United Kingdom Auto Sales By Brand – May 2012


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Brits registered 162,288 new vehicles in May 2012 according to the SMMT, a 7.9% increase over May 2011. The United Kingdom’s new car market is up 2.6% through five months. Ford is very clearly the best-selling new car brand in the UK; Volkswagen is just as clearly the leading auto manufacturing conglomerate. 

UK auto sales market share pie chart May 2012
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BMW sales increased in May, but not to the extent that Audi has been superseded as the UK’s top-selling premium brand in 2012. Audi’s lead over BMW did shrink to 4857 units by the end of May, however. Mercedes-Benz, the third-ranked premium automaker, is more than 17,000 units clear of fourth-ranked Land Rover.

Yes, that’s Land Rover you see ahead of Honda. It’s not abnormal in UK car sales to see Honda trailing the British SUV-maker. This is the third time in 2012 that it’s happened, although Honda outsold Land Rover by nearly 13,000 units in 2011. It’s not that any Honda machine lines up against a Land Rover SUV, but these rankings show the relative weakness of Honda in the United Kingdom, the strength of Land Rover in its home market, and the strength of Honda in the United States. For every Land Rover sold in America in May, Honda sold 35 vehicles.

While Land Rover, Suzuki, Chevrolet, Lexus, and Chrysler posted huge year-over-year percentage gains in May 2012, Subaru continues its slide out of the British new car market’s collective consciousness. Subaru sold only 86 cars in the United Kingdom in May. Bentley and smart both sold more. Year-to-date, Subaru sales are down 22%. 

Click the accompanying market share chart for a look at which automakers are truly dominant and which are truly niche-oriented. GoodCarBadCar will shortly publish a list of May 2012’s ten best-selling cars in the UK. For the first time this year, a Ford isn’t in top spot. In the table below you’ll find detailed May 2012 sales figures. Brands are ranked by total volume.

Rank
Automaker
May 2012

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
23,255
+ 7.8%
126,724
+ 5.6%
#2
Vauxhall
20,275
+ 7.6%
94,598
– 8.9%
#3
Volkswagen
15,511
+ 0.7%
78,684
+ 1.0%
#4
BMW
10,303
+ 4.3%
50,212
+ 4.2%
#5
Audi
10,116
+ 11.4%
55,069
+ 7.5%
#6
Peugeot
8238
+ 10.6%
43,774
+ 4.7%
#7
Mercedes-Benz
7282
+ 20.4%
39,579
+ 15.4%
#8
Nissan
6722
– 14.8%
43,159
+ 8.2%
#9
Toyota
6250
+ 43.0%
38,201
+ 17.0%
#10
Citroen
6039
+ 21.9%
30,949
+ 4.1%
#11
Kia
5176
+ 33.6%
27507
+ 24.0%
#12
Hyundai
4774
+ 11.8%
27,806
+ 6.0%
#13
Skoda
4696
+ 4.7%
22,613
+ 18.2%
#14
Fiat
4073
+ 31.2%
20,807
+ 13.2%
#15
Land Rover
3860
+ 60.8%
22,303
+ 28.4%
#16
Honda
3625
+ 27.9%
21,785
– 4.1%
#17
Mini
3576
– 16.1%
17,463
– 6.6%
#18
Renault
2814
– 37.3%
16,476
– 44.4%
#19
Seat
2669
+ 10.2%
15,755
+ 2.1%
#20
Volvo
2649
– 7.1%
14,151
– 3.0%
#21
Mazda
1901
– 7.7%
12,957
– 8.1%
#22
Suzuki
1824
+ 91.4%
10,568
+ 18.4%
#23
Chevrolet
1430
+ 77.2%
7622
+ 35.1%
#24
Jaguar
1126
+ 0.2%
5951
+ 4.9%
#25
Porsche
741
+ 15.4%
3168
+ 27.7%
#26
Lexus
695
+ 47.6%
3938
+ 11.5%
#27
Alfa Romeo
584
– 43.8%
3530
– 35.8%
#28
Mitsubishi
554
– 37.6%
3092
– 40.5%
#29
smart
309
– 24.8%
2175
– 3.5%
#30
Chrysler
266
+ 619%
1265
+ 398%
#31
Jeep
157
– 21.5%
967
+ 19.5%
#32
Bentley
137
+ 24.6%
558
+ 17.7%
#33
Subaru
86
– 67.4%
1089
– 22.4%
#34
Abarth
82
+ 1.2%
504
– 14.6%
#35
Ssangyong
74
—–
376
+ 4078%
#36
Aston Martin
54 – 38.6% 422 – 16.4%
#37
MG
49 – 2.0% 511 + 547%
T38
Lotus
36 + 20.0% 79 – 60.5%
T38
Perodua
36 – 21.7% 211 – 15.6%
#40
Maserati
25 – 19.4% 150 – 12.8%
#41
Infiniti
21 + 40.0% 268 + 75.2%
#42
Proton
16 – 63.6% 138 – 45.9%
#43
Saab
6 – 98.4% 143 – 95.6%
—– —– —– —– —–
VW Group 
& Porsche
33,870 + 5.4% 175,847 + 5.5%
FoMoCo
23,255 + 7.8% 126,724 + 5.6%
Vauxhall 
& Chevrolet
21,705 + 10.5% 102,220 – 6.6%
Peugeot 
& Citroen
14,277 + 15.1% 74,723 + 4.5%
BMW & Mini
13,879 – 1.9% 67,675 + 1.2%
Hyundai & Kia
9950 + 22.2% 55,313 + 14.3%
Renault, 
Nissan & Infiniti
9557 – 22.9% 55,903 – 19.8%
Mercedes-Benz
& smart
7591 + 17.5% 41,654 + 14.0%
Toyota & Lexus
6945 + 43.5% 42139 + 16.5%
Fiat Group, 
Chrysler & Jeep
5187 + 15.5% 27,223 + 5.9%
Jaguar 
& Land Rover
4986 + 41.4% 28,254 + 22.6%
Honda
3625 + 27.9% 21,785 – 4.1%

Source: Automakers & SMMT

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