Car Makers Premier League – July 2010

It’s time once more for the Car Makers Premier League where each and every month we examine the top 20 manufacturers by number of units registered and see just how they look when compared with the previous month. At the end of the year who will be crowned champion? Who will drop out of the top 20 as the year unfolds and which high achievers will be promoted?

Carrying on with the season and July’s statistics (based on the SMMT figures for UK new car registrations in July 2010) show the first decline in registrations for 12 months with the headline figure for the month being a 13.2% decrease to 136,446 units. In July 2009 the market had showed its first increase for 15 months with a 2.4% rise to 157,149 units. Overall the top 15 positions all outperformed the market this month.

March was the last full month for scrappage but registrations carried forward are still trickling into the figures but only 118 of July’s registrations were down to the scheme. The post-scrappage marketplace is still hurting some brands with Hyundai rooted to the bottom after so many months at the top. Good news for the Korean car manufacturing group though with Kia climbing to 11th from 18th last month.

Last month’s leader Renault swap places at the top with the June’s number 2 Land Rover with a creditable 55% increase on June last year.

This month we lost Mini from the top 20 as the 2,234 units they registered in July sees them slip from the premiership.

Good news this month for German manufacturers Mercedes-Benz (up from 16th to 4th) and BMW (up from 13th to 3rd). Mercedes improved by 9% on last year and BMW by 13%. It’s been a good month all round for BMW as they showed a 18.3% overall increase in global sales in the second quarter (Strong profits for BMW driven by improved trading conditions and demand from Asia).

All in all not a good month with many manufacturers coming back to earth with a bump. The SMMT blame the fragile economy and “subdued consumer confidence” for the poor results but are still expecting an overall increase in registration in 2010 thanks to the strong performance in the first 6 months of the year. As they say “the cream always rises to the top” and it looks like BMW are the ones to watch in the coming months.

POSManufacturerJuly 2009July 2010Diff%
1(2) 1582245387155
2(1) 5150588173114
3(13) 7294824695213
4(16) 487052894199
5(-) 238725631767
6(7) 236225201587
7(9) 294330591164
8(5) 28292814(15)(1)
9(3) 73657221(144)(2)
10(8) 56645402(262)(5)
11(18) 37193538(181)(5)
12(6) 1328212558(724)(5)
13(15) 81737709(464)(6)
14(4) 1860416680(1924)(10)
15(11) 70426187(855)(12)
16(10) 75475762(1785)(24)
17(19) 2467918442(6237)(25)
18(14) 52163576(1640)(31)
19(17) 55833745(1838)(33)
20(20) 60113134(2877)(48)

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