to a UK best-ever 2.9% (vs. 2.2% last month) but drops one spot to 6th. The Nissan Qashqai climbs back into the Top 10 at a very healthy 8th place and 2.4% of the market.

Top 10 October and Year-to-date tables below. Read more…

UK September 2010

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Vauxhall Insignia

Twice a year, new car plates are released in the UK which results in exceptionally high sales numbers, in March and September. This September is 9% below 2009 at 335,246 sales but the year-to-date numbers are still up 8% at 1,635,659 sales.

The Ford Fiesta stays ahead with more than 19,000 units sold this month and 5.7% market share (vs. 5.3% over 2010). Below, the ranking gets a bit of a shake. Given this month’s high sales level, September’s positions affect the year-to-date positions greatly. The Ford Focus has performed poorly this month with only 3% of the market and drops 2 spots in the year-to-date ranking to 4th at 3.9%. The Vauxhall Astra, 3rd in September, jumps 2nd in 2010, and the Vauxhall Corsa, 2nd in September, climbs 3rd in 2010.

Full ranking table, Vauxhall Insignia’s performance and more commentaries below.

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