28 February 2011

Tata Invests In Jaguar Land Rover


Research & Development (R & D) is an expensive part of car making today. Technologies are moving at a pace, safety now needs to be nanny like, emissions and fuel efficiencies are paramount, not to mention new market segments that you need to be in or miss out on growth.

When Ford sold Jaguar/Land Rover, R & D was about £400 million, this year (2011) under Tata it will be c. £1 billion. That is something like 10% of turnover for the marques. Jaguar has up to five projects on the go, while LR has to spend on upgrading its line up. Both also need to get alternative fuel vehicles on the road. The good news for Tata is that JLR is generating enough profit to pay for it all.

To cope with this expansion, JLR will hire over 2,000 people within next two years, an increase of over 11% globally. They currently employ 18,000 people worldwide and this will increase to more than 20,000 by 2012. JLR are on a roll.

26 February 2011

Renault Worldwide Car Sales By Model: 2010

I'm not a follower of Renault in particular, but I am impressed by the openness of the company. The figures below are from Renault itself, which I find refreshing. Many car companies guard their sales achievements jealously, as if the opposition will find something out to their harm. Of course they know that if the competition is doing its job, it knows all this already. So why be so secretive? All so 20th century to me.
The Renault Group has three brands, Renault, Dacia and Samsung. So let us look at each brand at a time:

Renault: A French brand that basically relies on two models for the bulk of its sales, 56% to be precise. Nearly 20% of all Renault brand sales are in fact rebadged Dacias, and that will grow somewhat in 2011. Worldwide sales by model as follows:

1 Clio 506,812 28.1%
2 Megane 501,418 27.8%
3 Logan 189,987 10.5%
4 Twingo 158,091 8.7%
5 Sandero 145,076 8.0%
6 Kangoo 63,249 3.5%
7 Fluence 59,839 3.3%
8 Laguna 52,432 2.9%
9 Modus 50,477 2.8%
10 Koleos 36,054 2.0%
Others 43,499 2.4% share
Total 1,806,815

Dacia: The Dacia brand is a no frills, value brand which sells well in Europe and Latin America. 51% of all Dacia models sold are under the Renault brand and are included in the Renault figures. Of the other 49%:

Sandero 154,306 47.5%
Logan 103,930 32.0%
Duster 66,671 20.5%
Total 324,907

Samsung: This Korean based brand sells mainly in Korea only. The QM5 model is sold as a Renault Koleos in many markets. The new SM3 is basically the same as the Renault Fluence. However, it seems to be a brand that Renault could do more with. Sales for 2010:


Sm5 78,107 48.2%
Sm3 64,779 40.0%
Sm7 13,550 8.4%
Qm5 5,481 3.4%
Total 161,917



Summary: Renault Group is going quite well, but there is much more potential.

Renault Worldwide Car/LCV Registrations: 2010


The Renault Group of Renault, Dacia and Samsung has an unusual mix of registrations around the world. It relies heavily on France and Europe, is strong in North Africa and Iran, as well as Latin America. On the other hand, it is all but non-existent in the increasingly important Asia/Pacific region and does not contest the North American market at all. The Samsung brand sells well in Korea, but that is the exception. So Renault has done well in many places, but failed in others.
As to the future, Renault says it wishes increase profit margins by pushing sales in Brazil, Russia and India. It is also well advanced with electric car technology.

For sales by country:

Country-Registrations-% of total
France 743,486 28.3
Germany 171,411 6.5
Brazil 160,297 6.1
Sth Korea 155,697 5.9
Italy 140,678 5.4
Spain 124,813 4.8
United Kingdom 113,393 4.3
Russia 96,466 3.7
Belgium/Lux 84,786 3.2
Argentina 82,385 3.1
Algeria 63,369 2.4
Iran 46,587 1.8
Romania 45,820 1.7
Netherlands 45,759 1.7
Colombia 38,009 1.4
Portugal 34,962 1.3
Morocco 34,944 1.3
Poland 29,752 1.1
Switzerland 25,332 1.0
Austria 24,483 0.9
Sweden 20,399 0.8
Mexico 18,046 0.7
Czech Rep 16,321 0.6
China 14,705 0.6
Slovenia 12,407 0.5
Ireland 10,365 0.4
Tunisia 10,299 0.4
South Af/Nam 10,000 0.4
Egypt 9,153 0.3
Ukraine 9,092 0.3
Other 231,241 8.8
Total 2,624,457

My take on it: A good seller in many places but Asia seems an opportunity not taken.

25 February 2011

Jaguar XF/XK Sales By Country: 2009


The Jaguar XF has been a success story for the marque since it replaced the lovely but aging S-Type at the end of 2007. 2009 was a tough year but the XF did very well considering the downturn. Below is a sampling of sales by country from around the world.

1 UK 10,108
2 USA 8,487
3 China 1484
4 Germany 1,398
5 Italy 1,213
6 Spain 761
7 France 709
8 Belgium 604
8 Canada 604
10 Russia 578
11 Australia 496
12 South Africa 485
13 Switzerland 445
14 Austria 205
15 Netherlands 202
16 Portugal 145
17 Mexico 131
18 Poland 90
19 Finland 87
20 Brazil 66
21 Ireland 55
22 New Zealand 53
23 Greece 48
24 Romania 41
25 Denmark 33
26 Norway 32
27 Estonia 21
28 Slovakia 20
29 Slovenia 18
30 Czech Rep 11
31 Colombia 6
32 Latvia 4

China sales could be slightly different.

Summary: The XF has done very well in a very competitive segment.

For other years of XF sales, simply click on the year: 2013,  20122011, and 2010,

Now some countries for the XK in '09:

1 USA 2,274
2 UK 1,427
3 Germany 607
4 Italy 200
5 France 189
6 Belgium 183
7 Canada 123
8 Switzerland 114
9 South Africa 104
10 Australia 66
11 Russia 63
11 Spain 63
13 Austria 27
14 Netherlands 24
15 Portugal 17
16 Mexico 16
16 China 16
18 Poland 10
19 Greece 9
20 Czech Rep 8
21 NZ 7
22 Brazil 6
22 Norway 6
24 Romania 5
25 Slovakia 4
26 Denmark 3
26 Estonia 3
28 Ireland 2
29 Slovenia 1

China sales could be slightly different. Updated: 18.05.12.

Summary: The XK is the ultimate touring car. Nothing eats miles so effortlessly.

Sales for other XK years can be accessed by clicking on the following years:


23 February 2011

Vehicle Sales Paraguay: 2010


While only 20,200 cars were sold in Paraguay in 2010, less than 3,000 were in 2002, so this is a small car market. Data is hard to obtain for this land locked South American land, but here it is.

Kia was top in 2009, but had to yield to Chevrolet in ’10. In fact Chevy moved up four places to achieve top spot. Unfortunately a year to forget for Nissan though, actually managing a decrease.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 10:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Chevrolet 3,189 15.8% 150.7
2 Kia 3,096 15.3% 73.1
3 Toyota 1,986 9.8% 38.8
4 Fiat 1,667 8.2% 82.4
5 Nissan 1,520 7.5% -3.1
6 Hyundai 1,434 7.1% 105.2
7 VW 1,291 6.4% 133.9
8 Isuzu 779 3.9% 377.9
9 Suzuki 753 3.7% 36.7
10 Mitsubishi 624 3.1% 28.4
Otros Marcas 3,876 19.2% share.
Ventas Totales 20,215 66.2% increase.

My thought on it: A small but growing car market, which is nice to see.

Fuente: Cadam

22 February 2011

Vehicle Sales Peru: 2010

It’s hard to believe that only 12,500 vehicles were sold in Peru in 2003, yet by 2010 120,800 were. Obviously this is a fast growing economy. I believe that in times past, many used cars were imported which may have kept the 2002 figure so low.

Toyota has been numero uno for many years, although current market share is down on earlier this decade. The two Korean brands have improved to be well placed at 2nd and 4th. Chevrolet, so dominant in this Latin region, is not so here. However, it has improved from 20th in 2002 to 5th in '10. Chinese brands are making some progress, but not enough to make this list.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 15:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec

1 Toyota 26,542 22.0% 62.9
2 Hyundai 15,478 12.8% 56.7
3 Nissan 11,168 9.2% 44.0
4 Kia 9,920 8.2% 66.9
5 Chervolet 7,204 6.0% 80.8
6 Suzuki 6,596 5.5% 21.2
7 VW 5,658 4.7% 60.4
8 Mitsubishi 3,751 3.1% 32.8
9 Honda 2,200 1.8% 17.8
10 Mercedes 1,702 1.4% 48.5
11 Volvo 1,500 1.2% 84.7
12 Hino 1,406 1.2% 53.8
13 Mazda 1,242 1.0% 80.0
14 Subaru 1,241 1.0% 76.5
15 Renault 1,223 1.0% 62.4

Otras Marcas 23,969 19.8% share.
Ventas Totales 120,800 57% increase.

How I see it: A booming car market if ever I saw one.

20 February 2011

L R Freelander Sales By Country: 2009


When first released, the Freelander (LR2 in some markets) was a runaway success. Many more brands have joined the segment since, so the Freelander has had to fight for it's fair share of sales. A fine vehicle indeed, if somewhat understated.
While not covering all countries, sales listed below do cover many markets of where the Freelander is sold. It's still a hot model in the UK and Italy, while US citizens prefer the bigger models within Land Rover.

1 UK 11,167
2 China 5860
3 Italy 5,007
4 USA 4,433
5 Russia 3,356
6 Spain 1,870
7 Germany 1,515
8 Brazil 1,482
9 France 1,112
10 Australia 887
11 South Africa 833
12 Canada 549
13 Belgium 521
14 Austria 375
15 Netherlands 250
15 Switzerland 250
17 Greece 172
18 Mexico 170
19 Poland 135
20 Romania 100
21 Sweden 98
22 Ireland 81
23 New Zealand 59
24 Slovakia 54
25 Argentina 49
26 Finland 46
27 Portugal 30
28 Denmark 22
29 Slovenia 19
30 Estonia 14
31 Latvia 4
32 Colombia 2
33 Iceland 1

This is the first in a series of four articles about Land Rovers by model. Countries where I cannot get sufficient data do not appear on any of them.

Please note: Some markets have sizable 'other' or commercial vehicle sales, which may include some Freelander units, although they are often the Defender model. The other list is shown under the "Defender Sales By Country" elsewhere.



China sales could be slightly different.
For the following years, please click on the date: 2013, 2012, 2011, an 2010,
Updated: 19.05.12

L R Discovery Sales By Country: 2009


The Discovery (LR4 in some markets) is a fine looking vehicle. It's definitely masculine, but with class to please the feminine gender. On the sales front, it hasn't done as well as it's class deserves and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it is just too practical for some.
The sales as listed below are not comprehensive, but doe covers many markets of where the Discovery is sold. You can see it is popular at home, while US citizens are increasingly moving toward this model. Russians, Australians and South Africans are keen on this excellent off road vehicle too.

1 UK 6,531
2 USA 3,197
3 China 2821
4 Russia 2,640
5 South Africa 1,649
6 Australia 1,411
7 Germany 861
8 Italy 818
9 Brazil 732
10 Spain 639
11 Canada 327
12 Belgium 319
13 France 261
14 Switzerland 153
15 Netherlands 136
16 Poland 116
17 Austria 105
18 Sweden 86
19 Mexico 78
20 Romania 61
21 Ireland 57
22 New Zealand 33
23 Greece 27
24 Denmark 26
24 Slovakia 26
26 Argentina 22
27 Finland 20
28 Estonia 14
29 Latvia 8
30 Slovenia 7
31 Iceland 6

This is the second in a series of four articles about Land Rovers by model. Countries where I cannot get sufficient data do not appear on any of them.

Please note: Some markets have sizable 'other' or commercial vehicle sales, which may include some Discovery units, although they are often the Defender model. The other list is shown under the "Defender Sales By Country" elsewhere.

Updated: 19.05.12
China sales could be slightly different.

19 February 2011

R Rover / Sport Sales By Country: 2009


The Range Rover can only have so much appeal, due to it's size and cost. The RR Sport on the other hand adds has a broader appeal and is a hot seller. Both the models are so very popular in the US, where larger vehicles are common. In some markets such vehicles are less practical, their size counts against them.
This isn't a comprehensive list, but covers many markets of where the Range Rover and Sport models are sold. In some places, the sales figures of the Range Rover and Sports model are combined. These figures are in the "Both Models Combined" section lower down.

Range Rover:
1 USA 7,312
2 UK 3,152
3 Russia 1,508
4 Germany 475
5 Italy 377
6 Canada 293
7 Belgium 232
8 Brazil 198
9 RSA 163
10 Australia 150
11 Switzerland 119
12 Netherlands 64
13 Romania 47
14 Mexico 30
15 Ireland 19
16 Portugal 18
16 Slovakia 18
18 Latvia 7
19 Denmark 5
20 Estonia 5
21 Iceland 3
21 Slovenia 3

Range Rover Sport:
1 USA 11,364
2 UK 6,902
3 Italy 2,686
4 Russia 1,378
5 Germany 1,083
6 Australia 982
7 Canada 837
8 Belgium 721
9 Brazil 586
10 South Africa 578
11 Switzerland 456
12 Mexico 154
13 Netherlands 91
14 Romania 76
15 Portugal 59
16 Ireland 35
17 Slovakia 22
18 Slovenia 19
19 Estonia 16
20 Latvia 13
21 Finland 13
22 Denmark 7
23 Iceland 3

Both Models Combined:
Spain 943
France 830
Austria 291
Greece 68
New Zealand 62
Argentina 59
Sweden 52
Norway 35
Colombia 4

This is the third in a series of four articles about Land Rovers by model. Countries where I cannot get sufficient data do not appear on any of them.

Please note: Some markets have sizable 'other' or commercial vehicle sales, which may include some Range Rover units, although they are more often the Defender model. The other list is shown under the "Defender Sales By Country" elsewhere.

For other years of Range Rover/Sport sales, simply click on the year:
RR 2013,  RR Sp 2013, 2012,  2011, and 2010.

18 February 2011

L R Defender Sales By Country: 2009


The Land Rover Defender is an icon. It's impossible not to love this vehicle, don't you think? It doesn't sell in very large numbers, but keeps on selling at a very consistent rate. It cannot be sold in North America due to legislation. Sales by country appears below. This isn't a comprehensive list, but covers many markets nevertheless. It is popular in Italy and in Pakistan, the latter where they are assembled. The most popular market would be the UK, but I have not got those sales figures to post here. Turkey (assembled there too) would also be a strong market for Defenders, but I have no data from there either.

Italy 1,600
Pakistan 1,553
Germany 1,090
Spain 770
South Africa 760
Belgium 411
Russia 393
Australia 383
Switzerland 254
France 214
Netherlands 102
Eire 63
Brazil 60
Austria 59
Portugal 48
Romania 37
Sweden 25
Argentina 24
Greece 19
Denmark 17
Slovenia 4
Colombia 3
Estonia 2
New Zealand 2
Slovakia 2

Please note: Some markets have sizable 'other' or commercial vehicle sales, which would be principally made up of Defender sales I assume, although I cannot be definite about that. The 'other' list is shown below.


UK 5,271
France 801
Germany 253
Austria 234
Norway 129
Brazil 102
Netherlands 64
Switzerland 43
Sweden 30
New Zealand 28

This is the fourth in a series of four articles about Land Rovers by model. Countries where I cannot get sufficient data do not appear on any of them.

Updated: 21.01.12

17 February 2011

E-Type Jaguar 50 Years Young


The Jaguar E-Type is 50 years old this year. It was my favourite car when I was a lad. The style was amazing back then, and it still looks good today. Class is like that, it has style that doesn't date. The E-Type is a permanent exhibit in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Enzo Ferrari stated it was “the most beautiful car in the world.” Says it all really.


Production figures I have found at wikipedia.org under Jaguar E-Type are as follows:

Series 1 61-68 38,419
Series 2 69-71 18,809
Series 3 71-75 15,287
E-Type Total 72,515



A fantastic car in every sense, a true classic. I think the XK does a good job of continuing the Jaguar tradition of fine sport cars.


Pics: www.netcarshow.com/jaguar/1971-e-type/

16 February 2011

Top Brands In Europe By Country: 2010

These are the European markets that various brands are top in. A number in brackets after the country indicates the position in 2009. No number means no change.

VW - 7:
Austria
Germany
Litchtenstein
Lithuania (3)
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway (2)
Switzeraland



Toyota - 5:
Bulgaria
Estonia
Finland
Greece
Iceland
Latvia





Renault - 5:
Belgium
France
Portugal
Slovenia
Turkey



Ford - 4:
Denmark
Hungary
Ireland
UK

Skoda - 3:
Czech Rep
Poland (2)
Slovakia

Fiat - 2:
Italy
Serbia

Lada - 2:
Russia
Ukraine

One each:
Dacia: Romania
Nissan: Cyprus
Opel: Croatia
Seat: Spain (4)
Volvo: Sweden

My take: Not much change for 2010 over 2009. However, VW is strengthening, while Toyota weakens.

13 February 2011

Car Production Japan: 2010


Generally Japanese car making is stable and therefore predictable. Of course, the economic downturn upset the apple cart in Japan as elsewhere. To show this point, Japanese car production peaked in 2006, when 9,750,000 cars were made. It hit a very low point in 2009, when it fell to 6,850,000. Things improved in 2010 as production rebounded to 8,300,000.

The problem Japanese car brands have is the Yen. It was purposely kept undervalued for years to assist exports but forces have conspired to move the currency to a more realistic value. Now making cars in the land of the rising sun isn’t that profitable. How much car making will now move offshore, only time will tell. Thailand is one country benefiting greatly as Japanese firms increasingly look elsewhere to make cars.

In the chart below, car production in Japan for 2010 is shown:

Brand Prod Share Inc/Dec
Toyota 3,000,000 36.0% +17.6%
Nissan 1,000,000 12.1% +29.2%
Honda 940,000 11.3% +15.9%
Suzuki 915,000 11.0% +20.8%
Mazda 890,000 10.7% +28.4%
Mitsubishi 585,000 7.1% +60.4%
Daihatsu 535,000 6.4% -3.0%
Subaru 441,000 5.3% +23.3%
Total 8,300,000 +21.2%

The Nissan figure includes about 50,000 Infinitis; Toyota includes 25,000 Scions and 20,000 Lexus. Nearly 20,000 of Mitsubishi production are for PSA (Peugeot/Citroen).

Over the last decade, Honda has dropped the most local production, from 15.2% of all domestic Japanese car making in 2002 to the current 11.3%. Mazda has gained the most, from 8.1% of the total in 2001 to nearly 11% now. This is due to Honda having production going offshore, and Mazda yet to venture in that direction.

What I make of it: Japan will remain a major car making nation, but if the Yen remains fairly valued, then Japanese brands will not be able to afford to make so many cars at home.

Source: JAMA

11 February 2011

Honda Retreats On The Sales Front


Honda was the fifth largest car maker in the world in 2009. However, the company is clearly moving away from volume. Honda made 3.9 million cars in 2008, and 3.0 million in 2010, by my reckoning, a drop from 5.9 to 4.5% world share. I haven't got 2010 figures yet, but 2011 may see a big slide.
In Korea, Honda was the leading import brand for 2008, in January '11 it was 7th! A sampling of figures reveals Honda is cutting back in many countries. For example, comparing market share in a recent year to Jan 2011:

Austria 2007 1.5% - Jan '11 0.4%
Holland 2009 2.7% - 0.8%
Russia 2008 3.1% - 0.4%
Turkey 2008 6.8% - 1.7%
Croatia 2009 2.4% - 0.6%
Canada 2008 9.3% - 4.1%

You can see clearly from those statistics, a massive drop in market share in a short period of time.
Honda reported its last quarter profits were well down. I presume it is focusing more on making money on what it sells rather than simply moving metal. This is a bold decision as falling sales, especially as dramatic as this, is never a good look. We notice how many cars a brand sells, rather than the bottom line profitability. Of course, there are economies of sales with volume, but there is also a point where selling a car isn't worth it if you don't make any money out of it.
Honda is a very private company and does not seek alliances with other makers, something which is different to the direction all the competition is taking. Can Honda remain so independent? Time will tell.

What it means to me: Honda make a well-engineered, sensible range of cars. Presumably they hope that reputation will sell cars for them, rather than sharp pricing.

08 February 2011

Jaguar's Future: 2013 Forward


I wanted to write about Jaguar's future plans. I don't know how sure Jaguar themselves are on some details, but the media contradict each other on this subject. If Jaguar want confusion about its future model lineup and timing of new model releases, it is a case of job well done.

So what is planned? In 2012 the XF will have an update of with new front end treatment updated rear, with some interior tweaks likely. Will there be an XF estate (wagon) model too? Shortly after (2013?) a smaller, roadster sports car - codenamed the XE - to take on the likes of the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4. This will allow the new XK, which will come afterward, to go a little more upmarket. A new XF is planned for 2014-15, also a revised XJ around that time too. Plans are for an XJ hybrid I hear too. A premium compact car as an X-Type replacement is mooted, but little is known about what may happen there. The concept turbine powered CX75 is a fantastic small sports car which will surely see the light of day in due course. Knowing when is the problem.

Of course, Jaguar has needed an SUV type vehicle for years and could have been financially in clover had they done it. Something about that being Land Rover's area stopped it, but that is rubbish. A crossover SUV would have taken almost exclusively opposition sales. So when will this overdue model come? Goodness knows.

Is it time for Jaguar to be more transparent on all this? If it gives too much away to the opposition (Jag doesn't have competition), then it is understandable if it holds back on information.

Stop press: At least four new products under the Jaguar brand are under development, including a small sports car, station wagon, entry level sedan and a crossover. In addition, engineers are working on a concept called C-X75, an electric sedan to return 900 km to a charge, with a top speed of 320 km/hr.

How I see it: So much to do, so little time, and only so much money to do it all with.

Car Sales Bentley: 2010


Bentley car production meandered along until 2004, when the Continental GT was released. 6,900 GTs were made in that year. When the Flying Spur was added in 2005, a total of 9,000 FS and GTs were made. Heady numbers indeed for such an exclusive brand. The economic meltdown cooled things off somewhat, but they still prove to be a popular choice amongst the well heeled.

Below are sales for certain countries for 2010. Bentley is not too reliant on one market, which is healthy. Ten is the magic number to be counted on the list. It is not comprehensive but only for places I have information about:

1 USA 1,531 28.9%
2 UK 993 19.4%
3 China 940 18.4%
4 Germany 201 3.9%
5 Japan 136 2.7%
6 Switzerland 94 1.8%
7 Korea 86 1.7%
8 Canada 82 1.6%
9 France 75 1.5%
10 Australia 58 1.1%
11 Singapore 49 1.0%
12 Austria 48 0.9%
13 Spain 33 0.6%
14 Belgium 31 0.6%
14 Italy 31 0.6%
16 Lebanon 22 0.4%
17 Luxembourg 15 0.3%
17 Czech Rep 15 0.3%
19 Turkey 14 0.3%
20 New Zealand 12 0.2%
21 Brazil 10 0.2%
Others 641 12.5% share.
Total 5,117 10.9% increase.

Last updated: 02.02.12

According to VW, 2009 sales figure breakdown per model as follows:

Continental Flying Spur 1,358
Continental GT 1,211
Cont GT Cabriolet 722
Arnage 147
Brooklands 106
Azure 93

As you can see by those figures, 2010 was a much better year.

Summary: A strong brand, well managed by VW and with a pleasing openness.

Below is a sequence of Photographs of an Anage being made and the finished product.







07 February 2011

Car Sales Aston Martin By Country : 2010


Getting Aston Martin sales is not easy, and the company even declines to give worldwide sales figures. So what I have gleaned, I will share and I'm sure deep down CEO Dr Bez will smile with approval.
Aston Martin were selling 600-700 vehicles in the 1990's, then moved over the 1,000 mark as the new century commenced. Sales increased quickly after 2003, until a peak of 7,000 in 2007. The economic downturn then hit, and sales have leveled at 4,500 presently.
Nearly 50% of all Aston Martin sales are in the USA and the UK, but it was nearer 70% in 2005. The Middle East and Asia are where sales are moving, but I do not have data for those regions. Even in some Western markets, AM sales figures elude me. I don't get the secrecy.
As new figures come to hand, or if the AM PR dept stumps up with a list of sales for me, I will duly pass it on. Now for 2010 sales as I know of them, minimum ten sales to qualify:

Country/Sales/Share of AM sales
1 UK 1,080 26.0%
2 USA 840 20.2%
3 Germany 448 10.8%
4 Switzerland 211 5.1%
5 France 207 5.0%
6 Japan 121 2.9%
6 Australia 121 2.9%
8 China 120 2.9% (approximate)
9 Belgium 106 2.6%
10 Italy 82 2.0%
11 Singapore 34 0.8%
12 Spain 32 0.8%
13 Luxembourg 28 0.7%
14 Netherlands 28 0.7%
15 NZ 25 0.6
16 Portugal 21 0.5%
Czech Rep 19 0.5%
Denmark 18 0.4%
Sweden 17 0.4%
Austria 14 0.3%
Lebanon 12 0.3%
Rest 499 12% share.
Total 4,156

If anyone can add to the list, please let me know. The US figure is a little uncertain. Last updated 30.01.12
Summary: A very exclusive brand, for the discerning motorist.



For others years, please click on the date: 20132012, and 2011.

Pics: Automild

05 February 2011

UK's Net Car Production: 2010


Many nations do not make cars, but simply import them. That makes them a 100% net importer. Of the car making nations, they vary as to whether they are a net importer or exporter of cars.

Taking the UK as an example, it imports more cars than it makes, thereby becoming a net importer. On average for the last ten years, the UK has imported about 35% more than what it has exported. It could have been more so, except that as its own industry declined, Japanese firms opened up factories to compensate. Those Japanese firms have shown loyalty to those production facilities too. This is in contrast to Peugeot, who having bought the once Rootes Group/ Chrysler operation, later built factories in low wage countries and shut it down. That is how PSA treat a country loyal to its product. Hmmm.

So who are the main contributors to UK car making? Below there is the number of cars made, number sold in the UK under that brand and then finally the difference. If the last figure is positive, that brand is a net exporter (in bold type), if it is negative, a net importer (in italicised type):

Brand-Production-UK Sales-Net
1 Nissan 423,000 80,000 333,000
2 MINI 216,000 40,000 174,000
3 Land Rover 183,000 37,000 146,000
4 Honda 139,000 64,000 75,000
5 Toyota 137,000 87,000 50,000
6 Jaguar 56,000 16,000 40,000
7 Vauxhall 103,000 247,000 –144,000
Total 1,270,000 2,031,000 –761,000

Also to be noted is that the UK is a large car engine making country too. So if you applied the same system to that, it comes up quite different.

For 2010, the UK made 2,387,000 car engines, so exported more engines than were in cars sold in that country. That makes the UK a net exporter of engines to the tune of 356,000 units, or put another way, 17.5% more were exported than were sold in cars. I hope my figures make sense.

I have yet to get a breakdown of engines made by company for 2010, but in 2009, Ford made 1,430,000 in the UK, BMW 362,000, Nissan 109,000, Toyota 89,000, Honda 60,000 (the main contributors).

Summary: Although not what it used to be, the UK car industry is still doing well, including quite a bit of design work too.

Source: Mainly SMMT.

Photo: Celebrating 6,000,000 Nissans built in the UK. Model shown the new UK designed and built Juke.

04 February 2011

Car Sales Korea: 2010


Local brand Korean sales are not that easy to get, and can have some variance as to how they are read. Statistics I have managed to put together, for the Korean market in total, indicate a modest 5.9% increase in 2010. Hyundai took a bad hit, with many models such as the Santa Fe, Genesis and Grandeur well down. Kia had a good year with the new K5, K7 and Sportage all hot. I’ve put together a list as best I can of passenger car sales for Korea. Korean brands – including GM Daewoo – make up 93% of the market. Before your jaw drops in disbelief, back in 2001 it was 99%. Therefore, imported brands are making slow but steady inroads into the market.

Korea doesn’t yet have the brand variance that most other markets have but that is slowly changing too. For example, Toyota only entered in 2009 and Subaru in 2010.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for all the brands:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Hyundai 482,000 36.8 -12.0
2 Kia 435,000 33.2 18.6
3 Samsung 155,700 11.9 16.5
4 GM Daewoo 113,300 8.7 8.5
5 Ssangyong 32,500 2.5 46.3
6 BMW 16,798 1.3 74.0
7 Mercedes 16,115 1.2 80.8
8 VW 10,154 0.8 56.0
9 Audi 7,920 0.6 18.8
10 Toyota 6,629 0.5 228.3
11 Honda 5,812 0.4 18.5
12 Ford 4,018 0.3 35.9
13 Lexus 3,857 0.3 -23.7
14 Nissan 3,524 0.3 76.4
15 Infiniti 3,118 0.2 21.4
16 Chrysler 2,638 0.2 -2.9
17 MINI 2,220 0.2 56.4
18 Peugeot 1,909 0.1 80.8
19 Volvo 1,638 0.1 -5.0
20 Land Rover 944 0.1 34.5
21 Cadillac 794 0.1 70.4
22 Jaguar 726 0.1 28.7
23 Porsche 705 0.1 75.4
24 Mitsubishi 546 0.0 13.0
25 Subaru 384 0.0 n/a
26 Bentley 86 0.0 -2.3
27 Rolls Royce 18 0.0 800.0
28 Maybach 9 0.0 125.0
Total Sales 1,310,000 5.9% increase.

Summary: This highly protected market is very gradually opening.

Source: Imported car figures from Kaida.

Car Sales Uruguay: 2010


In 2003, just over 4,000 cars were sold in Uruguay, in 2010 nearly 43,000! This is by far the best sales figure for the last decade I have records of.

Chevrolet is easily the top brand here, with a 92% increase…until you notice China’s Chery brand going from 13th to 5th with a 340% increase. Chinese brands are really making a mark here. Are the Uruguayans unaware how bad Chinese brand cars are in crashes? Or do they not care? Either way, they are fast taking hold of this car market.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Chervolet 11,657 27.3% 92.0
2 VW 5,192 12.2% 67.2
3 Fiat 3,755 8.8% 26.4
4 Nissan 2,135 5.0% 93.6
5 Chery 1,984 4.6% 339.9
6 Peugeot 1,891 4.4% 11.4
7 Ford 1,694 4.0% 39.8
8 Renault 1,632 3.8% 90.0
9 Toyota 1,560 3.7% 55.2
10 Hyundai 1,366 3.2% 77.4
11 Citroen 1,009 2.4% 43.7
12 Suzuki 941 2.2% 11.2
13 GWM 858 2.0% 97.7
14 DFM 698 1.6% 75.4
15 EFFA 671 1.6% -6.0
16 BYD 577 1.4% 222.3
17 Mitsubishi 517 1.2% 25.5
18 Honda 454 1.1% 29.3
19 Chana 447 1.0% 99.6
20 Mercedes 414 1.0% 23.2
21 Geely 404 0.9% 89.7
22 FAW 388 0.9% 14.1
23 Lifan 356 0.8% 888.9
24 ZX 343 0.8% 106.6
25 Orient 261 0.6% 248.0
Otros Marcas 1,471 3.4% share.
Ventas Totales 42,675 64.7% increase.

Summary: The roads here will soon resemble Shanghai or Beijing or …..

Fuente: Ascoma

03 February 2011

Vehicle Sales Colombia: 2010


Colombia had strong vehicle sales for 2010. Several years ago, sales were under the 100,000 mark, but now they are over 250,000, with a 42.8% increase on the preceding year. The top three have been so for many years now, with almost 60% of the market between them. This despite the fact they all lost market share during the year. Chrysler and Ssangyong both climbed five places in the rankings, while a mixture of Chinese brands going under the name Cinascar fell four spots. Nissan and Toyota both had a good year as did truck maker International. Unfortunately, trucks are included in the figures.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 20:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 GM 86,000 33.3 33.0
2 Renault 38,000 14.8 41.0
3 Hyundai 27,000 10.4 12.5
4 Kia 20,000 7.7 72.3
5 Nissan 15,000 5.7 104.9
6 Toyota 14,500 5.6 141.5
7 Mazda 14,000 5.4 33.4
8 Ford 7,500 2.9 64.3
9 VW 7,100 2.8 52.2
10 Chrysler 2,850 1.1 175.8
11 Ssangyong 2,350 0.9 139.2
12 Mitsubishi 2,050 0.8 0.2
13 BMW 1,900 0.7 18.8
14 Mercedes 1,850 0.7 23.6
15 Cinascar 1,750 0.7 -9.3
16 Honda 1,500 0.6 20.0
17 Audi 1,250 0.5 76.5
18 International 1,250 0.5 169.8
19 Hino 1,200 0.5 37.1
20 JAC 1,000 0.4 60.2
Otros Marcas 10,600 4.1% share.
Ventas Totales 258,500 42.8% increase.

Summary: GM has a strong grip on this market.

Car Sales Romania: 2010


Car sales in Romania were 315,000 in 2007, but in 2010 were a comparatively miserable 106,000. Local brand Dacia dominates but European brands are strong also. Neither Japanese nor premium brands are in the top ten, although BMW had a strong year. Hyundai managed a -59% and Kia -89% for an annus horribilis for the Korean duo. Many small brands are not included in the sales total it seems, not that it makes much difference.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 25:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Dacia 34,400 32.4 -11.2
2 VW 8,771 8.2 -7.1
3 Renault 8,401 7.9 -6.0
4 Skoda 8,079 7.6 -8.8
5 Ford 7,600 7.1 -13.4
6 Opel 6,454 6.1 10.4
7 Chevrolet 4,864 4.6 29.1
8 Hyundai 4,432 4.2 -59.0
9 Peugeot 2,606 2.5 -32.5
10 Fiat 2,565 2.4 -48.2
11 Toyota 2,443 2.3 -31.1
12 Suzuki 2,213 2.1 -8.6
13 Seat 1,662 1.6 0.0
14 BMW 1,574 1.5 38.3
15 Citroen 1,495 1.4 -26.5
16 Audi 1,315 1.2 2.0
17 Nissan 1,279 1.2 4.0
18 Mercedes 1,201 1.1 -2.4
19 Mitsubishi 988 0.9 -28.1
20 Mazda 814 0.8 14.0
21 Honda 784 0.7 -20.5
22 Kia 676 0.6 -89.0
23 Volvo 330 0.3 -10.1
24 Land Rover 285 0.3 -24.6
25 Subaru 265 0.2 -33.8
Other Brands 832 0.8% share.
Total Sales 106,328 18.3% decrease.

Summary: A shriveled market presently.

Source: APIA

02 February 2011

Car Sales Thailand: 2010


The figures below are for cars only, not even SUVs. Including commercial vehicles and SUVs bring total sales to 800,000. Either way, what they show is the domination of Japanese, especially Toyota and Honda with over 70% market share between them. Nissan and Mazda bring the top four share to nearly 90%, the rest feeding on crumbs.

As for the car market as a whole, it has grown very fast. Only 100,000 cars were snapped up in 2001, but now Thailand is on a roll as the 51.5% increase for 2010 shows.

In the chart below, italicised figures at the end of each line indicates a drop in market share. Now for the top 12:

Rank-Brand-Sales-Share-Inc/Dec
1 Toyota 140,000 40.8 40.8
2 Honda 105,000 30.2 18.6
3 Nissan 30,000 8.7 215.2
4 Mazda 28,000 8.2 271.3
5 Mitsubishi 8,300 2.4 97.2
6 Chevrolet 8,000 2.3 36.5
7 Ford 6,700 1.9 551.9
8 Proton 5,500 1.6 88.2
9 Mercedes 4,700 1.4 23.9
10 BMW 2,600 0.8 29.9
11 Suzuki 2,400 0.7 829.0
12 Chery 1,000 0.3 197.0
Other Brands 2,700 0.8% share.
Total Sales 350,000 51.5% increase.

Summary: It's domination by such a few brands leaves me speechless.

Source: Toyota Thailand