The latest UK sales numbers are in – and it’s great news for Jaguar Land Rover, okay for MINI, Bentley and Aston Martin, and continued gloom for MG and Lotus.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has released its June 2012 UK sales figures and it’s a case of up and down for the UK-headquartered manufacturers in a market that saw a 3.5% sales rise over 2011.
The luxury players have seen dips from last year, but all will tell you that whatever losses they’re suffering in Europe and the UK are more than being offset by growth in China and India. Aston Martin sold 60 (down from 80) in June with a year-t0 date of 482 (against 585) while Bentley (105 vs 113 in June) is up in 2012’s year-to-date figures (663 vs 587).
Jaguar Land Rover is up, up, up. The former has sold 7107 cars far in 2012 (against 6888 in the first six months of 2011) while Land Rover is booming thanks to the success of the Evoque and is pushing a remarkable 2.5% share of the UK market, having sold 26,075 cars so far this year (compared with 19,960 last year).
MINI is holding steady – new model variations add interest to a basically ageing platform model. June was an excellent month with 7105 cars sold (putting it into the top 10), with 24,620 cars sold up ’til June. Compare that with 24,614 last year and that’s as close as it gets to matching last year’s performance.
Tail end Charlie is Lotus, which amidst all of its management troubles and the negative press coverage that brings, managed to sell just three cars in June and 82 for the year (understandably down from 218). However, for MG, it’s business as usual with a mere 19 cars sold in June (down from 48) and 530 for the year (up from 127), thanks to the recent AVIS hire car deal. That performance is really put into perspective by the fact that Bentley has easily outsold the Longbridge-based UK offshoot of MG – it’s bitterly disappointing considering the appearance of the ‘facelifted’ Magnette and the rousing performances of Jason Plato in the British Touring Car Championship.