Purpose

I will try my best to provide detailed info on various cars and what is like to live with them, I have already produced a few for Jaguar-car-forums, I will do my best to be unbiased, but it will be hard for some cars. I will re-produce press releases and copy from other motoring news.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TMW - Its that time of the month with UK sales figures showing a futher 8.5% drop in sales.

JAGUAR
MAY 2017 2564 Sales - 
MAY 2016 2590 Sales - -1.00%
YTD 2017 17430 Sales - YTD 
2016 13675 Sales - +27.46%

LAND ROVER
 
MAY 2017 5619 Sales - MAY 2016 6290 Sales - -10.67%
YTD 2017 39474 Sales - YTD 2016 36890 Sales - +7.00%

JAGUAR LAND ROVER (COMBINED)

MAY 2017 8183 Sales - MAY 2016 8880 Sales - -8.51%
YTD 2017 56904 Sales - YTD 2016 50565 Sales - +12.54%

AUDI
 
MAY 2017 13764 Sales - MAY 2016 13970 Sales - -1.47%
YTD 2017 74638 Sales - YTD 
2016 75018 Sales - -0.51%

BMW
 
MAY 2017 12731 Sales - MAY 2016 15243 Sales - -17.45%
YTD 2017 73489 Sales - YTD 
2016 72898 Sales - +0.81%

INFINITI
 
MAY 2017 346 Sales - MAY 2016 137 Sales - +152.55%
YTD 2017 1749 Sales - YTD 
2016 996 Sales - +75.60%

LEXUS

MAY 2017 715 Sales - MAY 2016 874 Sales - -18.19%
YTD 2017 5281 Sales - YTD 2016 6046 Sales - -12.65%

MERCEDES-BENZ
 
MAY 2017 14660 Sales - MAY 2016 13721 Sales - +6.84%
YTD 2017 82842 Sales - YTD 
2016 73037 Sales - +13.42%

INCREASES BY BRAND BY MONTH-YTD

ABARTH +16.23%

ASTON MARTIN +127.75%
BENTLEY +3.49%

DACIA +0.47%
FORD +0.19%
HYUNDAI +5.91%
KIA +12.49%

MASERATI +55.64%
MCLAREN +0.00%
MG +7.63%
MINI +2.88%
NISSAN +11.14%
PORSCHE +9.54%
SEAT +20.60%
SKODA +5.57%
SMART +7.77%

SUZUKI +10.52%

TOYOTA +5.15%

VOLVO +9.53%

DECREASES BY BRAND BY MONTH

ALFA ROMEO -1.62%
CITROEN -20.81%
DS AUTOMOBILES -44.23%
FIAT -12.09%
HONDA -11.43%
JEEP -44.03%

LOTUS -9.16%MAZDA -13.69%
MITSUBISHI -18.65%
PEUGEOT -13.36%

RENAULT -5.38%
SSANGYONG -1.85%SUBARU -19.49%
VAUXHALL -14.77%

VOLKSWAGEN -5.51%


Another month has passed and yet again another drop in sales, not as high as last month, but a rather significant 8.51% down, even the year to date has now dipped only by half of one percent but again significant, will May carry on this decline, or will it revert back to growth, we have not long to wait until we find that out.
The brands that have bucked the trend and increased in sales are few and far between MG has a third more sales in April than a year ago and Infiniti running at 150%, but then both these brands are numbering in the hundreds, but MG is growing, with another new car due by the year end, and another four cars due over the coming few years, sales will come, and expansion will continue.
Jaguar Land Rover remains ahead year to date, but April was down, along with other high volume brands, Vauxhall continues to drop of sales like nobodies business, yet they continue to launch new car after new car, we have had of late the new Mokka X, New Insignia Grand Sport and Estate, the Crossland X, we have the Viva Rocks, Insignia Country Tourer and Grandland X all coming soon, as well as the new Corsa, so has the purchase of Vauxhall and Opel hurt the brands, possibly, especially when you see that the three French brands Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles ALL dropping sales, some really huge declines.
Volkswagen in the UK has yet to turn that corner and grow again, thankfully for the group, Bentley, SEAT, Skoda and Porsche have all grown, Audi is only down by an insignificant figure, but VW is down by over 5.5%, Lotus dropped the ball in the month with sales down 90%, yes NINETY, even Chevrolet, the brand thats no longer for sale here managed to register 35 cars, how many more have they left.
It is great to see Aston Martin growing, the announced it's first set of profits recently, the new facility in Wales is about ready to go with the new DBX, It is also great to see Volvo growing, not just in the UK, but worldwide, now that the Geely, that owns Volvo, now owns 49.9% of Proton, and all of Lotus as well as London Taxi Company, we may get Proton back in the UK, and Lotus could have a significant influx of cash to help replace its now aging range of cars, the Elise, Evora and Exige.
Subaru is down, WHY, they have some amazing cars, i currently have a BRZ on loan readay for a road test report in the next few days, and lastly for today, Suzuki, the unmatched leader in small cars, have the Ignis, recently tested here, and the all new Swift, again, a car thats coming for another road test report, the Ignis is a brilliant car, loads of room inside, and with some exterior design touches that move it away from other cars in that class, it has style and panache, and if you are after a small car, the Ignis, baleno, Celerio or New Swift really are cars that must be checked out first.

See you all next month.