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January 2014 the car market collapsed in Thailand as political fights are now in the streets and the economy is worsening. Imported vehicles have been penalized and Toyota Group (Toyota and Isuzu) gained share at 57% of total in a market that's the half of year ago.
In February 2014 the Spanish car market roared again thanks to strong demand on small and compact cars with Opel jumped on top of the list followed by Seat, corroborated by new Leon success. PIVE incentive would terminate cash in next June.
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In February the Indian car market was down again posting the 15th year on year loss in a row. Future perspectives keep worsening as also commercial vehicles market started declining and economic scenario does not report improvement, while a political battle started for next elections.
In 2013 Qatar light vehicles market scored a new all-time record thanks to a robust increase posted in first half and a slow second part of the year. Market failed the 100k level record although medium term perspectives stand untouched. Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai lead.
During 2013 the United Arab Emirates car market kept the momentum further booming sales and achieving the second best level ever, at double volume from 2009. Toyota run ahead achieving a record volume of 122k while BMW advanced as best premium brand.
In February 2014 the US Auto Market was flat from last year and for the third month in a row below analysts' expectations. Nissan scored its best February ever while Toyota struggled and was outpaced by Chevrolet. Ford F-Series scored the best February in 8 years.
In February 2014 the Italian car market rose 8.6% from year ago posting the best year-on-year performance in the last 42 months. Toyota in fifth place was in the best place ever with record market share. Audi was leader among premium brands.
During the 2013, the car market in the Sultanate of Oman scored the fourth sales record in a row, despite a slower speed. Toyota has not increased volume while keeping share at 50%. Ford was the fastest growing brand while first Chinese brand arrived sixteen.
In 2013 the Saudi Arabian light passenger vehicle market posted the third annual record in a row, despite a weak second half of the year. Toyota recorded over 300k sales while Ford advanced in third with over 50k and Geely jumped in 9th place.
In the 2013, the Slovakian car market have lost 4.4% as economy was stagnating and demand was new vehicles had not recovered after the 2009 drop. Skoda was obviously market leader, but Hyundai scored a sharp increase surging in third place. The best-selling model was again the Octavia.
Following two hard years, European Car Market was projected on a stable 2014 performance. January little increase was supporting optimistic scenarios, before Ukraine dramatic events had moved in negative all projections. Geneva Motorshow will open tomorrow full of fears and questions.
In 2013 the car market in Morocco fell down 7% following the all-time record scored in the previous year. Dacia and Renault have reinforced their leadership in the market while PSA Group has lost terrain. Ford further growth and advanced in the podium.
Full Year 2013 ranking of the Best 100 World's car confirmed the new record volume scored by the leader, Toyota Corolla and by the second, Ford Focus. However, new models are growing claiming for global success, starting from Volkswagen Lavida, the fastest growing model.
January 2014 was the seventeen losing month out of last nineteen for the Swiss car market and 2014 started in line with forecast, negative for the entire year. Volkswagen kept leadership despite losing 8 points of share, while CX-5 pushed Mazda at record share.
January 2014 reported a sensational performance scored by BMW in Portugal, which jumped in first place with over 10% of market share. The strong consumer's demand was reinforced by fleet companies' park renewal and market was one third higher than in 2013.
In January 2014 Turkish light passenger vehicles market was down from year ago, hit by too strong sales push applied in the previous month that left OEMs with an empty orders portfolio. However, Volkswagen scored a great performance surging on top of the list.
January 2014 scored a new record, the best retail level for January ever for the Philippines car market, with a huge increase from year ago. Philippines confirmed to be one of fastest growing car market in the World, following two consecutive record years.
January 2014 the South Korean domestic car market grew 4.4% at 121k pushed up by a combined effect of strong rebates offered by Hyundai and Kia, that started the year very well, plus BMW and Audi robust performance. Hyundai Santa Fe jumped in the podium.
In 2013 the global car market grew over 84 million units, as for last data collected by focus2move, Ford was the fastest brand selling over half a million units more than last year, followed by Honda. Toyota and Volkswagen kept volume leadership while BMW was the best premium.
January 2014 had shown a tepid improve in the South African car market. On top of the market consolidated positions were confirmed while BMW soared in sixth place recovering after the slow end of the year. Chevrolet Spark, Audi A3, Ford Kuga shine.
December 2013 roared in Algeria as car market boomed 52% from the previous year. The year ended with new volume record and for the first time above the 400.000 units. Although low sales in the second half, Peugeot outpaced Renault becoming the new market leader.
January 2014 started slow in Argentina where strong consumer demand had pushed up car sales at new all-time record in 2013 with a sparkling end of the year. Volkswagen was back market leader, but Renault attack is burning the market.
In January 2014 Japanese car market kept positive pace following the surprisingly second half 2013 and sales rose again. Honda Fit leaded the model ranking while Nissan soared in second place thanks to great performance with all models in the lineup.
January 2014 reported a 1.5% increase for the vehicle market. Full year forecast is projected up by 3% albeit January wholesales in red. Chevrolet Spark shines in a stable competitive scenario.
January 2014 reported a slower growth in Chinese car market also related with Chinese New Year holiday. However market hit new all-time monthly record volume. The leader, Volkswagen, starts to really dominate the market, posting none models in the top 20 with sales near 300k.
2013 confirmed the positive trend for the Estonian car market that posted the fourth growing year in a row recovering over 90% of sales from the low touched in the 2009. Toyota confirmed market leadership while Honda and Renault were the Winners of the Year.
2014 started with the best year on year performance since September 2011, as the market rose 7.2% from year ago, pushed up by strong German premium brand performance. Opel and Skoda underperformed while rumours about Ford plans to re-locate production in Romania are strong.
In January 2014 the Dutch car market has lost 7% of sales from year ago, as Mitsubishi Outlander volumes dropped for short supply. Pushed up by strong sales on Golf, Up! And Polo, Volkswagen jumped ahead with over seventh points of advantage over Renault.
2013 for European car market was a year full of fears and tears but at the end resulted in a 1% loss that will be more than recovered in 2014.Last generation of Renault Clio was definitively the Car of the Year, advancing in fifth place, although was not on sales in the second largest market.
January 2014 reported a very fast start for the car market in Israel, as sales grew over 20% from year ago. Thanks to the launch of Mazda3, the Japanese brand, very popular in this market soared in fourth place. Corolla was again the best-selling model.
In January 2014 the Australian car market was down 5%, following the celebration for the new all-time record achieved last year, posting the 6th decline in a row. Mazda3 confirmed the leadership among models booming retails and pushing up Mazda, now challenging the Toyota's market leadership.
January 20143 followed a very strong second half 2013 but has not shown decline for the Polish car market that boomed again posting the 8th year on year growth in a row. Fast start for Volkswagen and Fiat, while Ford, Hyundai and Renault started slow.
January 2014 Canadian light vehicle market was slightly positive although retails were penalized by harsh winter conditions. Chrysler Group started very well with Dodge surged in fifth position and Ram in seventh. Ford and Chevrolet started down, while Toyota up.
Behind the new record level touched in 2013 by the global car market, many are the aspects to analyze in deep, as trend is almost variegated with many "emerging" markets declining and old and mature markets hitting their all-time record level.
January 2014 Belgium car market was slower than expected with sales marginally down from year ago. However, full year 2014 is projected up by 3% and again above half a million units. Hyundai and Toyota started fast while Ford and Renault were slow.
January represented a low start for 2014 Russian car market, as sales fell 5.8% from year ago in spite of Government "Induce Car Program" is in place supporting car loans. Lada was leader with share a bit over 15%, while Renault, Kia and Hyundai shine.
In 2013 a new all-time record was achieved by the Argentinian car market while huge inflation level and monetary issues are increasing the country risk. Among best-selling models, VW Gol and Chevrolet Classic kept the lead but Ford Ecosport and Renault Duster are emerging.
January 2014 opened a year full of risk for the French car market, projected to be the worst in Western Europe and indeed the performance – flat from last year – has not hidden the low consumer's demand although all domestic players pushed hard on rebates. Top cars & LCV statistics inside!
2013 was the fourth consecutive fall for French car market and in our forecast not the last. Market was dominated by French models, with Clio and 208 on top of the list. However, Dacia Sandero and Renault Captur were the winners. Renault Zoe was eighty.