October 2012 United Kingdom Auto Sales By Brand

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The SMMT says the UK auto industry recorded a 12% improvement in new vehicle sales in October 2012. Ford, Vauxhall, Audi, Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Kia, Skoda, Mini, and Fiat were the major brands which posted above-average year-over-year sales improvements. Through the first ten months of 2012, the UK market is up 5%. Twelve of the 15 leading brands have grown at a rate better than the overall industry. 

If many of the UK's top brands are selling so much better than they were last year, why has growth been moderate? For one thing, at Vauxhall, the United Kingdom's second-ranked brand, sales have fallen by 6400 units. But lower-volume mainstream brands like Renault and Mazda, as well as semi-premium players like Volvo and Alfa Romeo, have been a real drag on the overall market's growth.

UK October 2012 auto brand market share chart
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The shrinking Renault lineup has generated a 26,059-unit decline. Mazda is down by 4302 sales. Volvo's 866-unit drop wasn't quite as meaningful but has still brought the Swedes down by 3.1%. Alfa's 3624-unit is dreadful for a brand which only sold 10,266 cars in the first ten months of 2011, but Alfa has very little with which to compete.

GoodCarBadCar has already published a list of October's 10 best-selling cars in the United Kingdom. Two-thirds of the Fords sold in the UK last month were Fiestas and Foci. Two-thirds of the Vauxhalls sold were Corsas and Astras. 52% of the Volkswagens sold were Golfs and Polos. And 72% of the BMWs sold were of the 3-Series and 1-Series variety. And the Qashqai represents half of all Nissan UK sales in October.

Brand rankings are in the table below. Click the market share chart for a larger view; it offers a different look at the industry, one which shows the VW Group collecting one out of every five UK new vehicle sales in October.

Rank
Automaker
October 2012

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
20,740
+ 12.3%
245,109
+ 5.2%
#2
Vauxhall
18,023
+ 12.6%
197,721
- 3.1%
#3
Volkswagen
13,480
+ 11.3%
160,200
+ 3.0%
#4
BMW
9959
+ 10.8%
107,651
+ 8.0%
#5
Audi
9232
+ 21.8%
110,622
+ 10.7%
#6
Nissan
7197
+ 12.7%
91,716
+ 9.7%
#7
Peugeot
6888
+ 10.2%
88,033
+ 4.6%
#8
Hyundai
6861
+ 40.7%
62,980
+ 16.7%
#9
Mercedes-Benz
6522
+ 10.2%
79,923
+ 12.6%
#10
Citroen
5888
+ 26.5%
64,286
+ 7.8%
#11
Toyota
5179
+ 11.3%
74,068
+ 18.0%
#12
Kia
4837
+ 13.2%
57,736
+ 21.5%
#13
Skoda
4759
+ 61.7%
46,281
+ 17.9%
#14
Mini
4265
+ 29.2%
42,401
+ 2.3%
#15
Fiat
3960
+ 39.0%
43,740
+ 18.1%
#16
Land Rover
3465
+ 13.8%
42,312
+ 33.4%
#17
Honda
3352
- 31.4%
47,496
+ 6.8%
#18
Renault
3271
- 48.6%
33,640
- 43.7%
#19
Volvo
3050
+ 48.7%
27,300
- 3.1%
#20
Seat
2851
+ 29.4%
33,294
+ 7.2%
#21
Mazda
1208
+ 4.8%
23,921
- 15.2%
#22
Suzuki
934
+ 18.8%
21,898
+ 23.5%
#23
Jaguar
845
+ 18.5%
11,984
- 0.5%
#24
Porsche
636
+ 16.7%
6594
+ 28.3%
#25
Chevrolet
568
- 28.5%
12,260
+ 12.8%
#26
Alfa Romeo
527
- 33.0%
6642
- 35.3%
#27
smart
510
+ 40.9%
4549
+ 3.6%
#28
Lexus
504
- 8.5%
7571
+ 12.8%
#29
Mitsubishi
473
- 5.4%
5430
- 38.9%
#30
Jeep
339
+ 178%
2011
+ 12.3%
#31
Chrysler
159
+ 288%
3091
+ 268%
#32
Abarth
118
+ 66.2%
1057
- 8.6%
#33
Subaru
103
- 41.5%
1848
- 21.4%
#34
Bentley
98
+ 40.0%
1075
+ 16.7%
#35
Aston Martin
80
+ 40.4%
818
- 10.0%
#36
Ssangyong
67
+ 71.8%
755
+ 963%
#37
Infiniti
59
+ 5.4%
433
+ 54.6%
#38
MG
37
+ 147%
668
+ 176%
#39
Maserati
33
- 8.3%
273
- 21.3%
#40
Perodua
22
- 47.6%
365
- 25.7%
#41
Saab
16
- 73.3%
231
- 94.4%
#42
Proton
5
- 75.0%
202
- 48.9%
#43
Lotus
2
- 50.0%
122
- 56.6%
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Volkswagen
Group
31,056
+ 22.0%
358,066
+ 7.9%

Ford
Motor Company
20,740
+ 12.3%
245,109
+ 5.2%

General Motors
18,591
+ 10.6%
209981
- 2.3%

BMW-Mini
14,224
+ 15.8%
150,052
+ 6.3%

PSA
Peugeot
& Citroen
12,776
+ 17.1%
152,319
+ 5.9%

RNA
Renault, Nissan
& Infiniti 
10,527
- 17.8%
125,789
- 12.4%

Hyundai-Kia
11,698
+ 27.9%
120,716
+ 18.9%

Daimler AG
7032
+ 12.0%
84,472
+ 12.1%

Toyota UK
5683
+ 9.2%
81,639
+ 17.5%
Fiat Group &
Chrysler-Jeep
5136
+ 31.5%
56,814
51,440

Jaguar-Land Rover
4310
+ 14.7%
54,296
+ 24.0%

Honda
3352
- 31.4%
47,496
+ 6.8%
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Total
151,252
+ 12.1%
1,771,861
+ 5.0%
Source: Automakers & SMMT

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