07 January 2012

Car Sales UK: 2011


The UK market was the lowest in total sales since 1994, quite surprising to me. Ford's UK sales were the lowest since 1975 and as for its market share, I don't know when it was ever lower. The prospect that Ford may lose its mantle of #1 in the UK in the not too distant future a real possibility. If that is the price for greater profitability, so be it.

1 Ford 265,900 13.7%
2 Vauxhall 234,700 12.1%
3 VW 179,300 9.2%
4 BMW 116,600 6.0%
5 Audi 113,800 5.9%
6 Nissan 96,300 5.0%
7 Peugeot 95,000 4.9%
8 Mercedes 81,900 4.2%
9 Toyota 73,600 3.8%
10 Citroen 68,500 3.5%
11 Renault 68,400 3.5%
12 Hyundai 62,900 3.2%
13 Kia 53,600 2.8%
14 Honda 50,600 2.6%
15 MINI 50,100 2.6%
16 Skoda 45,100 2.3%
17 Fiat 42,900 2.2%
18 Land Rover 37,600 1.9%
19 Seat 36,100 1.9%
20 Volvo 32,700 1.7%
21 Mazda 31,200 1.6%
22 Suzuki 20,300 1.0%
23 Jaguar 13,800 0.7%
24 Chevrolet 12,500 0.6%
25 Alfa Rom 11,600 0.6%
26 Mitsubishi 9,800 0.5%
27 Lexus 8,300 0.4%
28 Porsche 6,400 0.3%
29 smart 5,050 0.3%
30 Saab 4,150 0.2%
Others 12,700 0.7%
Total 1,941,250 4.4% decrease.

Solid winners were Audi (+14%), MINI (+14.2%), Alfa (+30.9%) and Lexus (+33.3%). Those hurting are Peugeot (-13.1%), Toyota (-15.8%), Renault (-28.4%), Honda (-20.5%), Fiat (-21.3%) and Mazda (-31.3%).

Audi is at its highest position ever and Nissan's best since 1991.

My guess: A flat (or worse) 2012 looms.

Stats: SMMT

Pics: Ford Focus zcars.com.au
Vauxhall Astra CarBlank.com
Nissan Qashqai Mirror.co.uk

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