23 February 2018

The Extroverted Honda Civic Type-R

Are you the sort of person who likes to be noticed driving? Does the word 'extrovert' sum you up nicely. Do you enjoy driving a car that excites but is livable as a daily commute? Well, here is your car.

For some, the look is too 'out there'. Fair enough, as I'm that sort so I understand. I like the understated look. Most seem to criticise the excess of the 10th generation Civic Type-R's styling. Yet I feel this is going to be a classic. It's by all accounts a very good car. When they stop making them, they will be sort after.

To show how good the car is, it won the New Zealand Autocar 2017 Car of the Year award. I found that a car like this winning such an award surprising as it is a niche product, sold in NZ in modest numbers. Yet being as practical as it is makes it a perfect fit for this accolade.

Pics. Sunday Times - Driving.

22 February 2018

Mitsubishi Regional Sales & Production : 2012-16

This article compares production and sales by region and it throws up some interesting stuff.

Production: Mitsubishi has been reducing the plants it makes vehicles in. It was no doubt good for the bottom line. 98.5% of manufacturing is done in Asia. it always has had a heavy leaning that way, now it's the total for all intents and purposes.

Region 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Japan 531,471 652,966 648,595 637,079 484,428
Asia 435,048 429,850 452,911 471,358 527,299
Latin Amer 15,000 23,898 34,532 31,916 40,260
Nth America
38,186 61,974 69,766 47,837
3,049 8,230 6,366 13,522
ME / Africa

118 1,920
Grand Total 981,519 1,147,949 1,206,360 1,218,405 1,113,346

Japan 54.1% 56.9% 53.8% 52.3% 43.5%
Asia 44.3% 37.4% 37.5% 38.7% 47.4%
Latin Amer 1.5% 2.1% 2.9% 2.6% 3.6%
Nth America
3.3% 5.1% 5.7% 4.3%
0.3% 0.7% 0.5% 1.2%
ME / Africa

0.0% 0.2%

Sales: In its home nation, Mitsubishi is very small. It contributes well under than 10% of the total. The rest of Asia is about a third of what's sold. The production volume is consistently higher than sales, showing that some production is for other companies.

Region 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Asia 314,852 321,992 344,174 343,756 357,438
Europe 179,319 206,142 227,289 201,579 180,901
Nth America 138,286 135,170 116,897 96,988 84,718
Oceania 83,332 81,574 78,804 76,623 64,027
Japan 79,775 101,924 114,774 143,212 134,021
ME / Africa 70,900 126,648 106,841 81,432 70,854
Latin Amer 59,926 74,878 101,061 103,420 95,407
Grand Total 926,390 1,048,328 1,089,840 1,047,010 987,366

Asia 34.0% 30.7% 31.6% 32.8% 36.2%
Europe 19.4% 19.7% 20.9% 19.3% 18.3%
Nth America 14.9% 12.9% 10.7% 9.3% 8.6%
Oceania 9.0% 7.8% 7.2% 7.3% 6.5%
Japan 8.6% 9.7% 10.5% 13.7% 13.6%
ME / Africa 7.7% 12.1% 9.8% 7.8% 7.2%
Latin Amer 6.5% 7.1% 9.3% 9.9% 9.7%

Data source: MMC.
Picture source: Netcarshow.

21 February 2018

February 2018 News

Volkswagen. VW's effort to improve accountability has not impressed its workers. Almost two thirds of staff see no improvement in VW's corporate culture, despite the time that has passed since the diesel emissions scandal broke out. The labour survey included more than 51,000 workers.

The group human resources boss responsible for the change in culture at VW said it takes time and everyone's help to bring about this about. I agree such things take time but the main driving force for change has to come from the top. It also involves not just changing, but people seeing the change.

Toyota. It took over from GM a few years ago as the biggest vehicle manufacturer. Then Toyota pulled back as it realised chasing the top spot had caused it to take its eye off its core philosophy, reliability. It held back on volume to sort this out. I get the impression it is now happy with where it is and will drive the volume in 2018. I can't see any car company stopping Toyota pulling away into a clear lead.

Cars. I have put a lot of time in collating and sharing information with you all. My interest in cars came as a child with a sizable collection of Dinky cars, and to a lesser extent Matchbox cars. Unfortunately, I no longer have them but the interest remains. That along with a love of statistics and the Internet allowing access to the data came together in this blog.

There are no adverts and it is a commercial free zone as stated before. 98% of the comments posted here are from people trying to promote their business, all of which get removed asap. This is purely a labour of love and I am not connected with the industry so I am the piper and I play my own tune.

I also drive a 13 year old car. I bought it new and it has had not one mechanical problem. I have often toyed with the idea of buying something new to replace it but it doesn't need to be moved on. I've looked at used cars and for what I'd have to outlay, what I've got is far better value to keep. It's doing the job very well. So I'm not a materialist, always wanting something new. Regularly changing cars is a sure way to burn through money.

It Stinks. Ships carrying used cars to New Zealand have been found to have the brown marmorated stink bug on board. If it finds its way into the country, it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to the New Zealand economy. Threatened foods included apples, kiwifruit, corn, tomatoes, cherries and wheat. Three car carrier ships have been ordered out of New Zealand waters and another vessel voluntarily diverted.

This bug has apparently made it into America and Europe. It is quite resistant to insecticide. It's going to cost someone to fix it so a better check system before they departed may be more cost effective.