31 December 2012

UK CV Production: 1969-2011


The UK car industry suffered as did much UK industry in latter decades of the 20th century. The car making sector rallied thanks to overseas investment, and other areas such as car design got a reprieve. The effect on the economy was most beneficial, from taxes generated to the trickle down effect to suppliers and ultimately all businesses.

However, CV (commercial vehicle) manufacturing wasn't so fortunate. Van production has fallen away badly, and many truck brands have gone - some bought out by foreign companies and closed. So how did CV production fare in the time frame from 1969 to today? The list below shows:

Make 1969

Make 1979

Make 1989
BLMC 185,400

Ford 167,200

Ford 144,000
Ford 137,000

BLMC 124,700

GM 67,200
GM 102,500

GM 87,700

Rover 44,800
Chrysler 31,900

Ren (Chr) 17,600

Ley-DAF 38,300




Iveco 14,900
Others 8,900

Others 9,200

Others 17,400
Total 465,700

Total 408,400

Total 326,600




Make 1999

Make 2011



Ford 118,300

GM-Ren 73,100



Rover 24,200

Ford 28,200



LDV 13,700

Ley-DAF 14,600



GM 13,300





Ley-DAF 8,100





Others 8,300

Others 5,400



Total 185,900

Total 121,300





With Ford quitting its van production, it will be down to two makers of any consequence. Ownership of many companies has changed so I have tried to keep it as simple as possible. The point is the slide of volume . With GM never guaranteeing anything beyond the current model, and any future investment of note impossible to see this is as good as it will get. I guess the positive note is the car industry could have gone the same way but didn't.


Bedford truck picture source:  click here
Ford Transit picture source:  click here
Leyland-DAF picture source:  click here
GM Vivaro picture source:  click here

28 December 2012

JLR Is Being Watched


Well, more precisely Land Rover, but as Jaguar gets more product on-stream they too will be watched. Who is doing the watching? The competition. I was reading how Audi asked Land Rover for a pre-production Range Rover Evoque in exchange for a Q3 in a similar state of readiness. Usually competitors buy a competition's product once released and take it back to HQ for a thorough going over if they want to know what it is about. That shows how serious the opposition take the Evoque and why not? It is certainly the hottest vehicle in its segment.

Perhaps new Jaguars will elicit the same response as LR is from new models. It is a sign that JLR is now seen as a company that will be taking more market share in future, as the vehicle range grows. Germanic offerings are seen as highly engineered cars but not pretty. JLR are both and it has only been poor managing of the brands that caused the company to under achieve.

Under Tata, JLR has direction and is getting geared up for a more serious push in the premium sector. True, JLR is not trying to become another BMW in volume as it keeps away from the 1-Series end of the market. The difference now is it is being so well managed, it is being watched rather closely.

To read more from the Car Advice website,  please click here 



20 December 2012

Nissan's Infiniti Brand To Expand


Toyota has Lexus, Honda Acura and Nissan has Infiniti. They are premium brands that were aimed at North America. Toyota has since taken Lexus around the world (started 1989; now in about 65 countries) Honda has hardly tried to with the Acura (started 1986; only in about 4 countries I know of) and Nissan is expanding Infiniti (started 1989; now in about 47 countries) around the world.

The fact is they all sell quite well in North America but they have all struggled elsewhere with market penetration. It seems many people around the world want European premium marques instead. Euro brands have been increasing their range of models too, which adds to the perception of their success with the extra sales that generates.


One problem Infiniti has had has been its cars are big, built with North American taste in mind. This will render limited sales in Europe for example. Now it plans to build a car for the 1-Series segment (see pic at bottom of article). It will be built by Nissan UK from 2015. This will mean moving a planned small car to another factory as the UK plant is almost at full capacity now. Another plan to improve all labelling of vehicles by calling all cars as 'Q' models and SUVs as 'QX' models.

Infiniti expects to sell about 170,000 cars in 2012, with at least 115,000 US sales. That is a modest figure for a brand with global ambitions. How it goes in wresting sales away from existing premium brands remains to be seen.

18 December 2012

Honda Civic Hatch: Australia vs NZ


The Honda Civic Hatch is sold in both NZ and Australia, sourced from the same UK factory...yet you wouldn't know that by pricing. In Australia the Honda is driven away at AUS$22,650 or if you take into account the 20% difference in currency with NZ, then it would be NZD$27,180. The problem is it is sold in NZ at NZD$33,650! That is a difference of NZD$6,470!! The NZ price is also absolutely no haggle and they will not budge on price. Discounting hurts resale prices Honda NZ say, and that is true. However, charge a fair price in the first place if you go down that route.

 I have heard of Canadians complaining about differing prices between their country and the USA. I am sure many other places could relate similar stories. Most car makers view Australasia as one market and NZ orders are tacked onto Australia's. Therefore difference in price beyond currency value should not happen. With this car it does. I hate to say it but if buying a Civic Hatch, Australia is the country to live. I guess there had to be one reason to say Australia was a better country to live in. I shall not be moving across the Tasman Sea just for that though. If only Honda NZ would sharpen their pencil on the price.

17 December 2012

Turkish Car Production: 1970-2011


Car production in Turkey has been rising steadily. No doubt it is cost effective to make cars there, and yet still close to the European market. Ford made small numbers of cars before giving up to concentrate on commercial vehicle, of which it is by far the biggest in the country. GM I believe made the Vectra in Izmir but finished that in 2001. To more than make up for those departures, three Asian car makers opened plants. The two mainstays Renault and Fiat continue to be the main manufacturers.

Below production is shown in five year periods, but the last one only three years. The last period is down even allowing for the difference in length of time, but the economic downturn has caused that. Overall you would have to say car manufacturing in Turkey is doing quite well.

Yr Total Renault Fiat Toyota Hyund Honda Ford GM
70-74 153,100 47,000 79,200 - - - 26,900 -
75-79 289,400 144,200 119,400 - - - 25,800 -
80-84 185,400 93,500 90,100 - - - 1,800 -
85-89 488,700 206,200 246,500 - - - 36,000 -
90-94 1,189,100 470,600 661,100 - - - 21,700 35,700
95-99 1,145,900 444,500 483,200 92,600 37,400 14,900 34,800 38,500
00-04 1,418,300 666,800 359,500 261,700 74,300 46,900 - 9,100
05-09 2,766,700 1,236,200 425,700 695,500 287,700 121,600 - -
10-12 1,216,100 638,100 203,300 174,900 167,200 32,600 - -
Total 8,852,700 3,947,100 2,668,000 1,224,700 566,600 216,000 147,000 83,300

14 December 2012

UK Car Production By Make: 1966-1981


These were the golden years of UK car making. BL had absorbed virtually all British brands by 1968 and looked very strong. Ford models were popular, although GM Vauxhall looked average. Chrysler started this period as the Rootes Group, and ended up Peugeot. Record production volume was achieved in 1972.

But cracks were appearing. From '73, a steady decline ensued, and by the beginning of the 80's, it was bleak. BL in particular was only a shadow of what it was less than a decade earlier. UK car making was at risk and could have gone altogether. That didn't happen but could have so easily.

Yr Total BLMC Ford Chrys GM Vx Leyland Other
66 1,603,700 627,300 466,200 171,900 172,800 160,900 4,600
67 1,552,000 561,200 440,700 181,200 196,900 165,500 6,500
68 1,815,900 818,300 553,700 189,100 244,800 See BL 10,000
69 1,717,100 830,900 531,600 173,900 171,700 - 9,000
70 1,641,000 787,700 448,400 217,000 178,100 - 9,800
71 1,741,900 886,700 366,600 281,600 199,100 - 7,900
72 1,921,300 916,200 546,700 263,900 184,000 - 10,500
73 1,747,300 875,800 453,400 265,400 138,400 - 14,300
74 1,534,100 738,500 383,700 261,800 136,900 - 13,200
75 1,267,700 605,100 329,600 226,600 98,600 - 7,800
76 1,333,400 687,900 383,200 144,600 109,100 - 8,600
77 1,327,800 651,100 406,600 169,500 93,200 - 7,400
78 1,222,900 611,800 324,400 196,400 84,000 - 6,300
79 1,070,500 503,800 398,700 103,000 58,800 - 6,200
80 923,700 395,800 342,800 125,300 55,000 - 4,800
81 954,700 413,400 342,200 117,400 69,900 - 11,800
Tot 23,375,000 10,911,500 6,718,500 3,088,600 2,191,300 326,400 126,900
Avg 1,460,900 682,000 419,900 193,000 137,000 163,200 13,150


10 December 2012

UK Car Production By Make: 1982-1996


The early eighties saw the UK car making industry at it's lowest in thirty years; the time of rebuilding after the war. Now it was on another rebuilding, it's battered image of poor quality, industrial unrest and appallingly complacent management. In this period BLMC became Rover Group, GM got its act together, Peugeot shifted from Chrysler and Rootes product to its own, and the Japanese companies arrived. Land Rover is low as it does not include commercial sales.

Overall, the 1982-1996 went from a sorry state to one with some optimism. It wasn't as good as it was in the seventies and never will be, but better than it could have been. The car industry could have gone the way of ship building, but clawed its way back to some respectability.

The lists below start with the biggest producer in 1996 and go down to the smallest.

Yr Total Rover Ford GM Vx Nissan
82 887,782 369,800 306,600 112,700 -
83 1,044,683 433,200 318,700 126,500 -
84 908,184 371,400 273,800 117,100 -
85 1,048,085 450,900 317,700 153,600 -
86 1,019,086 390,000 346,300 161,900 -
87 1,142,787 450,700 386,700 183,900 -
88 1,226,888 450,100 375,500 176,500 56,700
89 1,299,189 434,800 382,600 208,300 77,000
90 1,295,690 417,400 329,600 256,300 76,400
91 1,236,991 360,000 339,300 259,000 124,700
92 1,291,993 339,100 302,100 319,100 179,000
93 1,375,593 356,300 271,800 273,900 246,300
94 1,466,894 390,900 269,100 289,900 204,900
95 1,532,195 374,400 273,900 262,200 215,300
96 1,686,196 376,300 328,000 297,700 231,600
Tot 18,460,901 5,965,300 4,821,700 3,198,600 1,411,900
Avg 1,230,727 397,687 321,447 213,240 176,488

Yr Toyota Honda L Rover Peugeot Jaguar Other
82 - - 13,300 56,200 22,000 7,100
83 - - 12,200 120,500 28,000 5,500
84 - - 11,900 95,100 33,300 5,500
85 - - 14,200 67,100 38,400 6,100
86 - - 14,200 58,400 41,400 6,800
87 - - 20,800 45,500 48,000 7,100
88 - - 24,000 82,300 51,900 9,800
89 - - 31,800 107,200 48,100 9,300
90 - - 47,300 116,500 41,900 10,200
91 - - 35,700 88,000 23,000 7,200
92 - 1 39,700 85,800 20,600 6,500
93 37,300 32,100 50,500 72,900 29,600 4,800
94 85,500 42,800 71,800 74,400 31,400 6,100
95 88,400 91,100 99,500 78,400 41,000 7,900
96 117,000 105,800 96,900 85,100 38,600 9,100
Tot 328,200 271,801 583,800 1,233,400 537,200 109,000
Avg 93,771 90,600 38,920 82,227 35,813 7,267

09 December 2012

What To Expect for 2013 @ all about cars

2012 has been a very popular year for this blog. When Google started releasing statistics in the second half of 2012, 5,300 hits were made for the final six months of the year, an average of 29 hits per day. 2011 went to 49,300 hits; 135 per day. With a few weeks to go, 2012 has seen 106,000 hits; 310 per day! So what to expect for 2013?


I can see you prefer car sales by country, but I don't want to plaster the blog with too much partial year data. Full year stats are interesting for years to come, unlike month by month data. Anyway, 2013 will kick off with a blast of 'sales by country' as they are released. I plan to include some sales by model too in addition to brand sales, now that the blog is able to display data better than it used to.

Car production data is quite popular so I will be doing some until the end of December, when car sales take over. General industry articles would be the least of interest it would seem, so I will keep those to a minimum.

What I am doing gradually is going through each page to see if the text is well laid out. I changed the appearance a little while back and some articles it seems became misaligned. Sorry for that; rather embarrassing. I am now tidying up but it does take time. There were not too many affected.

The site will remain advertisement free. I could commercialise it and get something back for the time it takes to keep doing the blog. However, I like the idea of a site uncluttered with advertisements, the content I would have no control over. I don't want you to to be 'invited to hook up with someone' when you come here to read about cars. Besides, life isn't about money; its about living, enjoying and having enough. In other words content.

Well done to all those organisations that release the data to which this blog owes much of its source material.   Especially a big thank you for your coming.

07 December 2012

Ford UK Production By Model: 1979-2002


Ford started assembling cars in the UK in 1911, and came to an end in 2002. Well 2001 but a few were made the following year. I would like to see manufacturers publishing data about sales and manufacturing for years gone by, but you have to find it yourself. So here we have British Ford production from 1979.


In the statistics below, the Orion figures are included with the Escort as they were after all the same car, one a saloon (sedan) and the other a Hatchback. The Fiesta commenced production in 1979, so the data represents total production in the UK.

Yr Total Fiesta Escort Sierra Cortina
79 398,700 13,800 185,600 - 199,300
80 342,800 33,300 125,900 - 183,600
81 342,200 51,800 150,200 - 140,200
82 306,600 42,000 137,900 39,900 86,800
83 318,700 58,400 132,400 127,900 -
84 273,800 69,400 121,400 83,000 -
85 317,700 88,300 148,900 80,500 -
86 346,300 109,900 143,200 93,200 -
87 386,700 108,100 185,400 93,200 -
88 375,500 93,800 180,600 101,100 -
89 382,600 109,600 188,800 84,200 -
90 329,600 186,900 117,600 25,100 -
91 339,300 212,100 127,200 - -
92 302,100 153,500 148,600 - -
93 271,800 121,300 150,500 - -
94 269,100 135,500 133,600 - -
95 273,900 137,200 136,700 - -
96 303,500 181,900 121,600 - -
97 289,500 192,200 97,300 - -
98 293,400 194,000 99,400 - -
99 251,200 158,400 92,800 - -
00 153,100 122,800 30,300 - -
01 69,800 69,800 - - -
02 12,900 12,900 - - -
Tot 6,950,800 2,656,900 2,955,900 728,100 609,900
Avg 302,200 115,500 140,800 91,000 152,500

Production numbers from 1968- 1978 can be found by clicking here.