UK Auto Sales By Brand – January 2011


Having already processed a slightly more interesting piece on Britain’s best-selling cars, let’s be mindful that January 2011 car sales Across The Pond can’t correlate properly with January 2010 sales because of the UK’s scrappage scheme from a year ago. British new car registrations were artificially inflated at this time last year, so lower sales volumes were anticipated in the first month of 2011.

The overall market dropped by 11.5% in January, thus, the leading automaker’s 11.2% decline seems in accordance. Not surprisingly, the leading luxury automaker was BMW; Audi trailed only slightly. The UK’s best-selling Japanese brand was Toyota, way back in seventh position. Apart from GM-run Vauxhall, the top British brand was Land Rover, an Indian-owned sport-utility builder. Then of course there’s Mini, whose parent company is Munich-based BMW. Jaguar, a Tata property just like Land Rover, sat in 24th spot. 

Eventually, a scroll down the list will reveal other British automakers, all owned by off-island companies like Proton (Lotus’s parent), Investment Dar (Aston Martin’s fund source), Volkswagen (Bentley’s overlord), and China (MG’s a part of the Nanjing/SAIC partnership). 

Yup, it’s America’s Blue Oval atop the standings. Ford, to many Britons and Europeans, isn’t just an American company. Multitudes of Ford Motor Company products have been developed and manufactured on their side of the Atlantic.

Rank
Automaker
January 2011
% Change
#1
Ford
19,657
-11.2
#2
Vauxhall
15,311
-4.3
#3
Volkswagen
11,041
-26.2
#4
BMW
8726
+67.2
#5
Audi
8302
+5.2
#6
Peugeot
6842
-18.3
#7
Toyota
5557
-24.4
#8
Mercedes-Benz
5195
+24.6
#9
Nissan
5174
-10.1
#10
Citroen
5126
+3.6
#11
Hyundai
3974
-45.4
#12
Honda
3957
-8.6
#13
Renault
3867
-33.8
#14
Kia
3100
-38.4
#15
Skoda
3061
+7.3
#16
Land Rover
2530
+0.5
#17
Fiat
2488
-37.4
#18
Seat
2400
+4.7
#19
Mazda
2189
-23.5
#20
Volvo
2116
-20
#21
Mini
1614
-24.4
#22
Suzuki
1069
+0.8
#23
Chevrolet
939
-15.6
#24
Jaguar
856
-17.8
#25
Mitsubishi
760
+40.2
#26
Alfa Romeo
595
+59.1
#27
Lexus
469
-27.2
#28
Saab
452
+253.1
#29
Porsche
360
-21.7
#30
smart
203
-52.1
#31
Subaru
181
-17
#32
Jeep
80
-52.9
#33
Abarth
78
+14.7
#34
Bentley
75
-7.4
#35
Chrysler
56
-52.5
#36
Aston Martin
55
+5.8
#37
Proton
34
-49.3
#38
Infiniti
31
+158.3
#39
Perodua
31
-45.6
#40
Lotus
19
-26.9
#41
Ssangyong
3
-76.9
#42
Daihatsu
2
-90.9
#43
MG
2
-90.9

Source: Automakers & SMMT

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