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My 50 questions for 2014

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* You can check out the entire 50 questions by clicking on the title and the answers to my 50 questions for 2013 here *

With a new year come new interrogations about how the car sales world will evolve, and as is the tradition on BestSellingCarsBlog I have selected 50 questions for 2014, let's meet here in 365 days to find out how these turned out. What are your questions for 2014? Let us all know by commenting on here. So here goes:

1. Will both the Chinese and US car market continue to grow fast? Which one will be the fastest and will China still be on track to hit 30 millions sales by 2020?

2. Best-selling car in the world: Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus?

3. Will the DS brand be a success in China?

4. Which manufacturer will top worldwide sales? Will it still be Toyota? Can General Motors or Volkswagen grow faster?

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5. Will the Datsun Go and Go+ succeed?

6. Will Qoros manage solid sales both at home in China and in Europe?

7. Will Tesla continue to grow or was 2013 a one-off performance?

8. Can either the Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur break into the monthly European Top 10?

9. Will we still witness the 'low cost or premium' trend in European car sales?

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10. Will Saab really revive? Will Opel survive? Will another car manufacturer disappear from the US? worldwide?

11. Will any pick-up truck manage to threaten the Ford F-Series in the US? Chevrolet Silverado? Toyota Tundra?

12. Can any passenger car come close to the Toyota Camry in the US? Will Ford's high expectations for the Fusion materialise?

13. Can Renault stabilise Lada sales at home in Russia?

14. Can the new generation Nissan Qashqai push the nameplate into the monthly European Top 5?

15. Can the Skoda Octavia go higher than #5 in Europe? The BMW 3 Series higher than #4 and the Audi A3 higher than #6?

Renault Captur Netherlands August 2013Will the Renault Captur break into the European monthly Top 10 in 2014?

16. Will there be any newcomers inside the European Top 10 in 2014 apart from potentially the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008?

17. Will Italy bottom out or fall further into recession?

18. Can the European new car market grow again?

19. Will Brazil, India and Russia get back into positive territory?

20. Can Renault become Argentina's best-selling brand in the long term?

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21. Which major markets will be the fastest growing?

22. Will any new low-cost brand be launched worldwide?

23. Will Honda drop the Ciimo and Linian low-cost brands in China? Will GM's Baojun and Nissan's Venucia continue to grow? How will FAW VW's Carely fare?

24. Can the 301 re-establish Peugeot in Africa in the long-term?

25. Will the VW Up! range expand as well as its sales?

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  1. Emi Ang
    January 8th, 2014 at 08:41 | #1

    @João Carlos da Costa Reis
    Actually in Argentina were 955.000 sales last year. Anyway Matt was talking about 2012 to 2013.

    We have so much questions in Argentina for 2014. The new and very stiff taxes on “luxury” cars make us wonder some things. Some people say that is going to be a boom on pick up sales because of the taxes. Some others say the tax is going to have an indirect impact on the price of every car even the cheapest. All of this leads to:
    – Will the sales fall dramatically?
    – Is there any hope of brake the 1 million sales barrier?
    – Will some brands leave the local market?

    Besides the taxes, I have the same question about Renault reaching the top, last year i asked about Chevrolet taking VW place and even though VW was down, the american brand didn’t grow up enough, so the answer was no. But then Renault made his move and now the distance in the top 3 is much more close. Also Renault Argentina is disposed to lead the market meanwhile VW appears much more passive than previous years, VW hope rest on the Up! So I think is a possible yes for question #20.

    We share with Brazil the question about the models which aren’t sold anymore because of the new regulation, Uno Fire, old Fiorino, Gol Power, Fiesta One hatchback y sedán, and Ford Ka.
    – How will change the list with all that models gone.

    – Will Toyota join the massive sales brands in the country? (VW, Renault, Chevrolet, Ford, Fiat, Peugeot)
    – Will Suzuki succeed in his return or is it not a good time?

  2. Neckriagen
    January 6th, 2014 at 22:26 | #2

    1. Yes, no.
    2. Corolla.
    3. No.
    4. Toyota yet.
    5. No yet.
    6. yes, no.
    7. Yes.
    8. No.
    9. yes
    10. yes, yes, no.
    11. no.
    12. Yes, no.
    13. Yes.
    14. Yes.
    15. Yes. no, no.
    16. Yes.
    17. Yes.
    18. Yes.
    19. Yes.
    20. No.
    21. No.
    22. Yes.
    23. No.
    24. No.
    25. No.
    26. No.
    27. No.
    28. No.
    29. No.
    30. Yes.
    31. No.
    32. No.
    33. Mazda.
    34. No.
    35. Yes.
    36. Yes, Latinamerica and Africa.
    37. No.
    38. Yes.
    39. No, yes.
    40. Yes.
    41. Hybrid.
    42. No.
    43. No.
    44. No.
    45. Yes.
    46. No.
    47. No.
    48. No.
    49. No.
    50. Yes?

  3. Paul
    January 4th, 2014 at 14:36 | #3

    Will Tesla start marketing cars, rather than just an operating system?

  4. Bill
    January 2nd, 2014 at 08:18 | #4

    Question #6. The answer is NO, as conserns for Europe. Brand will not establish as a solid player. European market is still too tough for Chinese.

  5. João Carlos da Costa Reis
    January 2nd, 2014 at 05:51 | #5

    Hi Matt,

    Sorry, but compare China and USA (your #1 question

    “1. Will both the Chinese and US car market continue to grow fast? Which one will be the fastest and will China still be on track to hit 30 millions sales by 2020?”)

    in my opinion is not the point.

    USA market growth was not so impressive in the last 05 years, compared with the absolutely surprising Chinese market growth.

    It’s known that the Chinese market’s astonishing grown from about 200.000 (two hundred thousand) units in 2000 to about 21.000.000 (twety one milion) in 2013.

    That is 10.000% in 13 years.

    I believe that are some other astonishing market car growths worldwide much more impressive than that of the United States, that could replace it in the comparison you formulated.

    I could mention:

    1. Brazil: 1.500.000 units in 2002 up to 3.500.000 in 2013 (more than 230% of growth)
    2. Argentina: 200.000 in 2003 to 750.000 in 2013 (more than 350% growth)
    3. Russia: 1.000.000 in 2005 up to more than 3.000.000 in 2013 (more than 300% growth)
    4. India: 800.000 units in 2004 up to 4.000.000 in 2012 (more than 500% growth)

    • matgasnier
      January 2nd, 2014 at 10:07 | #6

      Hi Joao,
      I am talking about the last couple of years only.
      Remember than in 2012 the US market grew faster than the Chinese market, and in 2013 the growth rates are very similar with 8% for the US and 12% for China. So this question remains valid, especially as laws limiting the registrations of new cars in all the most populated cities in China become more stringent.

  6. Andre
    January 2nd, 2014 at 02:55 | #7

    -What will change in Brazilian top 10 now that previous generations VW gol and Fiat Uno aren´t sold anymore?
    -Which model will replace the VW Kombi in Brazil now that it isn´t sold anymore?
    -Will Chery experience significant growth in South America after its factory in Brazil starts operating?
    -Will Haval´s most expensive SUV be a sucess in China?

  7. January 2nd, 2014 at 01:39 | #8

    Hi Matt,

    3 – The DS5 LS looks pretty good and deserves success, hell, it even deserves that Citröen sells it elsewhere;

    6 – Qoros looks pretty good, if generic. I see Kia/Hyundai when they arrived at the western markets, success won’t be immediate, but if they keep on improving…

    7 – Growth, but they need the Model X to keep on building sales and stay independent;

    37 – Yes, it would even succeed in western markets if launched there, it reminds the old successful Terrano;

    41 – Hybrids are already part of Toyota’s business, so yes, they will keep on building on their success to differentiate from others. Hydrogen Cars are still a money-losing project, like the first Prius was.

  8. January 1st, 2014 at 22:08 | #9

    Will the Japanese brands be affected again by the tension between the Japanese and the Chinese Governments?

    Will the DS Citroen premium line be successful? I don’t believe it but i hope i’m wrong.

  9. sandeep
    January 1st, 2014 at 21:10 | #10

    My Question: will China finally gives us acces to the sales of Imported cars ?

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