Car Makers Premier League – October 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 Octobers’ statistics (based on the SMMT figures for UK new car registrations in October 2010) turned out to be just as bad as most people in the trade were expecting, with the headline figure for the month being a 22.2% decrease to 131,495 units.

In October 2009 the market, buoyed by scrappage, recorded the year’s biggest increase of 31.6% to 168,942 units with over 20% of these registrations being down to the scheme.
Overall the top 9 positions outperformed the market this month but only the top 4 (BMW, VW and Mini) managed to improve on October 2009.

Top spot this month goes to BMW who knock Renault from there extended run in first position (slipping down to 5th). In fact it’s a herzlichen glückwunsch unt dreimal hoch! to German manufactures as they occupy all the top four positions (BMW, VW, MINI and Audi) and if Mercedes had tried just that little bit harder (slipping from 2nd to 8th) it would have been a top 5 clean sweep for Germany.

Other big movers this month were Honda (up from 16th to 12th) and SEAT who continue last month’s progress moving from 8th to 6th.

This month we welcome back Volvo into position 11 (3,202 units registered a drop of 30% on October 2009) and say goodbye (once again) to Land Rover whose 1,864 registered units weren’t enough to keep them in the top twenty car manufacturers.

All in all there is not an awful lot of good news around in the figures for October, but the SMMT are predicting the year as a whole to reach 2.026 million units, which will be 1.5% up on 2009.

POSManufacturerOct 2009Oct 2010Diff%
1(7)8,04110,0341,99325
2(11)11,77712,8141,0379
3(12)3,1203,183632
4(3)7,1786,616(562)(8)
5(1)8,4387,495(943)(11)
6(8)2,4092,083(326)(14)
7(6)6,9795,935(1,044)(15)
8(2)5,9854,967(1,018)(17)
9(4)19,36415,970(3,394)(18)
10(9)6,4544,965(1,489)(23)
11(-)4,5573,202(1,355)(30)
12(16)4,4903,146(1,344)(30)
13(14)23,45416,344(7,110)(30)
14(5)9,0786,295(2,783)(31)
15(13)4,1222,833(1,289)(31)
16(19)3,3982,303(1,095)(32)
17(20)8,1365,284(2,852)(35)
18(17)6,5703,548(3,022)(46)
19(16)5,6332,755(2,878)(51)
20(18)7,1793,057(4,122)(57)

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