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The £18,300 Mercedes-Benz A180

As expected, new car sales in the United Kingdom increased in September 2012. The increase was particularly strong given recent European standards. UK residents registered 8.2% more new vehicles than in September 2011. BMW, Audi, Toyota, Hyundai, Citroen, Kia, Honda, Fiat, Land Rover, and Seat all reported double-digit year-over-year gains. 

Ford was the best-selling brand in the UK last month. Volkswagen and its partner brands accounted for one out of every five new vehicle sales. Growth at Nissan was overshadowed by Renault’s sharp decline. 

September 2012 UK auto brand market share chart
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BMW ended the month as the UK’s top-selling premium brand. Audi’s year-to-date lead in that category now stands at 3698 units. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz accounted for 17% of all UK new vehicle sales in September 2012. America’s three best-selling premium brands in September were Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Lexus. In the U.S., these three brands were responsible for 5.6% of the market. And in Canada, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi controlled the podium, they accounted for just 5.5% of the market.

The UK clearly loves its premium cars, something they can afford to do when a 122-horsepower Mercedes-Benz A180 costs only £200 more than a basic 120-horsepower Ford Mondeo.

GoodCarBadCar has already published September’s list of the UK’s 10 best-selling cars. Key links are clickable at the bottom of this post. Below, a lengthy table ranks 43 brands by September volume and throws the corporate partners together for an additional perspective.

Rank
Automaker
September 2012

Change
Year
To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
47,370
+ 9.3%
224,369
+ 4.5%
#2
Vauxhall
38,889
+ 3.8%
179,698
– 4.5%
#3
Volkswagen
31,424
+ 7.4%
146,720
+ 2.3%
#4
BMW
22,427
+ 23.3%
97,692
+ 7.7%
#5
Audi
22,283
+ 19.9%
101,390
+ 9.8%
#6
Nissan
19,399
+ 4.4%
84,519
+ 9.5%
#7
Peugeot
18,100
+ 7.1%
81,145
+ 4.2%
#8
Mercedes-Benz
16,618
+ 8.7%
73,401
+ 12.8%
#9
Toyota
15,867
+ 21.9%
68,889
+ 18.5%
#10
Hyundai
13,480
+ 16.6%
56,119
+ 14.3%
#11
Citroen
12,851
+ 11.4%
58,398
+ 6.2%
#12
Kia
11,608
+ 19.3%
52,899
+ 22.3%
#13
Honda
11,602
+ 19.7%
44,144
+ 11.6%
#14
Mini
9419
– 2.8%
38,136
– 0.03%
#15
Fiat
9028
+ 28.5%
39,780
+ 16.3%
#16
Land Rover
8745
+ 40.4%
38,847
+ 35.4%
#17
Seat
7739
+ 17.0%
30,443
+ 5.5%
#18
Skoda
7480
+ 7.6%
41,522
+ 14.4%
#19
Renault
7161
– 36.3%
30,369
– 43.1%
#20
Suzuki
5850
+ 28.6%
20,964
+ 23.7%
#21
Mazda
4952
– 30.3%
22,713
– 16.1%
#22
Volvo
4325
– 20.5%
24,250
– 7.1%
#23
Jaguar
2962
– 10.1%
11,139
– 1.7%
#24
Chevrolet
1682
+ 2.3%
11,692
+ 16.1%
#25
Lexus
1541
– 3.7%
7067
+ 14.7%
#26
Alfa Romeo
1227
– 37.5%
6115
– 35.5%
#27
Porsche
1123
+ 19.1%
5958
+ 29.6%
#28
Mitsubishi
971
– 39.1%
4957
– 40.9%
#29
smart
885
+ 15.5%
4039
+ 0.2%
#30
Chrysler
795
+ 125%
2932
+ 267%
#31
Subaru
349
– 39.1%
4957
– 40.9%
#32
Jeep
313
– 29.2%
1672
+ 0.2%
#33
Abarth
248
– 7.1%
939
– 13.5%
#34
Bentley
168
+ 24.4%
977
+ 14.8%
#35
Ssangyong
164
+ 681%
688
+ 2050%
#36
Aston Martin
163
+ 14.8%
738
– 13.4%
#37
MG
72
+ 67.4%
631
+ 178%
#38
Perodua
60
– 15.5%
343
– 23.6%
#39
Maserati
41
0.0%
240
– 22.8%
#40
Infiniti
32
+ 45.5%
374
+ 67.0%
#41
Lotus
17
+ 240%
120
– 56.7%
#42
Proton
12
– 71.4%
197
– 47.5%
#43
Saab
8
– 97.1%
215
– 94.7%
—–
—–
—–
—–
—–
Volkswagen
Group
70,217
+ 12.4%
327,010
+ 6.4%
Ford
Motor Company
47,370
+ 9.3%
224,369
+ 4.5%
General Motors
40,571
+ 3.7%
191,390
– 3.4%
BMW-Mini
31,846
+ 14.2%
135,828
+ 5.4%
PSA
Peugeot
& Citroen
30,951
+ 8.8%
139,543
+ 5.0%
RNA
Renault, Nissan
& Infiniti 
26,592
– 10.9%
115,262
– 11.8%
Hyundai-Kia
25,088
+ 17.8%
109,018
+ 18.1%
Daimler AG
17,503
+ 9.1%
77,440
+ 12.1%
Toyota UK
17,408
+ 19.1%
75,956
+ 18.2%
Jaguar-Land Rover
11,707
+ 22.9%
49,986
+ 24.9%
Fiat Group &
Chrysler-Jeep
11,652
+ 15.4%
51,918
+ 9.2%
Honda
11,602
+ 19.7%
44,144
+ 11.6%
—–
—– —– —– —–
Total
359,612
+ 8.2%
1,620,609
+ 4.3%

Source: Automakers & SMMT

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