UK Auto Sales By Brand – June 2011


2011 Audi A1 red

Britons acquired 183,125 new vehicles in June 2011, down 6.2% from June 2010, SMMT says. 13.6% of the 183K were Fords. 36% of those Fords were Fiestas.

The British car market loves premium brand vehicles. What makes a vehicle “premium” isn’t easy to determine. Take the Audi A1 as an example. Its base price of £13,420 is more than £2000 less than the Ford Focus’s MSRP. Can that possibly be a premium car? Assuming that it is, that anything badged with a BMW propeller or Mercedes-Benz tri-star or Maserati’s trident is a premium car, and the British new car market was 22% premium in June. In the United States, premium brands owned 11% of the new vehicle market. There’s no such thing as an Audi A1 in America, no Volvo C30 with 115 horsepower and a price that’s lower than the Volkswagen Golf.

This is the twelfth consecutive month that the British car market has been in decline. Much of that has to do with the old scrappage scheme, but the economy’s not exactly in a state of bliss. Some people don’t have jobs. The unemployed don’t buy cars. The abundance of red font in the table below shows how far the tentacles of decline have flung. Ssangyong’s downfall was the worst in June. Subaru’s struggles were mighty, as well. Jeep’s June improvements were striking, but seven other brands posted gains greater than 20% last month. 

Rank
Automaker
June 2011

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
24,461
+3.1
144,481
-8.8
#2
Vauxhall
23,613
-21.8
127,459
-4.5
#3
Volkswagen
16,447
+0.6
94,332
-1.8
#4
BMW
12,419
+16.3
60,606
+18.1
#5
Audi
10,701
+19.8
61,921
+9.6
#6
Peugeot
9471
-6.3
51,267
-14.2
#7
Nissan
8763
-15.6
48,671
+6.9
#8
Mercedes-Benz
7400
+5.3
41,692
+10.8
#9
Renault
7205
-18.5
36,814
-30.2
#10
Citroen
6261
-8.5
35,985
-5.0
#11
Mini
5917
+20.1
24,620
+10.6
#12
Toyota
5664
-33.6
38,312
-22.3
#13
Hyundai
5351
+29.4
31,576
-18.5
#14
Kia
5097
+22.3
27,281
-20.4
#15
Skoda
5096
+19.9
24,234
+6.7
#16
Fiat
4741
-11.0
23,126
-22.6
#17
Mazda
3362
-16.6
17,463
-29.8
#18
Honda
3308
-47.4
26,023
-25.5
#19
Volvo
3237
-7.9
17,831
-18.1
#20
SEAT
3072
+32.1
18,500
+6.8
#21
Land Rover
2583
-15.8
19,960
-9.4
#22
Suzuki
1671
-10.0
10,599
-9.2
#23
Chevrolet
1301
+16.5
6942
-12.7
#24
Jaguar
1214
-18.0
6888
-19.4
#25
Alfa Romeo
988
+33.3
6488
+69.1
#26
Mitsubishi
912
-51.7
6112
-3.6
#27
Lexus
582
-5.1
4114
+14.5
#28
smart
544
-31.2
2798
-32.5
#29
Porsche
478
-41.2
2959
-11.1
#30
Saab
265
-62.4
3509
+39.4
#31
Jeep
238
+158.7
1047
-7.2
#32
Bentley
113
+34.5
587
+11.0
#33
Abarth
104
-13.3
694
-5.6
#34
Subaru
91
-79.4
1494
-34.0
#35
Aston Martin
80
-12.1
585
+8.1
#36
Chrysler
59
-35.2
313
-60.8
#37
MG
48
+140
127
-29.8
#38
Perodua
45
-32.8
295
-35.0
#39
Maserati
41
-21.2
213
-10.1
#40
Proton
32
-45.8
287
-37.6
#41
Lotus
18
-72.7
218
-20.7
#42
Infiniti
9
-30.8
162
+195
#43
Ssangyong
1
-90.0
10
-94.3

Source: Automakers & SMMT

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