Car Makers Premier League – June 2009

June’s Car Makers Premier League (based on the SMMT figures for UK new car registrations in June 2009) reveals a widening gap between the winners and losers. As new car sales on the scrappage scheme filter through to registrations we can see the dividing line begin to emerge between the “haves” and the “have nots”. Top end car makers, pretty much untouched by scrappage, have remained steady but Hyundai and Kia are streets ahead of the competition, with Hyundai showing a particularly stunning performance with a 91% increase on June last year.

With the headline figure being a shade under 16% this month the top ten have all outperformed the market. Seat have dropped out all together this month (after springing back to number 3 in May) because their June registrations of 2,644 have taken them out of the top 20. Taking their place is Suzuki who rocket to number 3 from nowhere with 4,086 units registered and a 29% increase on June 2008. Fiat have also done well this month, moving up from 18th position in May and a 2% increase on June 2008

Languishing at the wrong end of the table is Renault with a 72% drop in registrations even worse than last month’s pretty dismal 64%. Renault’s market share has almost halved since 2004 and we would love to hear some opinions on why that is. It’s all gone downhill since papa and Nicole were given the boot and the” va va voom” is disappearing up its own tail pipe! It looks like Vauxhall are definitely suffering from the uncertainty surrounding GM Europe as they improve slightly on last month but are down nearly 35% on last year. Surprisingly Toyota has performed badly this month dropping to 16th from 6th with a pretty poor 29% reverse.

July will be very interesting as more scrappage orders are converted into registrations which probably means more good news for the boys at the top!

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3 Responses to Car Makers Premier League – June 2009

  1. steve walsh July 6, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    It just shows you that people will always look for value and affordability during a recession,i wonder if these brands will keep hold of their customers when the good times start rolling again

  2. Mad Max July 29, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Of course they will. The time is right for major brands to realise that their pricing strategy is historically based due to their market share, but as brands like Kia and Hyundai grow, the public will get to know that they can have the same quality, reliability, better warranties and service for a sensible cost and not be part of the rip off car manufacturing culture in the UK.

  3. William Davis July 30, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    I bought my wife a new Kia and I have to say compared to my 6 year old 80k mile Golf its absolute garbage.

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