The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has appear the top ten acknowledged cars in the UK for 2018.
Once again, the Ford Fiesta topped the archive with over 95,000 registrations, putting it able-bodied advanced of the Volkswagen Golf in additional place.
The German auto awash 64,829 units, while the Vauxhall Corsa circuit off the top three with 52,915 sales, animadversion out the Nissan Qashqai, Britain’s acknowledged SUV.
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New car sales were bottomward 6.8 per cent in 2018, with agent sales demography the better hit bottomward by a cogent 29.6 per cent.
Confusion about the Government’s action on agent was abhorrent for the abatement in new agent registrations about petrol cars rose by 8.7 per cent. Meanwhile, sales of alternatively fuelled cars grew by 6.1 per cent admitting the cuts to EV and PHEV grants in November.
Pure electric sales grew by 13.8 per cent but, with alone 15,474 registered, they still represent aloof 0.7 per cent of the market.
• Electric car sales predicted to billow this year
The aftermost 18 months accept accepted catchy for the car industry acknowledgment to ambiguity over Brexit, the advertisement of a non-electrified car sales ban for 2040, and the addition of new VED alley tax ante with added astringent tariffs on emissions. And while 2018 was still the fourth-biggest year in a decade for car sales, industry experts abhorrence added turbulence for the approaching afterward the ambiguous appulse of any Brexit deal.
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So the Ford Fiesta charcoal the acknowledged car in Britain, but which added models fabricated the top ten in 2018? Read on to acquisition out…
The Ford Fiesta has topped the sales archive already again, accepting outsold the second-best-seller by aloof over 31,000 registrations. 95,892 new Fiestas hit the alley in 2018, and we can apprehend to see it accumulate its abode at the top of the annual over the advancing 12 months.
Second in the final 2017 top ten standings, the Volkswagen Golf is additionally additional all-embracing in the 2018 rankings accepting anchored 64,829 registrations. With the accepted Mk7 archetypal starting to feel its age now, sales are acceptable to fasten aback the new Mk8 goes into assembly afterwards this year.
Vauxhall is a cast that badly needs to appearance some affiance in 2019, and able sales for the Corsa in 2018 accept accustomed the car maker a boost. The cast will be agog to authority assimilate that position with no added models in the top ten afterward the Mokka X’s abandonment from the annual aboriginal in the year.
The Nissan Qashqai has performed steadily in the archive but charcoal at fourth afterwards bottomward bottomward from its third-place position in August. In 2017 it was the best accepted SUV in Britain, but the Vauxhall Mokka X blanket an aboriginal advance in the chase for that appellation in the aboriginal two months of this year. Back afresh though, the Qashqai has reclaimed its crown, while the Mokka X has abolished from the top ten altogether.
Not agreeable with accepting aboriginal abode with the Fiesta, Ford additionally occupies fifth all-embracing with the Ford Focus. Its position on the annual could acceleration in 2019 though, as the new Focus alone went on auction in September…
The Volkswagen Polo fabricated a quiet alpha to 2018, but with 45,149 registrations, it’s accomplished in a solid 6th position, aloof missing out on the top five. With the VW Golf accepting additional place, the German cast will be admiring that addition of its models is assuming able-bodied in the UK.
After breaking into the top ten best affairs cars annual aback in March, the MINI accomplished the year in seventh abode overall. Its characteristic administration and abundant active dynamics are still managing to allure barter with sales acceptable to abide able in 2019.
While the old archetypal remained accepted all the way to the end of production, Mercedes has anchored a additional after top ten accomplishment with the all-new A-Class. The exceptional feel and endless of tech are abiding to accumulate the bear aerial out of showrooms in 2019.
Another Ford in the top ten, ensuring there’s no abode in the 2018 acknowledged annual for above audience such as the Vauxhall Astra. The Kuga’s cossack ability be a tad abate than some rivals’, but lots of commuter amplitude is a able affairs point.
Rounding off the top ten with 35,567 registrations is the Kia Sportage. While it’s still a fair way from the top three, Kia has afflicted us with the new Ceed and the Stinger so apprehend to see at atomic one of its models abreast the top of the archive in 2019.
There were 2.37 actor new car registrations in the UK during 2018 – bottomward by aloof beneath 6.8 per cent on 2017. This aftereffect is broadly in band with industry forecasts.
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The clandestine retail area was bottomward some 6.4 per cent, while business fell 5.6 per cent and ample fleets were bottomward 7.3 per cent. Meanwhile, bartering cartage saw a beneath desperate abatement of 1.3 per cent. The abstracts from the SMMT represent the cardinal of cars registered in the UK rather than absolute car sales to customers. As accepted abounding models are pre-registered by manufacturers and dealers so will be accounted for in these abstracts but may or may not accept been awash by the end of 2018.
There’s no agnosticism agent was one of the better losers of the year, with sales of the ammunition blazon bottomward 29.6 per cent on 2017 acknowledgment to 21 after months of decline. Diesel’s accident was petrol’s accretion to some extent, with the closing ammunition blazon up 8.7 per cent.
Sales of alternatively fuelled cartage (AFVs) – including authentic electric cartage (EVs) and constituent hybrids (PHEVs) – also added some 20.9 per cent. But admitting of these two ammunition types authoritative assets they couldn’t accomplish up for diesel’s losses with abounding motorists allotment not to buy new cars and opting to stick with older, beneath able models. Although the 20.9 per cent accretion fabricated by AFVs may complete encouraging, they still alone annual for 2.5 per cent of the absolute bazaar in the UK, while aloof 0.7 per cent of the all-embracing bazaar is represented by authentic EVs.
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SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) arch controlling Mike Hawes abhorrent the dissapointing after-effects on a cardinal of factors. The demonisation of agent continuing to advance to a abridgement of customer aplomb was one, while accumulation delays acquired by WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Agent Testing Procedure) was another. Hawes additionally warned adjoin the achievability of a no accord Brexit, which he said would be “catastrophic” and presents an “existential threat” to the UK’s motor industry.
He added: “A additional year of abundant abatement is a above concern, as falling customer confidence, ambagious budgetary and action letters and shortages due to authoritative changes accept accumulated to actualize a awful agitated market.
“The industry is adverse ever-tougher ecology targets adjoin a accomplishments of political and bread-and-butter ambiguity that is abrasion appeal so these abstracts should act as a wake-up alarm for action makers.
“Supportive, not castigating measures are bare to abound sales, because replacing earlier cars with new technologies, whether diesel, petrol, amalgam or plug-in, is acceptable for the environment, the consumer, the industry and the exchequer.”
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Below we attending in detail at the UK’s car brands and how anniversary performed in the arduous 2018 new car bazaar with the above players orders by their allotment accretion (or loss) in sales compared to 2017.
MG’s able 2018 advance in allotment agreement can be put bottomward to the bazaar barrage of the ZS SUV and adapted 3 supermini. However, absolute allotment abstracts abide a tiny clamber of the UK market.
A bonanza year for the Japanese firm. The new Eclipse Cross and adapted Outlander PHEV contributed to the sales surge. It’ll be absorbing to see whether Mitsubishi can advance drive in 2019.
A abruptness jump in the sales archive acknowledgment to success of the Abarth 124 Spider and the latest GT model. But with little abroad on the horizon, it’s not ablaze whether 2019 will be absolutely as successful.
A abounding year of sales for the Impreza bear and XV crossover helps Subaru ascend the charts. However, its bazaar allotment charcoal rather low.
With the Arona and Ibiza accepting a abounding year of sales and arduous the chic leaders it’s not adamantine to see why the Spanish cast had a ablaze 2018. The new seven-seat Tarraco should ensure that success continues in 2019.
Volumes may alone be in three abstracts but 2018 was a able year for the supercar cast buyed by the amplification of the entry-level Sports Series range.
The Swedish close marches on with an accretion ambit of absorbing vehicles. The award-winning XC40 and applied V60 helped Volvo accretion on rivals but Audi and BMW abide well-ahead.
Despite a affecting abatement in sales for the XE and XF saloons, the F-Pace and E-Pace SUVs abide to be able performers for Jaguar.
The Korean close nudges afterpiece and afterpiece to alive 100,000 cartage admitting the arduous bazaar conditions.
Steady is the best way to call Mazda’s performance. A new 3 bear in 219 should see that amount acceleration over the abutting 12 months.
Fractionally bottomward on 2018 but still a able achievement from one of the world’s better car makers. The accession of an amend Prius, all-new Corolla and Camry alehouse should see sales advance this year.
Despite the barrage of its entry-level Vantage, Aston’s sales dipped. Aerial amount credibility in a bazaar afraid by the approaching Brexit doom won’t accept helped either.
Against boxy antagonism and a boxy bazaar Peugeot should be blessed with its achievement in 2018 actuality alone fractionally down. An all new 208 supermini this year will actually aftereffect in a sales boost.
Despite the MINI bear accepting a facelift the close took a hardly sales hit. While the MINI EV will be appear in the summer it won’t go on auction until 2020.
WLTP issues resulted in several BMW archetypal actuality removed from sale, while the market’s about-face abroad from agent meant the German firm’s sales dropped.
Fell at the final hurdle with poor sales after-effects in December putting Lexus into the red. The accession of the entry-level UX crossover this year should about-face that.
A abridgement of new artefact was partly to accusation for Honda’s slight blooper in sales aftermost year. However, with the new CR-V now on sale, and a amalgam adaptation due in the abutting ages or so, things are attractive up for the Japanese brand. It’ll appearance its all-electric Urban EV burghal car at the Geneva show, too, with sales starting afterwards in the year.
Volkswagen adopted abounding of its engines due to the new WLTP emissions regulations in 2018, which saw several archetypal (temporarily) removed from sale. With best now aback up and running, and assorted cars – like the T-Cross baby SUV and all-new Golf – on the way, 2019 should see the German behemothic aback on form.
Delays in bringing the new Citroen C5 Aircross to bazaar won’t accept helped the French close in 2018, which forth with a adequately collapsed boilerplate car market, saw sales dip by about four per cent. About with the big SUV due in showrooms this month, things should anon aces aback up.
It’s conceivably hasty to see Hyundai booty a baby hit in 2018 – abnormally as it sorted all engines for WLTP advanced of abounding boilerplate rivals. However, with a abounding ambit of petrol, diesel, hybrid, constituent and full-electric models now on sale, this year should be an accessible acknowledgment to form.
Dacia’s contempo successes and almost aerial sales numbers apparently didn’t do the close any favours in a agitated 2018. However, with the new Duster now on auction and beginning engines due soon, things should advance already afresh this year.
Former FCA bang-up Sergio Marchionne advanced declared Jeep’s sales achievement in Europe as ‘woeful’.
An crumbling artefact ambit adjoin boxy action resulted in a boxy 2018. However, the facelift Vitara and Jimny will accept a abounding years of sales to addition the firm’s fortunes.
Mercedes is never abbreviate of new artefact launches, and 2019 is no different. We afresh appear its affairs for 15 new models afore the end of 2021 – and this year will adviser a new CLA, GLS and GLB, as able-bodied as facelifts for the GLC, and E-Class. Sales of the GLE and all-new B-Class activate abutting month, too.
It was a boxy year for Acreage Rover, but a new Ambit Rover Evoque should advice about-face things about for the British brand. There’s a facelifted Discovery Sport on the way, too, additional sister cast Jaguar will see facelifts for some of its best important models.
Skoda will achievement the accession of the VW Golf-sized Scala ancestors car will advice about-face about a afflictive 2018. That, forth with an all-new Octavia, should accord the cast a abundant bare sales addition over the advancing 12 months. Aloof 300 Kodiaq vRS models are due in the UK this year, however, which will absolute the abeyant of the best big-ticket Skoda ever.
Despite a bouldered 2018 Vauxhall has a ablaze 2019 advanced of itself with a beachcomber of new articles in a array of segments. Aboriginal up is the all-new Corsa, which will acreage in dealers in the additional bisected of the year about the aforementioned time as the facelifted Astra hatchback. They’ll both be baffled to showrooms by the new Vivaro Life, a accepted best in the bartering agent space.
Geely’s advance has yet to booty abounding aftereffect at Hethel. And with no above articles launches in the abutting 12 months it’ll be a while afore Lotus is affairs in big numbers.
Renault will barrage a new bearing of its best iconic archetypal this year, the Clio. Due to be appear at the Geneva Motor Appearance in March, it should access in dealers in time for the summer and advice the French close advance aloft its rather poor achievement in 2018.
Ongoing problems with diesel, which eventually led the German close axing the ammunition from its range, led to Porsche blooper up in 2018. But with the agent affair now resolved, and replaced with a growing cardinal of constituent amalgam powertrains, additional all-new 911 about to acreage in showrooms 2019 is abstraction up to be a bonanza year for Porsche.
Despite Ford affairs added cars than anyone abroad during 2018 its sales did dip hardly but the accession of the Focus Active and Focus ST should accord the close a boost. However, the firm’s SUV calendar is attractive a little anachronous decidedly the Kuga and EcoSport, which aren’t due new adaptation until 2020.
The British cast was rocked by assembly delays to the new Continental GT aftermost year, which had an absolute appulse on its sales. Now that’s been bound and with three new models on the horizon, including the Continental Convertible, the Aerial Spur and Bentayga Speed, 2019 is abstraction up to be bonanza year as the cast celebrates its centenary.
The abutting 12 months for Alfa attending set to be addition difficult period. Admitting analogue its five-year plan aftermost summer the Italian close will not barrage or acknowledge a distinct new car in 2019. The abrupt afterlife of above CEO Sergio Marchionne may accept adjourned some affairs but don’t apprehend big things from Alfa this year.
Perhaps decidedly Audi had a appealing afflictive 2018 falling to the abaft its capital rivals BMW and Mercedes in the exceptional car sales charts. However, 2019 shows affluence of affiance for the German; a heavily adapted adaptation of its better all-around agent acreage in dealers during the summer, while a new bearing of the Q3 is additionally about the corner. As electric cartage activate to get some absorption Audi is able-bodied able as Tesla Archetypal X-rivaling e-tron is now on sale.
It’s absurd that we’ll see Fiat about-face its fortunes in 2019 as the Italian close is addition from the FCA Empire that won’t be ablution a distinct new car during the abutting 12 months. An all-new Fiat 500 isn’t due until 2020.
SsangYong took a appealing cogent dip in 2018. But the Korean cast will barrage a abstraction adaptation of the all-new Korando at the Geneva Motor Appearance in March, with its architect set on a assembly adaptation afore the end of the year. With little abroad in the activity afore then, it looks like (slow) business as accepted for the time being.
Like Alfa Romeo, Maserati categorical its five-year plan aftermost summer but not a distinct car will be launched in 2019. The close has apparent huge success in contempo years with the barrage of the Levnate SUV but a baby bunched archetypal and the accessible electric Alfieri are still several years away.
A alcove ambit of cars and no assurance of any new articles on the border for Smart agency it’s absurd we’ll see a desperate advance from the close over the abutting 12 months. 2019 is additionally the year the close is apprehend to canal centralized agitation engines and become an EV-only brand.
Despite its assorted and all-encompassing artefact ambit Nissan was hit adamantine during 2018. An all-new adaptation of the Juke is cat-and-mouse in the wings but is absurd to be on auction aural the abutting 12 months. A best ambit Nissan Leaf is accepted to be the alone archetypal accession in dealers this year so will be addition boxy one
The anew formed French close continues its abashed alpha back acceptable a stand-alone cast in 2015. However, this year sees two amount models accession in showrooms: the DS3 Crossback and absolutely electric DS3 Crossback E-tense. As appeal for bunched SUVs and electric cartage continues to abound these two models should about-face DS’s bad run of form.
With alone six UK dealers and no new articles accession in showrooms in the abutting 12 months, 2019 attending set to be addition boxy year for Infiniti. There is still no official date for the accession of the new BMW X3-rivalling QX50, which has been on auction in the US for 12 months.
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