31 March 2015

Simca Car Production By Model : 1947-59

The brand name Simca is an acronym of 'Société Industrielle de Mécanique et Carrosserie Automobile' or 'Mechanical and Automotive Body Manufacturing Company' in English. In other words 'Car Maker'. The company was founded in 1930's by Fiat, and all its early cars were based on Fiat models. The downside of that was export cars were not allowed to compete directly with Fiat.

In 1951 the first Simca not based on a Fiat was released, the Aronde. It's success led to Simca wishing to expand and consolidate. It so happened that Ford had a plant in France which they wanted to dispose of and Simca bought that plant in Poissy c. Paris in 1954. Along with the plant came the rights to make the new Ford Vedette model, sold mainly as a Simca.

In 1957, Simca brought out the large Ariane car with a small motor, ideal because the French government had introduced a heavy tax on cars with large engines. By 1959, Simca was producing more cars than either Peugeot or Citroën, and was second only behind Renault.

Here are production figures for Simca and below a brief model description. Only one model was made from 1951-53.


Year Aronde Ariane Vedette 6 Total

8 5

1947 7851 - - 3945 11,796

1948 14071 - - 4100 18,171

1949 15857 - - 11111 26,968

1950 26047 - - 5419 31,466

1951 42495 - - - 42,495

1952 69062 - - - 69,062

1953 61577 - - - 61,577

1954 92440 - 2335 - 94,775

1955 115643 - 42432 - 158,075

1956 133105 - 44788 - 177,893

1957 138064 14679 17893 - 170,636

1958 143543 35015 28223 - 206,781

1959 192424 26852 15947 - 235,223

Data source: Freyssenet.com

5/6: The 5 was a small car that was basically the same as the Fiat 500 Topolino. It had some advanced features for the time and was miserly on fuel. Production commenced in the 1930's and ended in 1948. It was replaced by the 6 which while still based on the Topolino, but was less similar in design. When it ended production, it was not replaced for the time being.

The 1955-58 Aronde

8/Aronde: Like the 5, the 8 started before the war in 1937 and was based on the Fiat 1100. This medium sized car came as a 2 or 4-door saloon, a coupé and cabriolet. Then came the Aronde with three models introduced during the 1950's, each progressing nicely in style.

Vedette: As mentioned, it was a large Ford model inherited with the Poissy factory. Designed in the US, it came with a small V8 engine. Some continued to be sold in some markets in Europe as Ford cars after the purchase of the factory. A second generation was released in 1958.

The Ariane model

Ariane: This car slipped just under the Vedette in size although also a large car. Production numbers look disappointing but I am unsure what was expected of it by Simca.

Summary: Simca was going well in the 1950's. Chrysler bought a small stake in the company in 1958, and that was soon to increase dramatically as Chrysler sought to establish itself in Europe. 

For others in the series, simply click on the dates: 1960-691970-79, and 1980-87

30 March 2015

BMW MINI Sales By Nation : 2010-14

The new 4-door MINI should be successful

This car did better than anyone thought and it has spawned a raft of copycats. Have they been as good? Looking at cars like the Audi A1, you would have to say the MINI is still better. However, with many models competing, they will  take some sales off each other. Thorough this the MINI still sells very well.

Here is the latest data from the last five years. I have done individual years before, but this has slightly more detail. It will be updated if more comes to hand, but most is here already. Enjoy.

10 11 12 13 14 Nation 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014


50 56
Algeria

143 67
29 40 30 28 44 Argentina 477 291 549 736 174
13 18 17 17 15 Australia 2,267 2,291 2,394 2,535 2,570
16 16 18 18 18 Austria 1,916 2,544 2,110 2,045 2,119

66
60 Belarus

12
8
9 9 11 11 11 Belgium 6,284 6,758 5,443 5,014 4,997
18 15 19 19 16 Brazil 1,672 2,921 1,972 1,941 2,420
55 59 57 54 52 Bulgaria 42 57 79 76 90
10 10 9 10 10 Canada 4,501 5,155 6,305 6,013 5,383
34 33 32 32 34 Chile 331 435 444 552 550
7 6 4 4 3 China 10,509 15,518 23,275 28,613 34,500
36 31 31 33 32 Colombia 301 455 515 544 630
53 57 58 60 49 Croatia 47 70 67 48 109
50 48 55 58
Cyprus 72 135 101 62
46 45 39 41 40 Czech Rep 91 163 304 360 307
28 30 36 34 35 Denmark 506 512 362 517 546
58 52


Dom Rep 27 124


40 53 45
Egypt 169
122 175
61 65 63 63 57 Estonia 8 21 31 27 30
39 41 43 42 42 Finland 212 259 269 224 187
5 4 5 5 6 France 18,007 21,702 21,483 19,099 18,278
3 3 3 3 4 Germany 31,477 40,345 36,302 34,263 33,183
20 25 29 29 25 Greece 889 946 667 703 1,044
27 26 25 26 29 Hong Kong 525 900 924 940 725
51 58 52 52 47 Hungary 68 62 126 91 115
- - 41 40 39 India

302 418 403

61 37 38 37 Indonesia
37 342 460 510
33 34 33 36 36 Ireland 370 413 440 516 520
43 48 35 35 38 Israel 96 135 396 498 496
4 5 6 6 5 Italy 18,043 21,602 17,824 17,325 19,139
6 7 7 7 7 Japan 11,338 14,350 16,213 16,982 17,598

67 65 64
Kazakhstan
18 22 22
14 12 10 9 9 Korea 2,220 4,282 5,927 6,301 6,572
62 62 59 56 Latvia 6 35 36 65 46
48 51 45 46 43 Lebanon 80 127 209 174 181
57 63 60 61 59 Liechtenstein 31 31 41 34 15
64 62 62
Lithuania
30 33 31
25 28 28 30 28 Luxembourg 620 775 681 651 769
38 39 38 39 30 Malaysia 222 301 341 437 655
60 65 64 64 58 Mauritius 17 21 29 22 23
15 14 14 13 13 Mexico 2,093 3,003 3,821 4,357 4,400
24 24 23 21 21 Middle East 625 1,108 1,305 1,500 1,608


67

Moldova

11

42 46 49 51 50 Monaco 112 154 151 128 108
45 43 46 50 48 Morocco 93 205 202 133 114
12 13 13 14 14 Netherlands 2,999 3,972 4,039 3,426 3,675
47 53 56 53 53 New Caledonia 83 102 89 83 76
32 27 26 25 26 Norway 398 813 856 983 940
37 38 34 36 33 NZ 260 312 430 490 569
44


Paraguay
170


51 54


Peru 68 95


48 48 47
Philippines
135 174 168
30 29 27 27 27 Poland 412 552 776 781 901
19 21 24 24 22 Portugal 1,631 1,640 1,054 1,240 1,564
44 47 50 48 45 Romania 95 150 143 148 150
17 17 15 16 17 RSA 1,783 2,509 2,794 2,794 2,143
21 19 16 15 19 Russia 751 2,002 2,629 2,800 1,750
62 68 68 67 61 San Marino 6 13 9 1 1
56 55


Saudi Arabia 34 82





66
Senegal


11
54 56 54 57 55 Serbia 44 74 118 66 63
35 36 42 44 41 Singapore 312 363 285 184 193
49 42 44 49 46 Slovakia 79 234 214 136 121
41 32 47 43 54 Slovenia 127 440 186 211 74
8 8 8 8 8 Spain 8,722 8,379 7,286 7,575 8,217
22 22 21 23 20 Sweden 750 1,415 1,492 1,360 1,646
11 11 12 12 12 Switzerland 3,791 4,581 4,593 4,726 4,463
26 23 22 22 23 Taiwan 610 1,193 1,365 1,399 1,450
31 35 40 31 31 Thailand 407 385 303 611 650
- 69 69

Tunisia
2 1

23 20 20 20 24 Turkey 708 1,735 1,758 1,557 1,071
2 2 2 2 2 UK 43,894 50,138 51,410 52,627 53,939
59 60 59 55 51 Uruguay 22 56 42 75 101
1 1 1 1 1 USA 45,644 57,511 66,123 66,502 56,112
64


Venezuela 2