2012 Citroen DS5 White

21 out of 43 car companies competing for sales in the United Kingdom suffered declining sales in August 2011. The overall market, however, was up 7.3% as the five most popular automakers found more buyers this August than last. Ford led the way with 8552 sales (+18%). BMW was the UK’s best-selling premium brand with 3873 sales, just 99 ahead of Audi. 

Apart from drastic declines and great gains made by brands which sell fewer than 100 vehicles per month in the United Kingdom, the best improvements in August were put up by Chevrolet, Mini, Alfa Romeo, and Porsche. On the flip side, Dodge and Daihatsu sales fell from 18 and 3, respectively, to zero. Ssangyong sales very nearly went poof. Lotus was down 55%. Renault, for a reason hopefully not related to the disappearance of desirability, slid 44%. That was enough to take the French brand back to 14th spot, behind three automakers which it leads in year-to-date terms. 

Half of all Nissan UK sales in August were Qashqais. The Focus and Fiesta accounted for 71% of all Ford sales. 65% of Vauxhall’s volume can be found by looking at Corsa and Astra sales. Outside of the Golf, Passat, and Polo there were only 1250 Volkswagen sales left for the Beetle, Eos, Fox, Jetta, Phaeton, Scirocco, Sharan, Tiguan,Touran, and Touareg to share.

In other words, residents of the United Kingdom have a group of favourite cars and they stick with’em. Precisely one-third of all new vehicles acquired in the UK last month were from the list of Top 10 Best-Selling Cars. That list will be published momentarily. For now, August 2011’s UK Auto Sales By Brand report can be viewed in the table below.

Rank
Automaker
August 2011

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
8552
+18.0
171,278
-6.9
#2
Vauxhall
6980
+11.8
150,641
-3.7
#3
Volkswagen
6238
+28.2
114,209
+0.6
#4
BMW
3873
+1.3
72,543
+14.5
#5
Audi
3774
+18.9
73,736
+12.0
#6
Peugeot
3149
-9.4
60,998
-14.0
#7
Citroen
2904
-5.5
43,429
-6.3
#8
Nissan
2651
-0.6
58,611
+5.8
#9
Toyota
2201
-1.0
45,099
-21.3
#10
Mercedes-Benz
2147
+13.8
49,789
+11.2
#11
Hyundai
2016
+34.1
37,529
-13.5
#12
Kia
1777
+21.4
33,524
-14.6
#13
Skoda
1742
+35.6
29,347
+8.4
#14
Renault
1657
-44.0
42,096
-31.6
#15
Fiat
1402
+34.3
27,167
-21.2
#16
Mini
1399
+85.8
28,457
+12.7
#17
SEAT
1022
+14.8
22,250
+7.1
#18
Honda
985
-31.2
29,874
-25.5
#19
Mazda
930
-38.5
19,962
-31.6
#20
Volvo
650
-2.6
20,672
-17.1
#21
Suzuki
630
+4.7
12,401
-5.7
#22
Chevrolet
489
+115.4
8429
-5.8
#23
Land Rover
381
-27.2
22,454
-10.2
#24
Alfa Romeo
334
+81.5
7516
+65.7
#25
Porsche
197
+57.6
3653
-16.0
#26
Mitsubishi
191
-23.6
6789
-4.6
#27
Jaguar
188
-32.6
8042
-21.2
#28
smart
150
-38.5
3263
-34.1
#29
Lexus
133
+17.7
4561
+11.1
#30
Saab
92
level
3774
+27.3
#31
Chrysler
78
+178.6
444
-50.4
#32
Aston Martin
45
-19.6
710
-1.5
#33
Jeep
40
+25.0
1227
-0.3
#34
Abarth
38
-25.5
818
-10.1
#35
Bentley
36
+44.0
716
+7.7
#36
Subaru
34
-27.7
1601
-34.1
#37
Perodua
31
-8.8
378
-30.1
#38
Proton
22
-38.9
333
-39.5
#39
MG
21
+133.3
184
-15.6
#40
Infiniti
13
-25.5
202
+112.6
#41
Maserati
13
-31.6
270
-14.8
#42
Lotus
9
-55.0
272
-24.0
#43
Ssangyong
1
-80.0
11
-94.7

Source: Automakers, MTI, SMMT

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