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2015 (Q3) Britain: Best-Selling Car Brands and Models

by Henk Bekker

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Ford, Vauxhall and VW were the top-selling car manufacturers in the UK during the first nine months of 2015. The Fiesta was Britain’s favorite car model. In September 2015, the British car market expanded for the 43rd consecutive month. During the first three quarters, new passenger vehicle registrations in the UK exceeded two million cars for the first time since 2004.

Mini at Geneva Auto Salon 2014

The British New Car Market in 2015 (Q3)

New passenger vehicle registrations in the United Kingdom increased by 7.1% to 2,096,888 cars during the first nine months of 2015.

September 2015 was the 43rd consecutive month of year-on-year growth and with 462,517 cars the strongest September on record. September is traditionally one of the two highest volume months for British car sales due to a change of number plate digits.

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The British car market was helped by general strength in the economy but also new model launches with interesting technology. Low interest rates also make financing more affordable.

Best-Selling Car Brands in the UK in 2015 (Q3)

The top-selling car marques during the first nine months of 2015 in Britain according to car sales statistics released by the SMMT were:

2014

2015

Marque

Q1-3/2015

Q1-3/2014

% Market Share

% Change

Total

2,096,886

1,958,196

100

7.08

1

1

Ford

268,328

262,754

12.8

2.12

2

2

Vauxhall

212,100

210,357

10.11

0.83

3

3

Volkswagen

182,441

168,662

8.7

8.17

4

4

Audi

133,300

126,487

6.36

5.39

6

5

Nissan

124,967

106,890

5.96

16.91

5

6

BMW

124,309

113,520

5.93

9.5

7

7

Mercedes-Benz

116,509

99,096

5.56

17.57

8

8

Peugeot

84,593

85,418

4.03

-0.97

9

9

Toyota

81,604

76,055

3.89

7.3

11

10

Hyundai

70,623

65,564

3.37

7.72

10

11

Citroen

66,338

66,542

3.16

-0.31

12

12

Kia

64,208

62,538

3.06

2.67

13

13

Skoda

60,144

60,386

2.87

-0.4

15

14

Renault

59,221

50,732

2.82

16.73

14

15

Fiat

51,867

53,781

2.47

-3.56

16

16

Land Rover

49,881

45,483

2.38

9.67

19

17

MINI

47,182

36,584

2.25

28.97

17

18

Honda

43,563

44,102

2.08

-1.22

18

19

SEAT

40,520

42,611

1.93

-4.91

21

20

Mazda

37,923

31,373

1.81

20.88

22

21

Volvo

32,391

30,784

1.54

5.22

20

22

Suzuki

28,706

31,431

1.37

-8.67

23

23

Dacia

20,386

18,583

0.97

9.7

25

24

Mitsubishi

18,100

11,162

0.86

62.16

24

25

Jaguar

17,966

14,627

0.86

22.83

26

26

Lexus

10,618

8,629

0.51

23.05

27

27

Porsche

9,559

6,483

0.46

47.45

30

28

Jeep

8,420

2,844

0.4

196.06

29

29

smart

6,363

4,016

0.3

58.44

 –

30

DS

4,549

0

0.22

0

Best-Selling Car Manufacturers in Britain in 2015 (Q3)

Ford and Vauxhall easily maintained their traditional positions as Britain’s strongest car manufacturers. However, both carmakers strongly underperformed with Vauxhall clearly in need of the new Astra model.

Volkswagen and Audi were again in third and fourth place. However, both Volkswagen and Audi may face a more uncertain fourth quarter due to the unknown influence of the emissions scandal that broke only late in September. Uncertainty, more than actual problems with the cars currently on the market, may be the more damaging factor for Volkswagen and other group brands including Audi, Seat and Skoda.

Nissan sales in Britain had been much stronger in 2015 allowing the Japanese carmaker to just overtake BMW for fifth place thus far this year. Mercedes Benz was the most-improved brand of the top ten best-selling car marques in Britain.

Peugeot was the only top-ten car brand with lower sales in Britain during the first nine months of 2015. Peugeot maintained its rank position, as did Toyota.

Hyundai increased sales by just over market average but sufficient to enter the top-ten list at the expense of Citroen, which slipped to eleventh. Citroen sales were slightly weaker but in part due to DS being established as a separate brand this year (and entered the list at 30 at the expense of Alfa Romeo).

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A few further salient figures from the top-30 best-selling marques in Britain during the first three quarters of 2015:

Best-Selling Car Models in the UK in 2015 (Q3)

The following were the most popular car models in Britain during the first three quarters of 2015 according to new passenger vehicle registration figures released by the SMMT:

2014

2015

Models

Q1-3/2015

Q1-3/2014

1

1

Ford Fiesta

108,054

106,930

3

2

Vauxhall Corsa

72,835

62,693

2

3

Ford Focus

69,053

67,015

4

4

Volkswagen Golf

59,200

58,664

6

5

Nissan Qashqai

49,715

38,920

7

6

Volkswagen Polo

45,537

36,772

5

7

Vauxhall Astra

42,687

47,482

8

8

Audi A3

38,253

35,596

 –

9

Mini

35,679

NA

 –

10

Mercedes Benz C Class

35,505

NA

Top-Ten List of Best-Selling Car Model in Britain in 2015 (Q3)

The Ford Fiesta easily maintained its traditional position as Britain’s favorite car model. However, Fiesta sales were only around a thousand units more than during the same period last year – a rather weak performance in an expanding market.

The new Vauxhall Corsa overtook the Ford Focus for second place. Corsa sales were up by 10,000 while Ford Focus sales increased by only around 2,000 cars.

The Volkswagen Golf maintained its fourth place with unit sales up only around 600 cars. Sales may be hurt during the rest of the year due to the emission scandal, although the Golf remains a very desirable car in Britain.

The Nissan Qasqai improved to fifth place – it was sixth during both 2014 and 2013. The VW Polo similarly improved one position – it was 7th in 2014 and 9th in 2013. Both models hugely increased the number of cars sold in Britain thus far in 2015.

The Vauxhall Astra slipped from 5th to 7th. It was the only top model to have sold fewer cars thus far this year. A new Astra model is due towards the end of 2015.

The Audi A3 maintained its 8th position from last year.

New entrants on the top-ten list of Britain’s most popular car models are the Mini and Mercedes Benz C Class. The Fiat 500 and BMW 3 Series dropped off the list.

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