Car Makers Champions League 2012

cmclDecembers’ new car registration figures are in so who won the league? Who made it into Europe? Who got relegated?

We can now take a look at the final table for 2012 and check the standings of the various top 20 manufacturers we have followed throughout the year in the Car Makers Premier League. The SMMT welcomes a better than expected year (that’s putting it mildly!) with volumes up 5.3% for the year.

“More than two million new cars were registered in the UK during 2012, up 5.3% on the previous 12 months and the best result since recession struck in 2008,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Boosted by strong consumer demand, the market grew at its fastest rate for 11 years with innovative, fuel-efficient cars keeping buyers in showrooms. Looking ahead to 2013, we anticipate the market will hold firm, with manufacturers and dealers working hard to deliver quality and value to motorists.”

Champions – Land Rover
Land Rover
A great year for Land Rover, last year they finished 10th, this year top with a massive 29.2% increase on 2011.

Champions League – Kia, Fiat

Kia Fiat

A fantastic year for Kia leaping up from 11th last year to the runners-up position this, increasing registrations by 24.27% and a superb performance by Fiat (bottom 2 in the 2011 Car Makers Champions League), 3rd with a shade under 20% increase on last year.

Champions League Playoff – Skoda
A good, solid performance for Arsenal-like Skoda with a just under 19% increase on 2011 and finishing in 4th for the second year running.

Europa league Playoff Round – Hyundai, Toyota

Hyundai Toyota

A creditable finish for Hyundai with an 18.1% increase on last year and a jump of 4 places on 2011 and a great one from Toyota moving up from 17th to 6th place last year.

Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round – Mercedes
A fall of 2 places for Mercedes and but with a still impressive 12.19% increase on 2011

Relegated to the Championship – Vauxhall, Volvo, Renault

Vauxhall Volvo RENAULT

Vauxhall have had a poor year, one of only 3 manufacturers (the relegation zone of course) to record a negative result compared to 2011 with a shade over 1% drop and a fall of 6 places to 18th. An equally poor year for Volvo with a fall of 4 places to 19th and a 2.65% reverse on last year. Last of course are Renault who are still consolidating their UK business and judging by their 40.45% decline on 2011 (they registered 27,689 fewer cars in 2012) it can’t come soon enough.

Overall the top 14 positions all outperformed the market. Biggest riser was the aforementioned Fiat jumping 16 places and the biggest faller was MINI dropping 15 places. Biggest unit shifters were the usual suspects of Ford, Vauxhall and VW registering 697,270 units between them which is 36.48% of the top 20 and just over 34% of the overall total of 2,044,609 units registered for the year.

Car Makers Champions League 2012


Here’s to 2013 and let’s hope it’s a bit better than many are predicting!

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