The first quarter of 2018 has been a difficult time for the UK motor industry. According to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the market is 15.7% down on the same period last year, thanks to a dramatic but not unexpected decline in the popularity of cars with diesel engines.
Despite a decline of its own, Ford is still the leading manufacturer in this country, having recorded 81,957 registrations from January 1 to March 31.
Volkswagen has extended its advantage over Vauxhall for second place, while premium German brands Mercedes, Audi and BMW complete the top six.
But what’s happening at the other end of the scale? The SMMT groups several brands into categories called Other British and Other Imports. Apart from those, it gives registration figures for a remaining 44.
Here we’ll take a look at the bottom 20. They are not necessarily doing badly. In fact, some of them are performing far better than the market as a whole, but others definitely seem to be struggling.