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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.

November 2012 UK auto brand market share chart
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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.

Rank
Automaker
November 2012

Change
Year
To Date
YTD 
% Change
#1
Ford
21,152
+ 16.9%
266,261
+ 6.0%
#2
Vauxhall
18,262
+ 23.3%
215,983
– 1.4%
#3
Volkswagen
13,247
+ 0.5%
173,447
+ 2.8%
#4
BMW
9704
+ 3.3%
117,355
+ 7.6%
#5
Audi
8214
+ 8.3%
118,836
+ 10.6%
#6
Nissan
7678
+ 11.1%
99,394
+ 9.9%
#7
Peugeot
6696
+ 8.1%
94,729
+ 4.9%
#8
Mercedes-Benz
6671
+ 9.9%
86,594
+ 12.4%
#9
Toyota
6346
+ 19.3%
80,414
+ 18.1%
#10
Hyundai
5754
+ 63.9%
68,734
+ 19.6%
#11
Citroen
5435
+ 12.9%
69,721
+ 8.2%
#12
Kia
5003
+ 39.7%
62,739
+ 22.8%
#13
Mini
4424
+ 0.3%
46,825
+ 2.1%
#14
Skoda
4122
+ 40.1%
50,403
+ 19.5%
#15
Land Rover
3782
+ 19.6%
46,094
+ 32.1%
#16
Renault
3387
– 19.4%
37,027
– 42.1%
#17
Honda
3381
– 12.5%
50,877
+ 5.3%
#18
Fiat
2907
+ 22.8%
46,647
+ 18.4%
#19
Seat
2705
+ 6.6%
35,999
+ 7.1%
#20
Volvo
2460
– 1.2%
29,760
– 2.9%
#21
Suzuki
1431
+ 7.1%
23,329
+ 22.3%
#22
Mazda
1292
– 5.1%
25,213
– 14.8%
#23
Jaguar
1071
+ 15.9%
13,055
+ 0.6%
#24
Chevrolet
780
– 18.1%
13,040
+ 10.3%
#25
Porsche
643
+ 22.9%
7237
+ 27.8%
#26
smart
553
+ 73.9%
5102
+ 8.4%
#27
Lexus
443
– 49.3%
8014
+ 5.6%
#28
Mitsubishi
384
– 21.8%
5814
– 38.0%
#29
Alfa Romeo
321
– 53.4%
6963
– 36.4%
#30
Jeep
175
+ 23.2%
2186
+ 13.1%
#31
Abarth
115
+ 102%
1172
– 3.4%
#32
Bentley
109
+ 67.7%
1184
+ 20.1%
#33
Chrysler
107
– 54.3%
3198
+ 198%
#34
Subaru
83
– 42.0%
1931
– 22.5%
T35
Ssangyong
55
– 23.6%
810
+ 466%
T35
Infiniti
55
– 19.1%
488
+ 40.2%
#37
Aston Martin
50
– 19.4%
868
– 10.6%
#38
Perodua
29
– 6.5%
394
– 24.5%
#39
Maserati
22
– 4.3%
295
– 20.3%
#40
MG
21
+ 200%
689
+ 177%
#41
Proton
5
– 83.3%
207
– 51.3%
#42
Lotus
1
– 97.4%
123
– 61.4%
#43
Saab
1
– 95.8%
232
– 94.4%
—–
—–
—–
—–
—–
Volkswagen
Group
29,040
+ 8.2%
387,106
+ 7.9%
Ford
Motor Company
21,152
+ 16.9%
266,261
+ 6.0%
General Motors
19,042
+ 20.8%
229,023
– 0.7%
BMW-Mini
14,128
+ 2.3%
164,180
+ 5.9%
PSA
Peugeot
& Citroen
12,131
+ 10.2%
164,450
+ 6.2%
RNA
Renault, Nissan
& Infiniti 
11,120
– 0.5%
136,909
– 11.5%
Hyundai-Kia
10,757
+ 51.7%
131,473
+ 21.1%
Daimler AG
7224
+ 13.1%
91,696
+ 12.1%
Toyota UK
6789
+ 9.6%
88,428
+ 16.8%
Jaguar-Land Rover
4853
+ 18.8%
59,149
+ 23.6%
Fiat Group &
Chrysler-Jeep
3647
+ 3.8%
60,461
+ 10.0%
Honda
3381
– 12.5%
50,877
+ 5.3%
—–
—– —– —– —–
Total
149,191
+ 11.3%
1,921,052
+ 5.4%

Source: Automakers & SMMT

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