UK Cars Market in March 2016 hith a new record. The industry kept momentum despite the winning series in place has touched the 48 months out of last 49. Ford slow in March when Vauxhall recovered. Land Rover in 10th.
No way to stop the pace of the British new vehicles market! In March, the most relevant month of the year due to the change of yearly plate number, the market scored the highest ever sales record. The fuel to grow is still there after a series of 48 year on year winning months out of the last 49.
According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (S.M.M.T.) the Car Passenger’s sales in March hit the all time record with 518.707 units, up 5.3% from the same month last year.
First Quarter 2016 was the highest ever with 771.780 sales, up 5.1% from the previous record scored last year and now the year is projected above 2.8 million units.
Following two strong months, Ford was unable to keep the pace in March losing 4.9% with 60.349 registrations and 11.6% of market share. In the Q1 Ford sales had been 93.897 (-1.0%).
In second place Vauxhall (Opel in the tables below) recovered after a slow start of the year selling 51.902 cars (+6.6%) with first quarter at 75.033 (-0.2%).
Volkswagen was third with sales flat at 38.6944 and was followed by BMW with 32.470 registrations (+20.6%), Audi with 30.483 (+4.6%), Mercedes with 30.243 (+13.6%), Nissan with 28.489 (-8.2%), Toyota with 21.481 (+4.6%), Peugeot with 20.209 (-7.4%) and in 10th place, Land Rover with 18.234 (+17.6%).
At group-wise, Volkswagen ended the Q1 on top with 18.5% of market share followed by Ford at 12.2% and Nissan-Renault at 9.8%.
Ford Fiesta was as usual the best-selling model with 23.467 sales (-22.0%) followed by Vauxhall Corsa with 17.368 (-10.4%) and the Ford Focus with 14.002 sales (-9.3%).
Tables with sales figures
In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models