Ford (-2.9%) resists, place Kuga at #3 in market accelerating its fall (-20.6%) – Best Selling Cars Blog


The Ford Kuga is up to #3 overall in the UK in May.

Hit by the continued effect of supply chain issues, the UK new car market accelerates its fall in May to -20.6% year-on-year at 123,394 registrations. When removing pandemic-hit May 2020, this is the weakest May volume since 1992 and sales are down -32.3% on the 2019 pre-pandemic level. The year-to-date tally is now down -8.7% to 661,121 units, off -40.6% on the pre-pandemic five-year YTD average of 1,113,434 sales. Once again private sales fare better than the market at -10.3% to 66,237 units and 53.2% share vs. 47.1% a year ago as carmakers scramble to satisfy the more profitable demand of this channel. Fleet sales fall -29.9% to 55,649 and 44.7% vs. 50.7% in May 2021 while business sales are down -27.1% to 2,508 and 2% vs. 2.2%. Year-to-date, private sales (+11.4%) are actually up to 358,581 units and 54.2% share vs. 44.5% a year ago while fleets freefall -26% to 287,200 and 43.4% share vs. 53.7% over the same period in 2021. The UK market has indeed completely turned from a fleet-focused market to a private-focused one. Business sales are also up at 13.5% to a much more modest 15,340 units and 2.3% share vs. 1.9% in 2021.

In terms of fuel/transmission type, diesel continues to implode at -50.8% (!) to 7,614 and 6.1% share vs. 9.9% in May 2021, petrol is down -25.1% to 56,767 and 45.6% share vs. 48.4% a year ago, MHEV is off -23.2% to 22,665 and 18.2% share vs. 18.8% in May 2021, HEV is up 12% to 14,561 and 11.7% share vs. 8.3%, BEV is up 17.7% to 15,448 and 12.4% share vs. 8.4% and PHEV is down -25.5% to 7,339 and 5.9% share vs. 6.3%. Year-to-date, diesel dives -51.3% to 38,025 and 5.8% share vs. 10.8% over the same period in 2021, petrol is down -18.8% to 289,169 and 43.7% vs. 49.2%, MHEV is down -8.9% to 121,242 and 18.3% share vs. 18.4% last year, HEV soars 35.9% to 76,624 and 11.6% share vs. 7.8%, BEV surges 71.2% to 92,512 and 14% share vs. 7.5% a year ago and PHEV edges down -5.5% to 43,549 and 6.6% share vs. 6.4% in 2021.

Source: SMMT

Ford (-2.9%) resists very well this time to hold onto the #1 spot both for the month and year-to-date with 8.9% and 7.7% share respectively. Volkswagen (-36%) is in complete perdition but gains three places on April to #2 and now ranks #4 year-to-date (it was #1 over the Full Year 2021). Audi (-29.5%) is knocked down to #3 above BMW (-16.8%). Kia (+3.9%) is the only gainer in the Top 8 at #5, distancing Vauxhall (-17%) back up three spots to #6, Mercedes (-18.9%) and Toyota (-14.8%) all outpacing the market. Hyundai (+11.7%) signs the only double-digit gain in the Top 10. Further down, Bentley (+81.6%), Polestar (+79.1%), Dacia (+58.2%), Porsche (+57.9%), Cupra (+51.1%), DS (+41.5%), Abarth (+32.9%), MG (+28.1%) and Citroen (+13.6%) make themselves noticed with fantastic gains.

After months of volatility, the UK models ranking returns to a bit of normalcy this month, with the May Top 10 looking a lot closer than the YTD one. The Vauxhall Corsa (+20.8%) is back in the pole position it holds year-to-date with 3.5% of the market vs. 2.6% so far this year. The Ford Puma (+13.4%) also ranks like YTD at #2 while the Ford Kuga surges seven spots on last month to land at #3, its highest ranking since November 2019 (#2). The VW Golf (-37.3%) signs its first Top 10 finish of the year (it ranked #1 outright a year ago in May 2021) and breaks into the YTD Top 10 as a result at #9. The Mini (-0.9%) equals its YTD market share at 2% and is down two ranks on last month to #5. The Nissan Qashqai (+40%) continues to ride on its new generation but drops 5 spots on April to #6. The Kia Niro (#8) and Hyundai Tucson (#10) confirm they now truly belong to the UK Top 10, and rank respectively #6 and #8 year-to-date.

Previous month: UK April 2022: Nissan Qashqai signs 2nd ever win in market off -15.8%

One year ago: UK May 2021: Audi outsells Ford for the first time, VW Golf best-seller in market down -14.7% on two years ago

Full May 2022 Top 40 All-brands and Top 10 models below.

UK May 2022 – brands:

Pos Brand May-22 % /21 Apr 2022 % /21 Pos FY21
1 Ford   11,106 8.9% -2.9% 1 50,904 7.7% -15.8% 1 4
2 Volkswagen 10,502 8.4% -36.0% 5 44,234 6.7% -32.9% 4 1
3 Audi   9,057 7.3% -29.5% 2 46,116 7.0% -13.6% 3 2
4 BMW   8,646 7.0% -16.8% 4 44,050 6.7% -13.8% 5 3
5 Kia 8,530 6.9% 3.9% 3 48,237 7.3% 33.6% 2 8
6 Vauxhall   7,894 6.3% -17.0% 9 37,834 5.7% -12.7% 8 7
7 Mercedes   7,712 6.2% -18.9% 6 39,148 5.9% -21.5% 7 6
8 Toyota 7,170 5.8% -14.8% 8 41,085 6.2% 2.5% 6 5
9 Hyundai 6,955 5.6% 11.7% 7 33,212 5.0% 40.7% 9 9
10 Peugeot   5,056 4.1% -16.5% 11 26,580 4.0% -6.8% 10 11
11 Nissan   4,162 3.3% -10.3% 10 25,973 3.9% -15.6% 11 10
12 Skoda 3,758 3.0% -38.3% 14 18,138 2.7% -30.7% 15 12
13 Land Rover 3,635 2.9% -33.8% 12 18,759 2.8% -42.1% 13 13
14 Mini 3,365 2.7% -5.6% 13 18,461 2.8% 5.7% 14 15
15 MG 3,143 2.5% 28.1% 17 19,695 3.0% 83.0% 12 18
16 Volvo 2,738 2.2% -32.5% 15 16,903 2.6% -24.3% 16 14
17 Citroen 2,727 2.2% 13.6% 18 12,705 1.9% -6.9% 18 19
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Dacia 2,237 1.8% 58.2% 21 9,739 1.5% 67.2% 23 26
19 Seat 1,892 1.5% -60.6% 22 10,635 1.6% -47.9% 21 16
20 Honda 1,831 1.5% -31.2% 16 11,656 1.8% 23.8% 20 21
21 Renault 1,688 1.4% -28.0% 19 12,635 1.9% -1.1% 19 20
22 Fiat 1,456 1.2% -30.8% 23 9,282 1.4% 40.9% 24 24
23 Porsche 1,454 1.2% 57.9% 26 6,808 1.0% 34.4% 26 28
24 Suzuki 1,432 1.2% -46.2% 24 8,193 1.2% 3.9% 25 23
25 Mazda 1,235 1.0% -52.7% 20 10,203 1.5% 0.5% 22 22
26 Jaguar 1,102 0.9% -53.4% 25 5,532 0.8% -41.7% 27 25
27 Cupra 973 0.8% 51.1% 27 3,828 0.6% 82.6% 29 29
28 Lexus 631 0.5% -50.2% 28 4,286 0.6% -23.9% 28 27
29 Polestar 428 0.3% 79.1% 29 2,275 0.3% 53.8% 30 32
30 Abarth 311 0.3% 32.9% 33 719 0.1% -23.0% 34 34
31 DS 293 0.2% 41.5% 34 1,121 0.2% 67.6% 31 33
32 Jeep 239 0.2% -55.5% 30 1,012 0.2% -38.8% 32 31
33 Bentley 187 0.2% 81.6% 32 752 0.1% 42.7% 33 39
34 Smart 137 0.1% -7.4% 35 698 0.1% 2.3% 35 36
35 Alfa Romeo 129 0.1% -7.2% 36 625 0.1% 12.8% 37 37
36 SsangYong 97 0.1% -19.2% 31 665 0.1% 43.3% 36 38
37 Subaru 60 0.0% -62.0% 38 445 0.1% -25.3% 38 35
38 Maserati 59 0.0% 1.7% 39 315 0.0% 17.5% 39 40
39 Tesla (est) 50 0.0% -97.2% 37 15,702 2.4% 71.3% 17 17
40 Genesis 39 0.0% new 40 188 0.0% new 40 42
41 Alpine 17 0.0% -10.5% 41 118 0.0% 53.2% 41 41
 – Other British 153 0.1% -35.2%  – 970 0.1% -8.3%  –  –
 – Other Imports 108 0.1% -56.8%  – 685 0.1% -18.7%  –  –

UK May 2022 – models:

Pos Model May-22 % /21 Apr 2022 % /21 Pos FY21
1 Vauxhall Corsa 4,399 3.5% 20.8% 4 17,198 2.6% -14.1% 1 1
2 Ford Puma 3,580 2.9% 13.4% 2 15,426 2.3% 12.1% 2 8
3 Ford Kuga 3,379 2.7% n/a 10 11,568 1.7% 20.0% 7 n/a
4 VW Golf 2,623 2.1% -37.3% n/a 10,174 1.5% -32.1% 9 6
5 Mini 2,538 2.0% -0.9% 3 13,486 2.0% n/a 4 3
6 Nissan Qashqai 2,261 1.8% 40.0% 1 13,596 2.1% -5.9% 3 7
7 Kia Sportage 2,260 1.8% -23.5% 5 13,364 2.0% 0.0% 5 9
8 Kia Niro 2,258 1.8% n/a n/a 11,227 1.7% n/a 8 n/a
9 VW Polo 2,118 1.7% -39.8% 9 n/a n/a n/a n/a 5
10 Hyundai Tucson 2,094 1.7% n/a 7 12,214 1.8% n/a 6 n/a
n/a Vauxhall Mokka 1,287 1.0% n/a n/a 9,638 1.5% n/a 10 n/a

Source: SMMT



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