2012 Land Rover LR4 cabin

The UK car market did not show signs of great health in February 2012 as sales slid 2.5% compared with February of last year. After realizing that March is expected to be a much bigger month in terms of volume, however, February appears somewhat unimportant in the grand scheme of things.

Besides, there were some high points. Ford, Britain’s number one automaker, posted gains of 19%. Through two months, Ford is up 7% in the United Kingdom. Audi, the UK’s top-ranked premium brand this year, was up 5% in February. Nissan, Peugeot, Kia, Volvo, and Chevrolet all reported double digit gains in February 2012, as well. Despite the introduction of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible Concept, Land Rover customers weren’t scared off. Year-over-year, sales climbed 27%.

The most drastic declines in February came from Saab (not surprisingly, given that Saab no longer exists), Lotus, Mitsubishi, Proton, Infiniti, and Honda. Sales at Honda fell 34% to 1350. That’s 401 sales behind Kia and only 90 units better than Mini.

January’s new car sales were significantly higher than February’s. Ford’s two top-selling models also traded spots on the best seller list. Get to know these figures as much as you’d like, and scan the market share chart at the bottom of the post, but remember, the UK new vehicle market could be better than five times stronger next month.

Rank
Automaker
February 2012

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
8957
+ 18.8%
29,018
+ 6.7%
#2
Volkswagen
7528
– 0.5%
19,117
+ 2.7%
#3
Vauxhall
7102
– 27.6%
19,212
– 23.5%
#4
Audi
3983
+ 5.3%
12,546
+ 3.8%
#5
BMW
3248
– 9.2%
9497
– 22.8%
#6
Nissan
3210
+ 11.4%
9495
+ 17.9%
#7
Peugeot
3160
+ 3.5%
10,442
+ 5.5%
#8
Mercedes-Benz
2969
+ 11.6%
9242
+ 17.6%
#9
Citroen
2549
+ 2.0%
6590
– 13.6%
#10
Hyundai
1980
– 2.6%
6046
+ 0.7%
#11
Toyota
1972
+ 0.8%
7728
+ 2.9%
#12
Kia
1751
+ 12.0%
6033
+ 29.4%
#13
Skoda
1653
– 2.2%
5371
+ 13.1%
#14
Fiat
1443
+ 7.5%
4329
+ 13.0%
#15
Renault
1415
– 21.7%
4217
– 25.7%
#16
Honda
1350
– 34.1%
4613
– 23.2%
#17
Mini
1260
+ 7.4%
2855
+ 2.4%
#18
Mazda
1055
– 17.7%
2839
– 18.2%
#19
Volvo
865
+ 16.9%
3238
+ 13.4%
#20
Seat
837
+ 2.1%
3267
+ 1.5%
#21
Land Rover
828
+ 27.2%
4320
+ 35.8%
#22
Suzuki
585
– 28.7%
1770
– 6.3%
#23
Chevrolet
475
+ 53.2%
2539
+ 103%
#24
Alfa Romeo
231
– 18.7%
769
– 12.5%
#25
Lexus
207
+ 184%
948
+ 74.9%
#26
Jaguar
198
– 12.8%
1113
+ 2.8%
#27
Porsche
159
+ 44.6%
568
+ 20.9%
#28
Subaru
154
+ 88.5%
378
+ 43.2%
#29
smart
131
– 22.9%
516
+ 38.4%
#30
Mitsubishi
130
– 58.2%
685
– 36.0%
#31
MG
103
+ 1188%
210
+ 2000%
#32
Jeep
80
+ 81.8%
238
+ 91.9%
#33
Chrysler
50
+ 179%
148
+ 100%
#34
Aston Martin
33
– 15.4%
96
+ 2.1%
#35
Abarth
31
– 11.4%
80
– 29.2%
#36
Bentley
24
+ 84.6%
131
+ 48.9%
#37
Ssangyong
19
0.0%
62
+ 1967%
#38
Perodua
17
– 5.6%
52
+ 6.1%
#39
Maserati
15
+ 36.4%
51
+ 6.3%
#40
Proton
13
– 48.0%
36
– 39.0%
#41
Infiniti
9
– 40.0%
42
– 8.7%
#42
Saab
5
– 96.9%
9
– 98.5%
#43
Lotus
2
– 96.6%
25
– 68.0%

Source: Automakers, MTI & SMMT

UK auto brand market share chart February 2012
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