31 October 2013

Ford Worldwide Production By Nation : 2012


VW is number three but it seems the company has gone coy on production data, like German car makers generally of late. In a world of ever greater transparency, it doesn't make sense. Still, on to number four, Ford to see how they went in 2012 for car/LCVs.

USA increased its share of the company car making, a trend since 2009 when it was at 32%. Most of the vehicles made by Ford USA are pick up trucks. If only counting passenger cars, Ford would be a few places down on world rankings. Ford's US production was up 10% - the total company increase was 2%.

Other nations with increased share of Ford's manufacturing were China (+26%), Thailand (+39%) and Romania (+400%). Notable decreases were in Canada (-20%), Spain (-35%) and Belgium (-29%). Total world market share dropped slightly from 7.2 to 6.9%.


11 12
2011 Shr 2012 Shr

1 1 USA 1,912,098 35.3% 2,106,308 38.2%

2 2 Germany 729,946 13.5% 694,004 12.6%

4 3 China 375,854 6.9% 472,591 8.6%

3 4 Mexico 455,480 8.4% 444,425 8.1%

7 5 Brazil 286,357 5.3% 271,207 4.9%

9 6 Thailand 193,112 3.6% 268,676 4.9%

6 7 Turkey 286,611 5.3% 264,790 4.8%

5 8 Canada 320,396 5.9% 255,924 4.6%

8 9 Spain 229,919 4.2% 149,745 2.7%

10 10 Belgium 178,380 3.3% 126,791 2.3%

11 11 India 119,174 2.2% 116,906 2.1%

13 12 Russia 98,807 1.8% 107,724 2.0%

12 13 Argentina 103,883 1.9% 89,072 1.6%

14 14 Australia 37,794 0.7% 37,702 0.7%

15 15 Taiwan 37,467 0.7% 31,199 0.6%

18 16 Romania 7,547 0.1% 30,591 0.6%

16 17 UK 28,170 0.5% 28,031 0.5%

17 18 Venezuela 21,352 0.4% 21,875 0.4%



Total 5,422,347 7.2% 5,517,561 6.9%

Data source: OICA

PS: Pictures are back! Wow. Hopefully it stays that way. If so, well done Google.

29 October 2013

Toyota Worldwide Production By Nation : 2012


11 12
2011 Shr 2012 Shr

1 1 Japan 2,663,181 39.0 3,394,020 39.3

3 2 USA 793,363 11.6 1,201,364 13.9

4 3 Thaïland 507,822 7.4 881,447 10.2

2 4 China 801,736 11.7 749,206 8.7

5 5 Canada 412,776 6.0 519,217 6.0

6 6 Indonesia 305,779 4.5 409,594 4.7

9 7 France 149,813 2.2 200,806 2.3

10 8 India 136,525 2.0 192,040 2.2

7 9 Taïwan 151,898 2.2 166,579 1.9

8 10 South Africa 150,840 2.2 150,015 1.7

11 11 UK 128,106 1.9 109,496 1.3

12 12 Australia 93,675 1.4 101,381 1.2

15 13 Argentina 69,739 1.0 92,591 1.1

16 14 Brazil 65,969 1.0 82,502 1.0

13 15 Turkey 91,664 1.3 76,925 0.9

14 16 Czech Rep 90,687 1.3 74,191 0.9

17 17 Malaysia 59,135 0.9 71,250 0.8

18 18 Mexico 49,596 0.7 55,676 0.6

19 19 Pakistan 46,099 0.7 42,640 0.5

21 20 Philippines 26,128 0.4 30,784 0.4

20 21 Vietnam 27,245 0.4 22,230 0.3

22 22 Venezuela 9,778 0.1 11,998 0.1

- 23 Egypt

1,684 0.0



Total 6,831,554 9.1 8,637,636 10.8



Data source: OICA

22 October 2013

Porsche On The Up

Porsche was a company on its knees a few years ago. Relying on sports cars only, that was too narrow a product range to sustain it through good times and bad. Along came the ugly  (to me) Cayenne, which has been a very profitable and successful addition to the brand. Then the better looking (maybe) Panamera four door car that has also sold quite well but not as big a hit. SUVs are the place to be, not limousines.

Below are sales and production figures for Porsche. The 2011 data is for a calender year while 2012 is a fiscal one, meaning there may be overlap in figures but the upward trend is still noticeable. I also observed how production numbers exceed sales. This could be due to that overlap and also increased stock holding.


2012 2011 +/-
Sales (units) 143,096 116,978 22.3%
Cayenne 77,822 59,873 30.0%
Panamera 27,331 28,218 -3.1%
911 26,203 17,607 48.8%
Boxster/Cayman 11,740 11,280 4.1%




Production (units) 151,999 127,793 18.9%
Cayenne 83,208 62,004 34.2%
911 28,419 21,748 30.7%
Panamera 27,056 31,834 -15.0%
Boxster/Cayman 13,316 12,207 9.1%

Whatever one things of Porsche's move into areas beyond sports cars, it was a financial necessity. Now under the VW umbrella, it will lose some of its small car company decision making freedoms as it has to work within a larger, more conservative structure.

19 October 2013

GM Worldwide Production By Nation:2012


GM's production of cars/LCVs for 2012 went up 2.8%, but world share dropped from 12 to 11.6%. Thailand (+90%), Russia (+34%) and China (+14%) were notable gains. Europe dragged GM down as it deals with lower demand on that continent.

In the chart below (which took so much time to load, thanks Google), the national production figures are colour coded to match regions. Asia Pacific for example is yellow. China is somewhat contentious as it includes cars made by its joint venture partner there. If that was removed, then the production for China would halve.


11 12
2011 Shr 2012 Shr

1 1 China 2,488,563 27.6 2,843,613 30.7

2 2 USA 1,882,854 20.9 1,984,642 21.4

3 3 Korea 801,192 8.9 775,069 8.4

4 4 Canada 661,884 7.3 683,058 7.4

5 5 Brazil 652,654 7.2 615,550 6.6

6 6 Mexico 544,146 6.0 569,601 6.1

7 7 Germany 442,040 4.9 387,525 4.2

8 8 Spain 365,419 4.1 264,858 2.9

9 9 Uzbekistan 222,022 2.5 236,201 2.5

13 10 Russia 126,345 1.4 169,623 1.8

10 11 UK 209,953 2.3 149,659 1.6

12 12 Argentina 136,428 1.5 128,501 1.4

11 13 Poland 180,723 2.0 125,469 1.4

16 14 Thailand 65,701 0.7 124,609 1.3

14 15 India 112,113 1.2 91,212 1.0

15 16 Australia 87,967 1.0 82,098 0.9

17 17 Venezuela 34,940 0.4 35,891 0.4



Total GM 9,014,944 12.0 9,267,179 11.6

Summary: A solid year, but GM will be disappointed to be losing worldwide market share.
Data source: OICA.

18 October 2013

Car Sales Korea Local: 2012

The Genesis model. So which one is Eve?

You may be wondering why it has taken so long to put out a blog on the 2012 local sales in Korea. Well, that is because I want passenger car sales, not vehicle sales. It takes a while to for it to be available, or me to find it at least. Most data you see around will include commercial figures.

You can see below how total passenger car sales have been flat for the last three years. Yellow is local brands and total imports are green. Hyundai has gradually increased its share (Shr), Kia has gone nowhere, Chevrolet is up, Renault owned Samsung has fallen heavily, while Ssangyong is now up to 3.7% share, up from 2.5% two years ago.


2012 Shr +/- 2011 Shr +/- 2010 Shr
Hyundai 505,714 38.7% 1% 499,043 37.9% 3% 482,261 36.9%
Kia 430,757 33.0% -1% 436,672 33.2% 0% 434,881 33.2%
Chevrolet 131,794 10.1% 3% 127,697 9.7% 14% 112,466 8.6%
Samsung 59,926 4.6% -45% 109,221 8.3% -30% 155,697 11.9%
Ssangyong 47,700 3.7% 23% 38,651 2.9% 19% 32,459 2.5%
Imports 130,858 10.0% 25% 105,037 8.0% 16% 90,562 6.9%
Total 1,306,749

1,316,321

1,308,326

Import sales interest me.  They are hamstrung by high import duty, something that should be lowered now. Despite that sales are improving, although mainly premium marques. (For detail on that please click here.) Still, going from under 7% share to 10% in two years is a solid improvement.