2011 Lotus Evora S Blue

Britain’s new car market grew 2.6% in October 2011 despite the efforts of 25 brands to pull the market down. Apart from the disappearance of Cadillac, Daihatsu, and Dodge (which combined for 24 sales last October) no decline was worse than the year-over-year plunge reported by Lotus. Down 93%, from 61 sales to just four, Lotus’s plans for the future aren’t helping the brand now. 

On the flip side, Ssangyong sales rose 290%, an increase which translated to only 29 extra sales this year. Lexus was up 82%. Land Rover sales shot up 63%. Hyundai improved at a 60% clip. Honda and Kia both posted 55% gains. 

None of these brands compare with Ford, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen, at least not in terms of overall volume and outright popularity. Of the three, only Volkswagen has posted a ten-month improvement compared with 2010. Of the three, only Volkswagen failed to post a year-over-year improvement in October. 

No luxury automaker competing in the United Kingdom sold more vehicles than BMW in October 2011. Though BMW sales were down and Audi sales were up, BMW’s 1408-unit victory collapsed Audi’s year-to-date lead down to 189 units.

Honda beat Hyundai and Toyota but the order is reversed if you consider all vehicles registered so far this year. Land Rover sold more than 2.6 times more vehicles than Mazda. And as you’ll see in the market share chart below the rankings, Jaguar/Land Rover owned 2.8% of the overall UK new vehicle market in October. 

There were nearly 135,000 new vehicles sold in the United Kingdom in October 2011. That means Brits bought one new car every time Americans bought 7.6 new cars. Britons have bought approximately 340,000 more new vehicles than Canadians have in the first ten months of 2011. Ford is the best-selling brand in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Canada. 17.7 of Canada’s new car market this year has been owned by the Ford Motor Company. Compare that with 13.8% in the UK and 16.8% in the U.S.

The United Kingdom’s October 2011 auto sales output is chronicled below. Keep scrolling for a market share pie chart. Check out last month’s UK Auto Sales By Brand post here.

Rank
Automaker
October 2011

Change
Year To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
18,476
+13.0
233,104
-5.5
#2
Vauxhall
16,008
+0.2
204,121
-4.9
#3
Volkswagen
12,106
-5.5
155,565
+3.0
#4
BMW
8985
-10.5
99,712
+8.3
#5
Audi
7577
+14.5
99,901
+13.1
#6
Nissan
6385
+7.6
83,569
+8.4
#7
Renault
6358
-15.2
59,699
-28.3
#8
Peugeot
6253
-0.7
84,153
-11.9
#9
Mercedes-Benz
5916
+19.1
70,987
+10.6
#10
Honda
4889
+55.4
44,453
-19.8
#11
Hyundai
4877
+59.5
53,968
-1.7
#12
Toyota
4655
-11.9
62,773
-18.7
#13
Citroen
4654
-6.3
59,621
-7.1
#14
Kia
4272
+55.1
47,525
-5.5
#15
Mini
3302
+3.7
41,449
+15.1
#16
Land Rover
3044
+63.3
31,728
-2.8
#17
Skoda
2944
+3.9
39,241
+11.0
#18
Fiat
2849
-19.7
37,041
-21.9
#19
Seat
2204
+5.8
31,066
+10.0
#20
Volvo
2051
-36.0
28,166
-14.9
#21
Mazda
1153
-49.9
28,223
-29.6
#22
Chevrolet
794
+10.4
10,867
-9.0
T23
Alfa Romeo
786
-6.8
10,266
+47.7
T23
Suzuki
786
-15.1
17,737
-4.8
#25
Jaguar
713
-11.5
12,050
-13.6
#26
Lexus
551
+81.9
6713
+19.3
#27
Porsche
545
-9.0
5141
-7.7
#28
Mitsubishi
500
-35.6
8883
-16.1
#29
smart
362
-3.5
4391
-34.8
#30
Subaru
176
-14.7
2350
-28.4
#31
Jeep
122
+17.3
1791
+4.3
#32
Abarth
71
-5.3
1156
-5.9
#33
Bentley
70
-17.7
921
+3.4
#34
Saab
60
-84.1
4106
-9.8
#35
Aston Martin
57
-40.6
909
-3.4
#36
Infiniti
56
+51.4
280
+77.2
#37
Perodua
42
-4.6
491
-28.2
#38
Chrysler
41
-50.0
839
-33.7
#39
Ssangyong
39
+290.0
71
-69.1
#40
Maserati
36
+33.3
347
-15.4
#41
Proton
20
-57.5
395
-42.4
#42
MG
15
-6.3
242
-9.0
#43
Lotus
4
-93.4
281
-37.3

Source: SMMT 
Red font indicates declining sales, year-over-year. Luxury auto brands are shown in bold.

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