03 June 2018

Top 5 Larger Car Models UK : 2016/17

Can the Insignia hold on to 5th spot? Bets being taken now

With only 15% of sales, it is a relatively insignificant area of the market. However, in terms of value, it would be much higher. The area that held up well was the Upper Medium (basically large), for back in 2004 for example it had 18%. So that's down nearly half. In the same period, Executive is up (4.3% to 4.8%) and Luxuary down (0.53% to 0.36).

A major reason for two of those dropping is the SUV, which have become ubiquitous. Whether we like it or not, they are taking over, although some are crossovers which are slightly raised regular models. Still, they handle well with driver aids and offer a better view and more space that the conventional car.

BMW and Mercedes are the main brands here, with the odd Audi and Jaguar to keep things slightly more interesting. Not one model entered or left the charts. I would like to say a one off but the same models were there in 2015. It seems a predictable lot buy larger and premium cars.

2016

Upper medium Executive Luxury

9.5%

4.7%

0.39%
BMW 3 Series 36,732 M Benz C-Class 44,184 M Benz S-Class 3,339
Audi A4 26,686 M Benz E-Class 25,537 BMW 7-Series 2,076
Vauxhall Insignia 25,095 BMW 5 Series 19,621 Jaguar XJ 1,206
BMW 4-Series 23,479 Audi A6 18,698 Audi A8 1,060
Škoda Octavia 23,068 Jaguar XF 9,619 Bentley Conti 1,033
Other 47.4% 121,864 Other 7.9% 10,145 Other 17.0% 1,786
Total
256,924 Total
127,804 Total
10,500

2017

Upper medium Executive Luxury

9.6%

4.8%

0.36%
BMW 3 Series 35,904 M Benz C-Class 45,912 M Benz S-Class 2,939
Audi A4 25,294 M Benz E-Class 26,733 BMW 7-Series 2,274
BMW 4-Series 22,050 BMW 5 Series 19,477 Jaguar XJ 970
Škoda Octavia 20,493 Audi A6 12,768 Bentley Conti 770
Vauxhall Insignia 16,884 Jaguar XF 7,710 Audi A8 749
Other 50.4% 122,335 Other 8.6% 10,568 Other 16.2% 1,489
Total
242,960 Total
123,168 Total
9,191


Data source: SMMT.

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