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2015 (Q1) Britain: Best-Selling Car Manufacturers, Brands and Models

by Henk Bekker

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The best-selling car brands in the UK in the first quarter of 2015 were Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen. The Ford Fiesta was Britain’s favorite car model while the Corsa overtook the Focus for second place. New passenger vehicle registrations in the United Kingdom increased by 6.75% during the first three months of 2015 compared to a year ago.

Ford Fiesta & GT40 at Geneva Auto Show 2015

The British Car Market in 2015 (Q1)

The British new car market continued its expansion with March 2015 the 37th consecutive month of growth. March 2015 was also the strongest month for British car sales this century with 492,774 (+6%) car sold in what is traditionally the strongest calendar month for car sales in the UK.

New passenger vehicle registrations in the United Kingdom increased by 6.75% during the first three months of 2015 to 734,588 cars – nearly 50,000 cars more than in the same quarter in 2014.

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The British car market was helped by a generally growing economy but also the introduction of new models and attractive financing packages. Elections in early May may introduce some uncertainty during the second quarter of the year.

Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in the UK in 2015 (Q1)

The top-selling car marques in the UK during the first quarter of 2015, according to car sales statistics released by the SMMT were:

Q1/2015

Marque

Q1/2015

% Market Share

Q1/2014

% Change

Total

734,588

688,122

6.75

1

Ford

94,804

12.91

94,876

-0.08

2

Vauxhall

75,176

10.23

74,292

1.19

3

Volkswagen

60,388

8.22

56,271

7.32

4

Nissan

46,247

6.3

37,808

22.32

5

Audi

44,919

6.11

43,766

2.63

6

Mercedes-Benz

40,311

5.49

33,799

19.27

7

BMW

40,024

5.45

37,937

5.5

8

Peugeot

32,913

4.48

32,433

1.48

9

Toyota

30,210

4.11

27,732

8.94

10

Citroen

25,258

3.44

24,178

4.47

11

Hyundai

24,866

3.39

23,103

7.63

12

Kia

22,265

3.03

21,608

3.04

13

Land Rover

20,605

2.8

17,098

20.51

14

Renault

20,593

2.8

17,656

16.63

15

Skoda

18,731

2.55

20,307

-7.76

16

Fiat

18,049

2.46

18,782

-3.9

17

Honda

17,164

2.34

18,265

-6.03

18

MINI

14,961

2.04

9,767

53.18

19

Mazda

14,730

2.01

12,487

17.96

20

SEAT

14,158

1.93

14,023

0.96

21

Volvo

10,591

1.44

9,909

6.88

22

Suzuki

10,190

1.39

11,520

-11.55

23

Mitsubishi

7,970

1.08

2,727

192.26

24

Dacia

7,529

1.02

6,821

10.38

25

Jaguar

4,952

0.67

5,474

-9.54

26

Lexus

3,686

0.5

3,040

21.25

27

Porsche

2,730

0.37

2,140

27.57

28

Jeep

2,722

0.37

716

280.17

29

Alfa Romeo

1,438

0.2

1,576

-8.76

30

smart

1,310

0.18

1,290

1.55

Top 10 Best-Selling Car Brands in Britain in 2015 (Q1)

There were no changes in the car makes on the list of top-ten most popular car marques in the UK during the first quarter of 2015 compared to a year ago but the order changed slightly. The top three most-popular car brands in Britain remained unchanged.

Ford was still the top-selling car marque in Britain but during the first quarter of 2015, Ford sales were slightly lower than a year ago. In a growing market, Ford’s contraction of less than a tenth of a percentage point still cost it nearly a percent in market share.

Second placed Vauxhall similarly lost market share in an expanding market. Volkswagen maintained its third place and slightly outperformed the broader market.

Nissan improved from 6th last year to 4th this year. Nissan sales in the UK increased by 22% during the first quarter of 2015 – the most improved of the top-ten brands.

Audi slipped from 4th to 5th with sales increases of 2.63% but well below the market average.

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In contrast, Mercedes Benz saw sales increased by nearly a fifth to move from 7th a year ago to 6th. BMW sales increased by 5.5% but given Mercedes and Nissan’s performance, BMW slipped two positions from a year ago.

Peugeot, Toyota and Citroen all increased sales and maintained their relative rank positions. However, of the three, only Toyota outperformed the broader market.

Best-Selling Car Brands in Britain in 2015 (Q1)

A few further salient features from the British car sales statistics of the first quarter of 2015:

Top 10 Best-Selling Car Models in Britain in 2015 (Q1)

The ten most-popular car models in the UK during the first three months of 2015 according to the SMMT were:

Q1/2015

Car Make & Model

Cars Sold Q1/2015

Car Sales Q1 / 2014

1

Ford Fiesta

39,804

39,240

2

Vauxhall Corsa

29,100

23,839

3

Ford Focus

22,287

24,759

4

VW Golf

19,435

19,160

5

Nissan Qashqai

18,686

12,937

6

Vauxhall Astra

15,009

17,465

7

VW Polo

14,821

13,631

8

Audi A3

14,358

11,583

9

Mercedes Benz C-Class

13,975

10

Fiat 500

13,243

11,685

Britain’s Ten Favorite Car Models in 2015 (Q1)

Despite flat sales, the Ford Fiesta easily remained the favorite car model of the British during the first quarter of 2015. The new Vauxhall Corsa overtook the Ford Focus to take second place. Corsa sales were around 5,000 cars more than a year ago while Ford sold 2,500 fewer Focus cars than during the first three months of 2014.

The VW Golf maintained its fifth place despite selling only a few hundred more cars than a year ago. By contrast, the Nissan Qasqai sales increased by nearly 6,000 allowing the Japanese small SUV to improved from 7th to 5th.

The Vauxhall Astra and VW Polo both slipped one position each. The Astra was with the Focus, the only model on the top ten to have sold fewer cars during the first quarter of 2015 compared to a year ago. The new Astra model is expected towards the end of the year.

The Audi A3 improved one position while the Fiat 500 slipped from 8th to 10th. The Mercedes Benz C-Class was the only new entrant on the top-ten list of best-selling car models in Britain during the first three months of 2015 The BMW 3 Series slipped off the list – in part due to BMW’s decision to split the 3 and 4 series model names.

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