UK auto brand market share chart April 2012
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Ford UK’s year-to-date lead over Vauxhall expanded to 29,146 by the end of April 2012. Sales in Blue Oval showrooms increased 12% in April; Vauxhall sales slid 10%. Ford’s gains were by no means the best (though, strictly by volume, Ford’s 2210-unit increase was notable) and Vauxhall’s losses were by no means the worst.

Volkswagen, for example, fell 16%. Renault, which recently shrunk the size of its lineup in the United Kingdom, plunged 56%. Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Mitsubishi, and Subaru slid 52%, 30%, 41%, and 38%, respectively.

On the other hand, sales at BMW and Mercedes-Benz shot up sharply. Toyota was also much improved compared with their April 2011 UK sales performance. Thanks in no small part to the Evoque, Land Rover sales jumped 54%. Jaguar sold 289 more cars this April than last. Honda sales jumped 20%, yet the world’s foremost manufacturer of internal combustion engines still struggled to have much of an impact in the UK car market. Peugeot, Citroen, Hyundai, Kia, Skoda, and Fiat all sold cars more frequently than Honda last month.

Overall, the British new car market increased at a 3.3% clip in April. Sales were up 1.4% through the first four months of this year. The SMMT points out that UK car sales are still down substantially from 2007 but have risen significantly since 2009. 6% of the new vehicles sold so far this year have been Ford Fiestas. The Fiesta’s market share in the United Kingdom is even more noteworthy than the dominating Ford F-Series’ hold in the United States.

All brands competing for sales in the UK are ranked below by April 2012 volume. We published the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars list a few hours ago.

Rank
Automaker
April 2012

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
20,621
+ 12.0%
103,469
+ 5.1%
#2
Vauxhall
16,487
– 9.9%
74,323
– 12.6%
#3
Volkswagen
13,300
– 15.9%
63,173
+ 1.1%
#4
BMW
9846
+ 22.9%
39,909
+ 4.2%
#5
Audi
8991
– 3.5%
44,953
+ 6.7%
#6
Mercedes-Benz
6721
+ 19.8%
32,297
+ 14.4%
#7
Nissan
6356
– 9.3%
36,437
+ 13.8%
#8
Toyota
6191
+ 35.1%
31,951
+ 13.0%
#9
Peugeot
6125
+ 4.7%
35,536
+ 3.5%
#10
Citroen
5325
+ 26.0%
24,910
+ 0.6%
#11
Hyundai
5271
+ 14.3%
23,032
+ 4.9%
#12
Kia
5120
+ 40.6%
22,331
+ 22.0%
#13
Skoda
4039
+ 16.0%
17,917
+ 22.3%
#14
Fiat
3675
+ 25.0%
16,734
+ 9.5%
#15
Honda
3413
+ 19.6%
18,160
– 8.7%
#16
Seat
3002
+ 18.4%
13,086
+ 0.6%
#17
Land Rover
2633
+ 53.8%
18,443
+ 23.2%
#18
Volvo
2627
+ 14.1%
11,502
– 2.1%
#19
Mini
2581
+ 10.5%
13,887
– 3.8%
#20
Renault
2081
– 56.0%
13,662
– 45.6%
#21
Mazda
1348
– 15.2%
11,056
– 8.2%
#22
Suzuki
1033
– 7.6%
8744
+ 9.6%
#23
Chevrolet
910
– 15.0%
6192
+ 28.1%
#24
Jaguar
805
+ 56.0%
4825
+ 6.0%
#25
Porsche
699
+ 44.1%
2427
+ 32.0%
#26
Alfa Romeo
637
– 51.5%
2946
– 34.0%
#27
Lexus
551
– 29.8%
3243
+ 6.0%
#28
Mitsubishi
436
– 40.9%
2538
– 41.1%
#29
smart
378
+ 6.8%
1866
+ 1.3%
#30
Chrysler
217
+ 1106%
999
+ 360%
#31
Jeep
128
– 14.7%
810
+ 33.0%
#32
Infiniti
103
+ 129%
247
+ 79.0%
#33
Bentley
92
– 17.1%
421
+ 15.7%
#34
Subaru
83
– 37.6%
1003
– 11.9%
#35
Ssangyong
69
+ 3350%
302
+ 3256%
#36
Aston Martin
65
– 35.0%
368
– 11.8%
#37
Abarth
60
– 44.4%
422
– 17.1%
#38
Perodua
40
– 21.6%
175
– 14.2%
#39
Proton
27
– 50.0%
122
– 42.2%
#40
Maserati
26
– 18.8%
125
– 11.4%
#41
Saab
23
– 95.3%
137
– 95.2%
#42
MG
16
+ 45.5%
462
+ 1493%
#43
Lotus
8
– 78.4%
43
– 74.7%

Source: Automakers & SMMT

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