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March 7, 2016 by Felipe Munoz

February 2016: SUV boosts UK new car regs.

8New car registrations in the UK continued to grow in February at 83,400 units, up by 8%. Most of the increase was explained by the SUV boom as this kind of vehicles became the market’s leading segment with almost 27% market share. SUV registrations surged by 44% gaining more than 6 percentage points of share. All sizes recorded double-digit growth: small SUV registrations increased by 33%, compact SUV by 48%, and midsize and large SUV posted a 58% and 43% gain respectively.

For the first time the Kia Sportage made part of the UK top 10.

For the first time the Kia Sportage made part of the UK top 10.

Meanwhile compact and subcompact demand remained almost stalled posting increases of 4% and 2% respectively. Midsize and MPVs registrations fell by 9% and 18% respectively allowing the city-cars (+5%) to outsell them and become the fourth best-selling segment. Ford was the car maker to benefit the most from the rising demand. Its registrations grew by 17% while its main rivals – Vauxhall and Volkswagen – posted negative changes of 18% and 13% respectively. Ford recorded double-digit growth for its usual three top-sellers: Fiesta, Focus and Kuga. Vauxhall decrease followed double-digit falls posted by the Corsa (-15%), Astra (-32%) and Insignia (-57%). In the case of Volkswagen the strong growth registered by the Polo (+25%) and Passat (+23%) was not enough to offset the drops posted by the Golf (-19%) and the Tiguan (-26%).

BMW, Audi and Mercedes posted double-digit growth thanks to strong demand of 3-Series, 2-Series, A1, Q3, and A-Class and E-Class.

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