New car registrations in the United Kingdom rose 11% in November 2012. Ford remained on top with more than 21,000 sales and 14.2% of the market.
Six Volkswagen Group brands together owned one-fifth of the market. Audi’s year-to-date lead over BMW shrunk to just 1481 units. Audi was 3842 sales ahead of BMW at the end of August.
Through the first eleven months of 2012, fewer than one-third of the brands in this table suffered year-over-year declines. Saab, Lotus, Proton, Maserati, and Perodua barely count. Aston Martin’s 103-unit drop attracts attention, not because Aston Martin is such a mainstream brand, but because it’s a British brand competing in its home market, a market that favours British brands.
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Strange as it may sound to North American buyers, Mini outsold Honda in the United Kingdom in November. Land Rover did, too. Jaguar outsells Lexus by a 1.6-to-1 count. And Volkswagen-owned Bentley? With 0.07% of the UK new car market in November, Bentley’s obviously a niche brand. But Bentley owned just 0.02% of the American new vehicle market last month. That says something about the love of Bentley in Britain.
43 brands are ranked by November 2012 UK sales volume in the table below. GoodCarBadCar ranked the UK’s 10 best-selling cars earlier this morning.