09 January 2018

UK Car Sales By Model : 2017


The UK car sales by model are in a state of flux after years of relative inertia. The last time that either a Ford or Vauxhall didn't hold the top two spots in the UK car market was way back in 1973 when the Morris Marina was second. This year the Golf took that second spot.

Another new fact was it's the first time a German brand car (VW) has been above fourth (the British were quick to forgive their cheating, polluting ways). Yet another interesting detail is the Nissan Qashqai's fourth was the best place ever for an Asian brand. Or course, it was designed for European tastes in the UK and built there too.

December '17
YTD '17
1 VW Golf 6,290 1 Ford Fiesta 94,533
2 Ford Fiesta 5,029 2 VW Golf 74,605
3 BMW MINI 4,370 3 Ford Focus 69,903
4 Vauxhall Astra 3,837 4 Nissan Qashqai 64,216
5 Ford Focus 3,624 5 Vauxhall Corsa 52,772
6 Nissan Qashqai 3,534 6 Vauxhall Astra 49,370
7 Vauxhall Mokka X 3,111 7 VW Polo 47,855
8 BMW 3-Series 2,860 8 BMW MINI 47,669
9 Ford Kuga 2,791 9 Mercedes C-Class 45,912
10 Mercedes A-Class 2,712 10 Mercedes A-Class 43,717

The light commercial vehicle market is listed below, dominated by the Ford Transit range. Originally from the UK and still hugely popular there, the Transit now comes from Turkey. The only local model here is the Vivaro, which enjoys modest sales.

December '17
YTD '17
1 Ford Transit Custom 4,780 1 Ford Transit Custom 51,885
2 Mercedes Sprinter 2,500 2 Ford Transit 27,062
3 VW Transporter 1,910 3 Mercedes Sprinter 23,588
4 Ford Transit 1,674 4 VW Transporter 21,898
5 Ford Transit Connect 1,405 5 Ford Transit Connect 19,805
6 Vauxhall Vivaro 1,160 6 Vauxhall Vivaro 18,808
7 Ford Ranger 1,159 7 Peugeot Partner 14,991
8 Peugeot Partner 1,053 8 Peugeot Boxer 14,062
9 Renault Trafic 995 9 Citro├źn Berlingo 13,875
10 Peugeot Boxer 829 10 Ford Ranger 13,044

Data source: SMMT.

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