29 February 2012

The Rover 800

I did a blog on the Rover 600 recently and thought I would add a piece about the 800. It arrived in 1986 as a replacement for the SD1, a car it didn't quite match in my opinion. Still, based on the Honda Legend as it was, it proved not a bad car. A friend of mine had an 800 from new in NZ. He gave it a pretty hard life and it went well for just about 225,000 kms, by which time it was somewhat tired. The 800 was imported into the USA under the Sterling brand from 1987 to 1991. Production ran until 1999, fourteen years in total.

The initial model ran until 1991, with total production below:

1986 15,450
1987 54,400
1988 48,700
1989 39,400
1990 29,400
1991* 12,700

Total 197,500

*includes some face lift production

After face lift:

1992 28,200
1993 28,400
1994 21,700
1995 18,200
1996 11,400
1997 11,100
1998 6,500

Total 128,500


For nearly all its life, UK sales were over half of total worldwide sales. The only thing that would have made it viable was the collaboration with Honda. The car itself has slipped into history, without causing much of a ripple.

Pics: motorkwik.co.uk

28 February 2012

Jaguar XJ Sales By Country: 2011

The XJ is a fabulous car competing in a shrinking segment, that is of premium saloon cars. Traditional buyers have moved steadily over to premium SUVs. In Asia, they still have a strong following, but I do not have data for that area. I'm sure the likes of Singapore, Japan and Korea would do quite well in this list.

Obviously, the USA is where many XJs find a home. However, too many markets do not buy a lot of them. I wonder if the the next XJ will be a premium SUV, albeit a very sleek, sporty one.

1 USA 5,235
2 UK 2,078
3 China ?
4 Germany 615
5 Russia 381
6 Canada 227
7 Italy 184
8 France 183
9 Switzerland 114
10 Netherlands 107
11 Spain 98
12 Australia 88
13 South Africa 61
14 Poland 44
15 Austria 42
16 New Zealand 19
17 Ireland 17
18 Brazil 15
19 Czech Rep 14
19 Finland 14
19 Norway 14
22 Romania 13
23 Slovakia 9
24 Denmark 7
25 Estonia 4
26 Belarus 2
27 Latvia 1
27 Slovenia 1

For other years, simply click in the date: 2013, 2012, and 2010.

Last updated: 16.05.12. Pics: www.sensethecar.com

27 February 2012

Range Rover/Sport Sales By Country: 2011

There are three lists in this entry, RR Sort, Range Rover and combined sales. They give an indication of how the model sells in various countries and as more figures come to light, they will be added.

The Range Rover Sport has been a winner since its introduction in 2005. Combining luxury, SUV capabilities with good handling is clearly a popular combination. The RR Sport is very popular in Italy, perhaps the driving emphasis appeals.

1 USA 15,333
2 UK 7,634
3 Italy 2,916
4 Russia 1,921
5 Germany 1,895
6 Australia 1,619
7 Canada 1,475
8 UAE 1,417
9 South Africa 725
10 Spain 705
11 Switzerland 667
12 Kuwait 538
13 Saudi Arabia 471
14 Ukraine 217
15 Netherlands 191
16 Qatar 180
17 Romania 116
18 Czech Rep 84
18 Oman 84
20 Poland 77
21 Bahrain 66
22 Dom Rep 51
23 Ireland 42
23 Slovakia 42
25 Latvia 26
26 Estonia 20
27 Slovenia 16
28 Denmark 14
28 Finland 14
30 Belarus 10

The traditional Range Rover still has much appeal, although it has moved well upmarket since its introduction over forty years ago. It outsells the Sport model in Russia. It exudes class.

1 USA 9,761
2 UK 4,736
3 Russia 2,548
4 Germany 830
5 UAE 721
6 Ukraine 463
7 Canada 419
8 South Africa 239
9 Australia 213
10 Switzerland 165
11 Poland* 158
12 Spain 150
13 Netherlands 143
14 Qatar 131
15 Saudi Ar 123
16 Bahrain 85
17 Romania 64
18 Kuwait 59
19 Czech Rep 50
20 Belarus 38
21 Oman 35
22 Slovakia 32
23 Ireland 29
24 Latvia 23
25 Estonia 11
26 Denmark 8
26 Dom Rep 8
28 Finland 5
29 Iceland 3
30 Slovenia 1
* May include Evoque.

For those few markets that seem to think the RR and Sport models are the same thing, we have the list below. In the case of Greece, it includes any Evoques that may have been sold there.

1 France 1,518
2 Brazil 1,174
3 Austria 330
4 New Zealand 190
5 Sweden 187
6 Norway 26
7 Greece 21
8 Argentina 16

Last updated 20.04.12.

For other years of Range Rover/Sport sales, simply click on the year:
RR 2013,  RR Sp 2013, 20122010 and 2009.

26 February 2012

Renault Group Sales In Africa By Nation: 2011

Access to car sales data for Africa, with a few exceptions, is impossible. Renault release their own in great detail. Oh that other car makers were as transparent. All the competitors already know what other manufacturers are doing anyway, so keeping the interested public in the dark is pointless. Full marks to Renault.

In 2011, Renault had a solid increase on the continent. It relies mainly on North Africa and South Africa for sales, everything in between is fairly low. Many of those ‘in between’ countries would be dominated by Japanese brands, or not large markets anyway. The numbers below pertain to cars and LCVs.

Country / 2011 / 2010 / Incr - decr

Algeria 75,042 63,368 +18%
Morocco 41,501 34,944 +19%
RSA/Namib 10,492 10,000 +5%
Egypt 8,999 9,153 -2%
Tunisia 7,173 10,299 -30%
Angola 751 349 +115%
Ivory Coast 505 375 +35%
Mayotte 427 401 +6%
Senegal 384 434 -12%
Ghana 351 82 +328%
Madagascar 318 189 +68%
Nigeria 310 60 +417%
Gabon 273 169 +62%
Mauritius 207 165 +25%
Cameroon 179 106 +69%
Togo 116 84 +38%
Mali 74 65 +14%
Burkina Faso 66 166 -60%
Liberia 58 45 +29%
Rep Congo 25 6 +317%
Benin 20 13 +54%
Mauritania 15 0
Ethiopia 7 4 +75%
Mozambique 0 10
Libya 0 10
Niger 0 3
Kenya 0 2

TOTAL 147,293 130,502 +12.9%

Source: Renault

25 February 2012

Jaguar XF Sales By Country: 2011


The XF is a fine car, both in style and driving pleasure. Jaguar do not chase volume, but are more interested in being profitable so some of the figures below are not that large. However the model makes money for the brand, which then can be used to expand its limited range of vehicles. I think a few long suffering dealers want a wider range of models...now! In the meantime, the XF is doing what it does well.


Clearly the UK market is a success story for the XF. The latest styling changes and new diesel engine have hit the right spot. Unfortunately there are many markets that I have no data for, but this sampling gives an indicator of how the XF is selling around the world. It will be updated as time passes.

1 UK 10,373
2 USA 5,303
3 Germany 1,918
4 Russia 765
5 France 684
6 Spain 650
7 Australia 550
8 Canada 401
9 South Africa 392
10 UAE 310
11 Switzerland 269
12 Kuwait 219
13 Austria 209
14 Netherlands 207
15 Ireland 106
16 Poland 100
17 Finland 97
18 Brazil 72
19 Saudi Arabia 55
20 Oman 53
21 Czech Rep 52
22 Slovakia 43
23 Bahrain 35
24 Qatar 35
25 Norway 30
26 New Zealand 23
27 Denmark 22
28 Romania 14
29 Slovenia 10
30 Argentina 8
31 Latvia 7
32 Estonia 6
33 Colombia 4
34 Belarus 3
35 Greece 2
35 Litchten 2

Last updated: 18.05.12

For other years of XF sales, simply click on the year: 20132012, 2010 and 2009.

Pics: www.autogear.us

24 February 2012

Australia / NZ Sales By Brand Comparison: 2011

Australia and New Zealand (ANZACs) are very close nations, like Canada and the USA. Accents and culture also have a strong similarity. How about car buying preferences by brand?

To start, Australia has 92.3% of sales and NZ 7.7%. The figure after the brand name below is the percentage the brand achieves over or under the average, NZ being the reference country. For example Suzuki makes 16.9% of its ANZAC sales in NZ, but NZ only has 7.7% of ANZAC sales. The 16.9% figure is 119% up on 7.7%. That is the method I have used to show the variances.

US Brands: GM Holden is -22% in NZ, but Ford is +12% for the smaller nation.

Premium Brands: Only MINI (+55%) and Audi is stronger in NZ (+9%). Weaker are Volvo (-57%), Jaguar (-21%) BMW (-16%).

Luxury Brands: This now swings NZs way. Aston Martin (+196%), Bentley (+97%), Lamborghini (+75%) and Maserati (+61%).

Korean Brands: Ssangyong (+178%) and Kia (+14%) favoured by Kiwis, but not Hyundai (-7%).

European Brands: A mixed bag here. Peugeot and Citroen strong in NZ (+65% each), as was Fiat (+97%), while Renault (-67%) and VW (-7%) not so.

Japanese Brands: NZers more likely to buy Suzuki (+119%) and Toyota (+14%). Not so Subaru (-46%), Isuzu (-38%) and Mazda (-19%).

Summary: Japanese brands are slightly more favoured in Australia, while premium brand are much stronger. Luxury marques swings very much in NZ's favour though.

For the full list with the most popular Kiwi brands from the top down and Aussie from the bottom up:

Aston Martin +196%
Ssangyong +178%
Morgan +158%
Suzuki +119%
Bentley +97%
Fiat +97%
Lamborghini +75%
Alfa Romeo +68%
Peugeot +65%
Citroen +65%
Skoda +65%
Maserati +61%
MINI +55%
Porsche +31%
Ferrari +14%
Kia +14%
Toyota +14%
Ford +12%
Chery +11%
Audi +9%
Honda +3%

Chrysler -2%
Lexus -4%
Mitsubishi -6%
Mercedes -6%
Volkswagen -7%
Hyundai -7%
Nissan -8%
Land Rover -12%
BMW -16%
Mazda -19%
Jaguar -21%
Holden -22%
Great Wall -24%
Isuzu -38%
Subaru -46%
Volvo -57%
Renault -67%
Lotus -79%

23 February 2012

LR Discovery Sales By Country: 2011

Some say the Discovery (LR4) is the best SUV, with good road manners and excellent off road capability. It is hard to argue with that. It certainly sells well in places where rough roads and off roading are common. The list is by no means comprehensive, but will be added to as data comes in.

1 USA 7,983
2 UK 7,861
3 Brazil 3,067
4 Russia 2,920
5 South Africa 2,553
6 Australia 2,086
7 Germany 1,328
8 Canada 579
9 Spain 526
10 France 502
11 UAE 309
12 Switzerland 281
13 Netherlands 192
14 Sweden 182
15 New Zealand 148
16 Kuwait 139
17 Czech Rep 111
17 Poland 111
19 Austria 107
20 Ireland 82
21 Saudi Arabia 70
22 Slovakia 58
23 Dom Rep 52
24 Romania 50
25 Finland 39
26 Iceland 29
27 Oman 29
28 Qatar 29
29 Denmark 22
30 Bahrain 19
31 Argentina 16
32 Estonia 16
33 Latvia 14
34 Belarus 10
34 Slovenia 10
36 Greece 3

Last updated 19.05.12.

Pics: www.autocarzine.com

22 February 2012

Toyota GT 86 & Subaru BRZ

I am one who is critical of the lack of imagination Japanese car makers have shown for some time now. Design is never revolutionary and halo models simply don't exist anymore. Well Toyota and Subaru have finally decided to create a model that will never sell in big numbers but show it still has a little soul. The car in question the GT 86, made in collaboration with Subaru. Subaru, which is now part owned by Toyota, will have its own version named the BRZ.

This new sports car has a low centre of gravity, but doesn't have a turbocharger. This says outright speed isn't what it's about, but fun driving characteristics are. How refreshing. This means the obsession with ever more power is eschewed in favour of grin factor handling. I like it.

Of course, by two car makers sharing the project reduces cost and between the two brands, they will sell more than one maker would alone. Most importantly it shows that the Japanese car makers may be waking up to the fact that you need models like this to show that a company offers excitement, not just safe and boring.

21 February 2012

LR Freelander Sales By Country: 2011

The Freelander has been a success for LR from day one. It should have been released even sooner but LR couldn't afford to. How times have changed. The current Freelander (LR2) hasn't sold as well as it deserves, partly due to conservative styling (which still looks good in my eyes) and increasing competition in the segment. It is a fine all round vehicle.

Below are sales for some countries in which it is sold. The list will grow as more data comes to my attention, and you dear reader may even be able to help with that. In some countries, Freelander sales may be included in commercial sales figures in some European countries which I cannot access, but generally it's a fair reflection of sales.

1 UK 13,259
2 Russia 4,391
3 Brazil 3,023
4 USA 2,778
5 Spain 1,808
6 Germany 1,513
7 Australia 1,148
8 South Africa 978
9 France 950
10 Canada 343
11 Netherlands 292
12 Austria 290
13 Ireland 233
14 Poland 208
15 Switzerland 196
16 Romania 113
17 Ukraine 109
18 Sweden 108
19 Czech Rep 66
19 Finland 66
21 New Zealand 53
22 Slovakia 38
23 Argentina 33
24 Denmark 18
25 Slovenia 18
26 Latvia 12
27 Dom Rep 10
28 Estonia 5
29 Greece 5
30 Litchtenst 4
31 Iceland 2

The Freelander doesn't sell well in North America, but it is certainly well loved in its home market.

For the following years, please click on the date: 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009.
Last updated 19.05.12.
Pics: www.netautocar.com

20 February 2012

Lotus Car Sales: 2011

Lotus is a small sports car producer that did well with the Elise model, and got to make a decent amount of cars. It’s been around a while now and sales are declining each year. A whole raft of models are going to be coming out over the next few years that should give a real boost to production and profits.

Below are some sales figures from around the world. The total sales figure is an estimate I made myself. The first percentage figure is increase or decrease in sales, the second in brackets (only the top five) is share of total Lotus sales.

1 UK 329 -43% (19.9%)
2 Japan 271 -13% (16.4%)
3 USA 230 -65% (13.9%)
4 France 158 -12% (9.6%)
5 Germany 84 -48% (5.1%)
6 Italy 72 -29% (4.4%)
7 Switzerland 60 -30%
7 Australia 60 +13%
9 Belgium 35 -49%
10 Austria 16 -27%
11 Singapore 14 -13%
12 Luxembourg 13 0%
13 Netherlands 7 -22%
14 Spain 6 +200%
15 Estonia 3 +200%
15 Czech Rep 3 +200%
15 Romania 3 n/a
18 Sweden 2
18 Poland 2
20 Portugal 1
20 Slovenia 1
20 NZ 1
Others 279 16.9 Share
Total 1,650 36.9 decrease.

Anything anyone can add, please leave a comment. I will update it as more figures come to light. Last updated 22.04.12

For sales of other years, please click on the following dates: 20132012 and 2010.

Pics: Evora - allsportauto.com / Elise - www.autospectator.com

19 February 2012

Volvo Sales: 2011

Just as Tata's purchase of JLR has been a success, Geely's ownership of Volvo is doing something similar for Volvo. So how did it go for the Swedish car maker in 2011?

Total sales: 449,255 (373525 2010, +20.3% increase).

Top 10 markets
(2010 in brackets):

USA 67,300 (54,000)
Sweden 58,500 (52,900)
China 47,100 (30,500)
Germany 33,200 (25,200)
UK 32,300 (37,900)
Belgium 20,300 (17,600)
Russia 19,200 (10700)
Italy 18,700 (17,500)
Netherl 16,000 (14,300)
France 15,700 (12,200)

Big improving model was the S60/V60 range (19,400 to 118,200).

Volvo say they were the fastest growing luxury car brand in 2011. China increased by 54.4%, North America 22.5%, Europe 13.1% and Overseas region 35.7%. 800,000 sales are targeted for 2020, with Chinese growth a major part of that goal. 200,000 sales in China is the goal by 2015.

Volvo has ambitious plans. Reaching them will depend on how the Chinese markets pans out over the next few years. They are playing catch up with the more established German marques in that country. In Sweden, VW is putting pressure on it for the top spot, the VW Group taking increasing share and sales form it.

A good performance for Volvo in 2011.

Thanks to Volvo owner Vadym who tipped me off about this data (source www.volvocars.com). I welcome any contact about suggested material I can include in the blog.

18 February 2012

Car Subsidies

I just read this headline regarding a financial package given by the Welsh Government to secure the future of a car parts factory: 300 jobs saved in £12.4m boost for Llanelli factory. The article said: "The £3.4 million package has in turn led to its parent company investing a further £9 million, safeguarding a total of 302 jobs, including an increased number of permanent positions at the plant. The investment also enables the manufacturer to invest in new high-tech robotic equipment to supply automotive components.."

I have avoided naming the company involved because I am simply using this as an example. There is nothing special about this company doing what it did. Car making and parts supply firms are always looking to see if they can get public funding. They often play a plant in one country against another(s) with a veiled threat to close a plant if money is not forthcoming.

Still, I do not personally agree with the practice as it puts workers under stress and costs tax payers to support investment in plant machinery or the like, something the business should be doing for itself. However, you have to play the game or lose out.

Holding a gun to the head of a region - so to speak - to get money out of them, just doesn't sit well with this writer. Then if one company does it, then others feel they have to also, in order to remain competitive. I guess that's capitalism for you.

Then you get countries like China, that use heavy import duties to force all cars and parts to be made locally. That effectively subsidises the local product in another way. One thing the business world doesn't provide is a level playing field.

USA / Canada Sales By Brand Comparison: 2011


Canucks like their Dodge Rams...

The USA and Canada are very close nations. Accents and culture have a strong similarity. How about car buying preferences by brand?

To start, the US has 89% of North American sales and Canada 11%. The figure after the brand name below is the percentage the brand achieves over or under the average, Canada being the reference country. For example Ram makes 20.4% of its North American sales in Canada, but Canada only has 11% of North American sales. The 20.4% figure is 85% up on 11%. That is the method I have used to show the variances.

US Brands:

Stronger in Canada were Ram (+85%), Dodge (+66%) and GMC (+40%). Poor sellers in Canada were Chrysler (-42%), Chev (-29%) and Jeep (-16%).

Asian Brands:

Canadians liked Mazda (+96%), Mitsubishi (+87%), Suzuki (+58%) and Hyundai (+51%). Not so popular north of the border compared to the US were Nissan (-31%), Scion (-21%) Subaru (-17%), Toyota (-15%) and Honda (-14%).

Premium Brands:

The only ones with more share in Canada were Fiat (+94%) and Audi (+14%). All the others were bigger in the USA. The worst of sellers in Canada were Cadillac
(-57%), Maserati and Bentley (-47%), Jaguar (-46%), Lexus (-43%), Infiniti (-40%), Porsche (-36%) and Land Rover (-29%).

Some points to note:

Canadians like big vehicles like Ram, Dodge and GMC. US citizens like mainstream Japanese brands such as Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Premium brands are much more popular in the USA. There were a few surprises for me.


...while they much prefer Cadillac stateside.

For the entire list, better selling in Canada from the top, and better selling in the US from the bottom up:

Mazda 96%
Fiat 94%
Mitsubishi 87%
Ram 85%
Dodge 66%
Suzuki 58%
Hyundai 51%
GMC 40%
VW 26%
Audi 14%
Kia 7%
Ford 4%
Ferrari 2%
Acura 0%
BMW -3%
Mercedes -4%
Honda -14%
Toyota -15%
Jeep -16%
Volvo -17%
Subaru -17%
Scion -21%
MINI -26%
Chevolet -29%
Land Rover -29%
Nissan -31%
Porche -36%
Infiniti -40%
Chrysler -42%
Lexus -43%
Jaguar -46%
Bentley -47%
Maserati -47%
Cadillac -57%

16 February 2012

Aston Martin Sales By Country: 2011


Getting Aston sales is not easy. The US figure is from a reputable source, but an estimate only. China? My estimate there. Canada? I wouldn't even have a stab at that one. What is there gives an indication, but if anyone can shed light on it, please let me know. Ax I get more data, I will add it to the list.

The top three have their share of AM sales in brackets, which represents just over half the sales. It is interesting that some smaller countries do so well. The Switzerland does well for its size, but also New Zealand for such a small market.


1 UK 1,024 -5% (23.8%)
2 USA 804 -4% (18.7%)
3 Germany 518 +16% (12.0%)
4 Switzerland 241 +14%
5 China 200 +67%
6 France 187 -10%
7 Japan 140 +16%
8 Australia 101 -17%
9 Italy 96 +17%
10 Belgium 92 -13%
11 Luxembourg 35 +25%
12 Netherlands 31 +11%
13 Spain 30 -6%
14 New Zealand 30 +20%
15 Brazil 30 +43%
16 Chile 29 +53%
17 Singapore 25 -26%
18 Monaco 22 +29%
19 Israel 20
19 Turkey 20
21 Sweden 18
22 Portugal 17
23 Austria 15
24 Czec Rep 11
24 Poland 11
24 Norway 11
24 Lebanon 11
28 Litchtenst 3
29 Denmark 1
29 Estonia 1
29 Greece 1
29 Latvia 1
29 Romania 1
29 Slovenia 1
29 Finland 1
Others 521 12.1% of total.
Total 4,300 (Estimate) +3.5% increase.

Excuse all the pictures, but this is the most beautiful range of cars in the world in my eyes, and I got a little carried away. It won't happen again.


Last updated 14.064.12

For others years, please click on the date: 20132012, and 2010.

Pics: www.netcarshow.com

15 February 2012

Bentley Sales By Country: 2011

Bentley was up by over a third in 2011, still short of the 2005-08 period when the world economy was in 'super greed' mode. So for the more restrained times we now live in, a good result.

Three markets dominate, and I have put the share they took of total Bentley sales in brackets - 70% in total between them.

1 USA 2,021 +32% (28.9%)
2 China 1,839 +96% (26.3%)
3 UK 1,037 +4% (14.8%)
4 Germany 276 +37%
5 Switzerland 135 +44%
6 Japan 126 -7%
7 Canada 117 +43%
8 Korea 102 +19%
9 France 71 -5%
10 Australia 61 +5%
11 Singapore 60 +22%
12 Austria 55 +15%
13 Belgium 37 +19%
14 Spain 36 +9%
15 Monaco 32 +19%
16 Czec Rep 26 +73%
17 Brazil 24 +140%
18 Italy 22 -29%
19 Israel 18 n/a
20 Poland 15 +114%
21 Luxembourg 14 -7%
22 Netherlands 13 +86%
23 New Zealand 11 -8%
24 Turkey 10 -29%
24 Sweden 10 +150%
24 Lebanon 10 -55%
27 Latvia 9 +125%
28 Mexico 6 -25%
28 Litchenst 6
30 Denmark 5
31 Portugal 4
32 Indonesia 3
32 Estonia 3
32 Lithuania 3
35 Romania 1
35 Croatia 1
Others 784 11.2% of total.
Total 7,003
36.9% increase.

As more come to my attention, I will add them, so the list will be modified during the year. Last updated 14.06.12

Pics: www.netcarshow.com

14 February 2012

Top Brands Worldwide By Country: 2011

The leading brand by country in 2011 didn't show much change around the world (excluding Europe). Toyota is the big one, closely followed by GM. VW's aspirations at being the biggest in the world is hampered by its lack of strength in so many markets outside of Europe and China.

The number shown after the car brand is the amount of top spots they got. A number after country is what ranking they had for the previous year. No number after a country shows they were top in 2010 also, which is virtually all of them:

Toyota (15)
Australia
Gabon
Indonesia
Japan
New Zealand
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Pueto Rico
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Taiwan
Thailand
UAE
Vietnam

GM (7)
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Paraguay
Uruguay
USA
Venezuela

Hyundai (3)
Egypt
Israel (2)
Korea


Ford (2)
Canada
New Caledonia

Nissan (2)
Mauritius
Mexico

Suzuki (2)
India
Pakistan

VW (2)
Argentina
China


One Each:

BMW - Singapore (3)
Dacia - Morocco
Fiat - Brazil
Kia - Lebanon
Perodua - Malaysia
Renault - Algeria


This list is obviously missing many nations. Any others that a reader may know of, please leave a comment (no registration required) or email me (rdc1234@gmail.com). Thank you.

Pics: www.netcarshow.com

13 February 2012

Vehicle Production Japan: 2011

We all know that the Japanese car industry did it tough in 2011. That is reflected in production the figures below, especially car making. I looked back to 1990 to see how bad it was. Both Toyota and Honda had their lowest car production in 2011 for that twenty two year period. Considering the recent slump of a few years ago - and to go under that - shows how bad it was for those two manufacturers. It was the second lowest total car production for the same period, only 2009 was less. Below are listed the number of cars made in Japan for 2011:

Rank/Brand/Production/Share/Inc-decr

1 Toyota 2,474,000 34.6% -17%
2 Nissan 1,005,000 14.0% 0%
3 Suzuki 812,000 11.3% -11%
4 Mazda 798,000 11.1% -10%
5 Honda 688,000 9.6% -27%
6 Mitsubishi 536,000 7.5% -9%
7 Daihatsu 480,000 6.7% -10%
8 Subaru 367,000 5.1% -17%
Total 7,159,000 -14%

Nissan was the only car maker to avoid a drop (they did actually drop about 3,500 units).

Commercial vehicle production in Japan fared better. Still, both Nissan and Mazda had their lowest production volumes since 1993, the last year I found data. Below are listed the number of commercial vehicles made in Japan for 2011:

Rank/Brand/Production/Share/Inc-decr

1 Toyota 286,000 23.1% -1%
2 Isuzu 202,000 16.3% -1%
3 Suzuki 138,000 11.1% -15%
4 Daihatsu 130,000 10.5% 0%
5 Hino 114,000 9.2% 15%
6 Nissan 108,000 8.7% -14%
7 Fuso 79,000 6.4% 3%
8 Mitsubishi 67,500 5.4% -9%
9 Subaru 52,000 4.2% -5%
10 UD Trucks 23,300 1.9% -23%
11 Honda 22,700 1.8% -55%
12 Mazda 15,200 1.2% -22%
Others 2,100 0.2% 41%
Total 1,240,000 -6%

The total was 8,399,000,
a decrease of 12.7%.

Data source: JAMA

12 February 2012

Top Brands In Europe By Country: 2011

As to which manufacturer is top in a given country can be influenced by various factors. For example, a local brand is usually top where it is made. German speaking countries and northern Europe favour VW, Renault is most popular in southern Europe, while Skoda and Lada are strong in eastern parts.

Below shows which make was most popular in the listed country. A number in brackets by the brand name shows how many countries it is top in. A number by a country shows its position the previous year, and no number by a nation means it was top last year also.

VW (14)
Austria
Belgium (2)
Bulgaria (3)
Croatia (2)
Denmark (4)
Finland (2)
Germany
Latvia (2)
Lichtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Norway
Switzerland


Renault (4)
France
Portugal
Slovenia
Turkey

Skoda (4)
Czech Rep
Estonia (3)
Poland
Slovakia




Toyota (3)
Iceland
Ireland (2)
Greece

Ford (2)
Hungary (2)
UK

Fiat (2)
Italy
Serbia (FAS)

Lada (2)
Russia
Ukraine

One Each

Dacia - Romania

Nissan - Cyprus

Seat - Spain

Volvo - Sweden


Europe is turning VW. To the degree that is happening I do not find particularly impressive. I thought Europeans had more imagination. For example, apart from its being a competent appliance, what appeal does a Passat have? I'm not knocking VW, but they aren't that good. A little more imagination may be in order; thinking outside the square.

11 February 2012

Vehicle Sales Thailand: 2011

The floods that devastated Thailand dented vehicle sales rather badly, yet the strong sales before that meant that the market proved stable for the total year.

To sell cars in numbers in Thailand, you have to make cars locally to avoid steep import duty. Toyota provide the sales for the country, and they dominate the market. The three top makes were hurt by the floods most it seems. Other brands did really well for the year. I did note BMW were not credited with any sales for the last two months of the year.

1 Toyota 289,439 -11%
2 Isuzu 132,194 -13%
3 Honda 83,952 -26%
4 Nissan 69,094 +32%
5 Mitsubis 65,360 +65%
6 Mazda 41,980 +19%
7 Chevrolet 31,595 +58%
8 Ford 29,200 +114%
9 Hino 10,138 +3%
10 Suzuki 9,688 +77%
11 Proton 5,197 -6%
12 Tata 5,162 -2%
13 Mercedes 4,684 -7%
14 Hyundai 4,514 +48%
15 BMW 3,858 +28%
16 Volvo 1,576 +32%
17 DFM 1,562 +127%
18 Chery 1,192 +15%
19 Kia 907 +39%
20 VW 728 -9%
21 Fuso 642 -19%
22 Lexus 622 +85%
23 WuLing 455 +18%
24 MINI 385 -5%
25 Scania 263 +65%
26 Ssangyong 237 +32%
27 Citroen 204 +343%
28 Peugeot 144 +92%
29 Subaru 136 +40%
30 Porsche 122 +49%
31 Nissan UD 110 n/a
32 Audi 56 -8%
33 Jaguar 44 +159%
34 Daewoo 43 +39%
35 Land Rover 39 +8%
Other 218
Total 795,740 1% decrease.

2012 should see an improvement of things if the country can avoid any natural disasters.

Updated 24.02.12

10 February 2012

Nedcar Production History: 1995-2010


Below is an article about Dutch car plant Nedcar in Born. To see the problem, production figures give it away. When the plant was shared, production volume made it viable. Now down to one brand and possibly one model, it would never pay. To show what I mean, production figures for the plant when Mitsubishi joined production:


Yr Total Mitsub Volvo smart
95 100,400 20,900 79,500 -
96 145,200 44,500 100,700 -
97 197,200 82,200 115,000 -
98 243,000 92,000 151,000 -
99 262,200 112,900 149,300 -
00 215,100 58,800 156,300 -
01 189,300 67,200 122,100 -
02 176,000 70,200 105,800 -
03 163,100 73,900 89,200 -
04 187,600 87,000 28,000 72,600
05 115,100 68,100 - 47,000
06 87,300 73,200 - 14,100
07 61,900 61,900 - -
08 59,200 59,200 - -
09 50,600 50,600 - -
10 48,000 48,000 - -

Since it came down to one brand, things were not good. Expand or close? I don't see any future for the plant, not in car making anyway.

Car Plant For One Euro


Mitsubishi operate a car plant in the southeast of the Netherlands called Nedcar, which they took over fully from Volvo in 2001. Prior to that it was joint owned. Mitsubishi now want to end its production there and are asking a token 1 Euro for its purchase. Production is down to only 50,000 cars, the 1,500 workers making the Colt and Outlander models. Mitsubishi's European sales have dropped sharply of late due to the strength of the Yen and a generally uncompetitive product lineup. Mitsubishi cars in Europe will be imported from Japan and Thailand, where the company is building a new plant.

To me the real issue here is that they are essentially moving production from Europe to Thailand. Mitsubishi either had to increase production in Holland (as 50k production for two models isn't going to make money) or utilise the new Thai plant. It looks like plan two won the day. It is no doubt the more profitable decision but you have to feel for the 1,500 workers that lose their jobs.