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World 1st quarter 2015: Toyota keeps worldwide crown, just

April 25th, 2015 No comments

Toyota LevinToyota unveiled the Levin HEV at Auto Shanghai this week.

According to Bloomberg and Automotive News, Toyota was still the largest carmaker in the world during the first 3 months of 2015 in spite of sales down 2.5% year-on-year to 2.52 million vehicles. Reversely both VW Group (2.49 million) and General Motors (2.42 million) saw deliveries improve over the period. This means the Top 3 carmakers in the world all fit within a mere 100,000 units at this stage and confirms the race to the top of the sales charts will be intense all the way through 2015. Volkswagen now expects to grow at a slower pace during the remainder of the year however, due to stagnant sales in China where it missed the budget SUV craze. Toyota for its part is counterbalancing declining sales at home in Japan by ending a 3 year-expansion freeze, green lighting new factories in China and Mexico that will add 300,000 annual units of capacity.

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Full Year 2014: Total sales data now available for 144 countries

March 26th, 2015 No comments

Tehran IranIran is the best performing market in the Top 50 this year. Photo © Ricardo Fernandez

* See the Top 50 biggest car markets in the world by clicking on the title! *

Thanks to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), I can share with you the overall Full Year 2014 sales figures for 144 countries/markets in the world. Below the jump you will find the Top 50 biggest markets in the world, however please note – as it was the case last year – this ranking classifies countries based on their overall vehicle sales. That’s Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, including Light, Medium and Heavy ones, putting all countries on a level-playing field, as some countries traditionally report monthly PC car sales only and other overall sales. The files released by the OICA (and linked to below) also feature Passenger Cars only and Commercial Vehicles only figures so you can see the split.

Beijing ChinaChina hits 23.5 million units in 2014, an all-time record for any single country.

For the 5th consecutive year, worldwide new vehicle sales hit an all-time record: up 3.2% on 2013 to 88.164.642 units. Previous all-time bests were 75.06 million (in 2010), 78.20 million (2011), 82.20 million (2012) and 85.47 million (2013), keeping worldwide sales on track to hit 90 million in 2015 and 100 million in 2017 potentially. Already the dominant region in the world, Asia/Oceania/Middle East is getting closer to accounting for half of worldwide new vehicle sales thanks to sales are up 5.1% to reach 42.65 million or 48% of the worldwide marketplace. Africa is the 2nd most dynamic region with sales up 3.3% to 1.56 million, America is up 1.8% to 25.48 million (NAFTA up 6.1% contrasting Central & South America down a harsh 11.1%), and finally Europe is up just 0.8% to 18.48 million, the region’s first year of growth since 2011.

London UKThe UK is the fastest-growing market in the Top 10. Photo © Matthew Roberts

Looking into the ranking by country, China continues to reign supreme, exploring new heights for any single market in the history of automobile: thanks to sales up 7% (still a very dynamic growth rate despite a lot of pessimistic analysts), China hits 23.5 million units and is still on track to reach 25 million this year. The USA impress with +6% to 16.8 million units and should in all likelihood get back above 17 million units for the first time since 2006 this year. Japan increases by 3% in third place (5.56 million) but Brazil (-7%), India (-2%) and most strikingly Russia (-15%) all lose ground in the Top 10. The UK continues to show insolent health: it is the fastest-growing market in the Top 10 in 2014 at +10% to 2.84 million units.

Halong Bay VietnamVietnam new vehicle sales are up a fantastic 38% in 2014. Photo © Badz Manaois

Rounding up the Top 10 is Canada with a record 1.89 million units, but the most significant breakout in 2014 is the return to shape of Iran: back up a spectacular 60% year-on-year to 1.29 million sales at #13 vs. 0.8 million and #20 in 2013. The record to beat for Iran is 1.69 million units in 2011. Other notable improvements – following the ranking order – include South Korea (+12%), Spain (+20%), Saudi Arabia (+10% to a record 833,711 sales), Egypt (+18%), Philippines (+27%), Czech Republic (+16%), Portugal (+36%) and Vietnam (+38%). At the other end of the scale, a few countries fall flat in 2014: the hardest hit at the top is Ukraine (-55%) leaving the Top 50, followed by Argentina (-36%) and Thailand (-33%).

Previous year (All data): World Full Year 2013: Total sales now available for 143 countries

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Historical Data available for 100 markets

March 18th, 2015 3 comments

The Wartburg 353 was among the best-sellers in East Germany in the sixties.

Best Selling Cars Blog now covers detailed Historical Data for a round 100 markets.

Highlights include France since 1894Germany for each year since 1946UK for each year since 1965, Sweden since 1950Brazil since 1954 and Norway and Italy since 1956. The next batch of updates will include complete USA data all the way up to the 1920s, complete France data since 1950, and much more.

Below you will find direct links for you to explore all Historical Data available for the countries listed.

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

Algeria since 2004

Argentina since 1965

Australia since 1948

Austria since 1977

Bahrain since 2005

Belarus since 1970

Belgium since 1989

Bosnia & Herzegovina since 2008

Botswana since 1985

Brazil since 1954

The VW Beetle was #1 in Germany from 1946 to 1973.

Bulgaria since 1980

California (USA) since 2011

Canada since 1984

Chile since 2004

China since 1980

Colombia since 1990

Croatia since 2003

Cyprus since 2005

Czechoslovakia 1969-1993

Czech Republic since 1993

The Renault 4CV was #1 in France from 1949 to 1955

Denmark since 1992

Dominican Republic since 2005

Ecuador since 2006

Egypt since 2005

England (UK) since 2013

Estonia since 1970

Europe since 1972

Europe (Central & Eastern) since 2002

Finland since 1971

France since 1894

The Moskvitsh Elite was #6 in Finland in 1971

Germany since 1946

Greece since 1932

Gulf Cooperation Council since 2005

Hong Kong (China) since 2010

Hungary since 1998

Iceland since 2001

India since 1950

Indonesia since 1976

Ireland since 1974

The Hindustan Ambassador is likely to have been #1 in India from 1950 to 1984

Iran since 1967

Israel since 2005

Italy since 1956

Japan since 1969

Kazakhstan since 1970

Kenya since 1997

Kuwait since 2005

Latvia since 1970

Lithuania since 1970

Luxembourg since 2001

The Ford Model T was #1 in the US (and the world) potentially from 1910 to 1926

Macedonia (Rep of) since 2007

Malawi since 2013

Malaysia since 2000

Mauritius since 2011

Mexico since 2003

Moldova since 1970

Monaco since 2011

Morocco since 2004

Netherlands since 1982

New Caledonia (France) since 2003

The Saab 96 was #2 in Sweden from 1966 to 1970

New Zealand since 2000

Northern Ireland (UK) since 2011

Norway since 1956

Oman since 2005

Pakistan since 1995

Paraguay since 2011

Peru since 2005

Philippines since 1995

Poland since 1992

Portugal since 1989

The Lada 2101-3 was #1 car in USSR in the seventies

Puerto Rico (USA) since 1990

Qatar since 2005

Romania since 1969

Russia/USSR since 1970

Saudi Arabia since 2005

Scotland (UK) since 2008

Serbia since 2007

Singapore since 2006

Slovakia since 1993

Slovenia since 2003

The Chevrolet Chevette was the last Passenger Car to dominate the US ranking – in 1981.

South Africa since 1973

South Korea since 1997

Spain since 1973 

Sweden since 1950

Switzerland since 1970

Taiwan since 2005

Tanzania since 2009

Thailand since 2004

Tunisia since 2010

Turkey since 1993

The Austin Mini ranked within the UK Top 10 up until 1981

Uganda since 2013

UK since 1965

Ukraine since 1970

United Arab Emirates since 2005

Uruguay since 2010

USA since 1908

Venezuela since 1997

Vietnam since 2003

Wales (UK) since 2013

World since 1960

Zimbabwe since 1958

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World January 2015: Audi and Mercedes overtake BMW in luxury sales

February 11th, 2015 No comments

Audi S3 January 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comAudi S3

Audi and Mercedes managed a coup for the first month of 2015, both overtaking BMW, the traditional luxury sales leader, worldwide. Thanks to sales up 10% year-on-year, Audi takes the lead of luxury brands with 137,700 sales worldwide, followed by the Mercedes brand at 125,865 deliveries (up 14%) and BMW at 124,561 units (+6%).

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World Full Year 2014: Toyota still #1, BMW leads luxury sales

January 23rd, 2015 1 comment

Toyota Tundra TRD. Picture courtesy of autotrader.comToyota sold 10 million vehicle worldwide for the first time this year.

Toyota keeps worldwide crown

Toyota Motor Corp. remained the the world’s biggest automaker in 2014 with sales up 3% to break the 10 million vehicles mark for the first time in the carmaker’s history at 10.23 million units, including its Daihatsu minicar subsidiary and Hino truckmaking affiliate. This was just enough to keep the worldwide pole position ahead of German rival Volkswagen Group, up 3% to 10.15 million sales and also above 10 million annual vehicles for the first time in its history. This is also the first time any carmaker sells more than 10 million vehicles in a single year, and a third automaker nearly crossed that symbolic barrier this year: in third position like in 2013, General Motors Co. saw its volume rise 2% to 9.92 million vehicles.

VW Passat Germany December 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe new Passat will keep Volkswagen sales strong in Europe in 2015.

Toyota Motor Corp. thus keeps the lead for the third consecutive year after losing its crown in 2011 due to production constraints linked with the Asian natural disasters that year. General Motors previously held the worldwide pole position from 1931 to 2007, with Toyota taking over from 2008-2010. But Toyota’s lead may be at an end in 2015, with the Japanese giant forecasting sales to drop 1% to 10.15 million on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets. This should be sufficient for Volkswagen Group become the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer by the time 2015 comes to an end.

Chevrolet Colorado USA November 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comGeneral Motors stopped just short off selling 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2014.

The Volkswagen Group performance is all the more impressive when considering CEO Martin Winterkorn had been pursuing growth as part of a plan for the German automaker to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018, aiming at worldwide sales of 10 million units by then. VW is 4 full years ahead of schedule, such a rare performance in the chest-beating world of automobile.

World Full Year 2014 – manufacturers:

Pos Brand 2014 /13 2013 /12 2012
1 Toyota 10.23m 3% 9.98m 3% 9.69m
2 Volkswagen 10.14m 4% 9.73m 5% 9.27m
3 General Motors 9.92m 2% 9.71m 4% 9.34m

BMW M3 World 2014. Picture courtesy motortrend.comBMW has now been the world’s most popular luxury brand for 10 years in a row.

BMW still luxury leader in record year

In the luxury sales race, BMW outsold both Audi and Mercedes-Benz in December to round off a 10th year as global luxury car-sales champion but its two German rivals have reduced its advantage. Deliveries by BMW’s core brand jumped 10% on 2013 to a record 1.81 million units, helped by strong demand in China and the United States. BMW group sales including BMW, Rolls-Royce and Mini vehicles rose 8% to 2.11 million vehicles. Audi improved even faster with worldwide sales up 11% to 1.74 million cars, while Mercedes brand sales increased by yet another more dynamic 13% to 1.65 million units, with Daimler sales (including Smart) up 11% to 1.74 million cars.

Audi Prologue Concept. Picture courtesy motortrend.comAudi Prologue Concept

Some analysts said Analysts said BMW, Audi and Mercedes may keep growing sales further this year but pointed to signs of slowing momentum in North America and China. I disagree. These 3 carmakers are among the most prolific in terms of new product launches and some new or redesigned high sellers will keep the momentum going for all of them: the C-Class will reach cruise level, the A4 will be renewed and the 2 Series Active Tourer will be a hit in Europe.

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Full Year 2014 Reports: 93 markets now available

January 13th, 2015 No comments

2. Ford F-250 GallupThe Ford F-Series lodges its 33rd consecutive winning year in the US in 2014.

See last year’s Full Year 2013 Reports for 107 markets here

This article is the portal to all Full Year 2014 Reports, you can find below all updates already live. This list will be updated as new Reports get published.

World updates:

World Full Year 2014: Toyota still #1, BMW leads luxury sales

World Full Year 2014: Total sales data now available for 144 countries

Big 3 world markets:

China Full Year 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million sales

USA Full Year 2014: Podium 100% pickup trucks for the first time in 11 years

USA Full Year 2014: Exclusive rankings State by State now available

California (USA) Full Year 2014: Now with detailed data available

Europe Full Year 2014: Sales up for the first time in 7 years, Octavia and A3 in Top 10

Europe Full Year 2014: Discover the Top 360 All-models and All-brands

All other markets available in alphabetical order:

Algeria Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan stays #1 in market down 20%

Angola Full Year 2014: Suzuki and Hyundai on top

Argentina Full Year 2014: VW Gol new leader in market down 29%

Australia Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla holds onto top spot

Australia Full Year 2014: Discover the best-sellers State by State

Austria Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Hyundai i20 on podium

Bahrain Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser edges Prado out

Belarus Full Year 2014: VW Polo and Renault Sandero on top

Belgium Full Year 2014: VW Golf, BMW 3 Series and Renault Clio lead

Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Astra above VW Golf

Brazil Full Year 2014: Fiat Palio ends 19 years of VW Gol reign

Brunei Full Year 2014: Toyota stays on top

Bulgaria Full Year 2014: Dacia Dokker tops again, Skoda Octavia #2

Canada Full Year 2014: Ford F-Series and Ram Pickup break records

Chile Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads in market down 11%

Croatia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia back in charge

Cyprus Full Year 2014: Nissan Qashqai snaps last minute top spot

Czech Republic Full Year 2014: Skoda Rapid #2 in record market

Denmark Full Year 2014: VW Up leads in 4th straight record year

England (UK) Full Year 2014: Audi A3 even higher than in UK

Egypt Full Year 2014: Chevrolet TFR edges out Hyundai Verna

Estonia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia outsells Honda CR-V to #1

Finland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia overtakes VW Golf to pole position

France Full Year 2014: Renault Captur on podium

Germany Full Year 2014: VW Golf celebrates 39 years in top spot, Audi A3 shines

Germany Private Sales Full Year 2014: Mercedes C-Class up to #4

Greece Full Year 2014: Toyota Yaris resists Opel Corsa assault

Hong Kong (China) Full Year 2014: Toyota monopolises podium with Hiace, Noah & Crown

Hungary Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia #1, Opel Mokka at world best

India Full Year 2014: Datsun Go underwhelms in market back up

Indonesia Full Year 2014: Toyota Avanza resists Honda Mobilio assault

Iran Full Year 1393 (2014/2015): Peugeot Pars/405 topple Saipa Pride

Ireland Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Toyota Corolla up to #5

Israel Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Italy Full Year 2014: Podium 100% Fiat for the 2nd time in 15 years

Japan Full Year 2014: Kei cars surge, Daihatsu Tanto outsells Toyota Aqua

Japan Full Year 2014: Now with exclusive Top 189 All-local models

Kazakhstan Full Year 2014: Lada Granta catches up on Priora

Kenya Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 king of the savannah

Kuwait Full Year 2014: Toyota Prado dominates Hilux and Camry

Latvia Full Year 2014: Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai take the lead

Luxembourg Full Year 2014: VW #1, Renault jumps 16% to #2 overall

Malawi Full Year 2014: Toyota above 50%, Hilux on top

Malaysia Full Year 2014: Perodua leads in record year

Mauritius Full Year 2014: Toyota holds Nissan and Kia off

Mexico Full Year 2014: Chevrolet Aveo leads, VW Vento shines, Hyundai lands

Moldova Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan leads, Hyundai Santa Fe lands at #5

Monaco (brands) Full Year 2014: Mercedes #1, Porsche remains third

Monaco (models) Full Year 2014: Mini leads, Porsche 911 on podium

Morocco Full Year 2014: Dacia monopolises Top 4!

Myanmar Full Year 2014: Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hiace estimated best-sellers

Netherlands Full Year 2014: VW Golf #1 for third time ever

New Caledonia (France) Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger cements lead

New Zealand Full Year 2014: Ford Ranger ends 32 years of Toyota Hilux as #1 ute

Northern Ireland (UK) Full Year 2014: Renault Captur in Top 10

Norway Full Year 2014: Tesla Model S doubles sales to land in Top 5

Oman Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux resists Land Cruiser Pick-up assault

Pakistan Full Year 2014: New generation keeps Toyota Corolla #1

Paraguay Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux stays #1, Hyundai i10 on podium

Philippines Full Year 2014: Toyota leads in record market up 27%

Poland Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia reclaims top spot

Portugal Full Year 2014: Renault Clio resists VW Golf is market up 35%

Puerto Rico (USA) Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Mitsubishi Mirage #3

Qatar Full Year 2014: Toyota Land Cruiser leads, Nissan Patrol up 81%

Quebec (Canada) Full Year 2014: Honda Civic reclaims #1 spot off Hyundai Elantra

Republic of Macedonia Full Year 2014: VW Golf resists Skoda Rapid attack

Romania Full Year 2014: Dacia Logan celebrates one decade on top

Russia Full Year 2014: Lada Granta survives foreign push

Russia Full Year 2014: Now with the Top 434 All-models ranking

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Yaris in Top 5

Scotland (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Fiesta ends 6-year Vauxhall Corsa domination

Serbia Full Year 2014: Skoda Fabia overtakes Fiat 500L

Singapore Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla new best-seller

Slovakia Full Year 2014: Skoda Octavia holds off Fabia and Rapid for #1

Slovenia Full Year 2014: Renault Clio leads, Captur up to #5

South Africa Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Ford Ranger and Toyota Corolla shine

South Korea Full Year 2014: Hyundai Sonata reclaims leadership

Spain Full Year 2014: First ever year of reign for the Seat Leon

Sweden Full Year 2014: Volvo V70 celebrates 18 consecutive years on top

Switzerland Full Year 2014: VW Golf and Skoda Octavia ultra-dominant

Taiwan Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla leads, Luxgen shines

Tanzania Full Year 2014: Pickups and Toyota Hilux rule

Thailand Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris on podium

Turkey Full Year 2014: Renault Fluence edges Fiat Linea out

Uganda Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser lead

UK Full Year 2014: Market up 9% to highest level in a decade

UK Full Year 2014: Now with Top 365 All-models (BSCB Exclusive)

Ukraine Full Year 2014: Toyota and Geely on top, market down 54%

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux overtakes Prado

Uruguay Full Year 2014: Chevrolet leads, Suzuki up 50% to #2

Venezuela Full Year 2014: ZNA Rich leaps up to #1 in market down 76%

Vietnam Full Year 2014: Toyota Vios best-seller for the first time

Wales (UK) Full Year 2014: Ford Kuga leaps up to 5th place

Zimbabwe Full Year 2014: Isuzu KB should be the favourite

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World September 2014: Volkswagen catches up on Toyota for #1

October 30th, 2014 11 comments

VW Lavida China March 2013. Picture courtesy of bitautoThe Volkswagen Group is getting closer to Toyota thanks to its strength in China.

Bloomberg News announced today that the Volkswagen Group, boosted by strong sales in China and despite a marked slowdown in the US, is catching up with market Toyota Motor Corp. for the much coveted annual global crown. Relating Bloomberg’s calculations, Automotive News said VW Group’s deliveries through September, including the Porsche and Audi luxury divisions and MAN and Scania heavy-truck units, trailed Toyota’s by 72,000 vehicles compared with 227,000 a year earlier. Both Toyota and VW plan in excess of 10 million deliveries in 2014, and for now VW is up 5% year-on-year over the first 9 months of 2014 to 7.54 million cars and trucks vs. 7.62 million vehicles (+2.8%) for Toyota, including the Daihatsu minicar and Hino truck brands. The difference is roughly equivalent to the 72,499 light trucks that Toyota sold in the U.S. last month. VW doesn’t sell trucks there. In third place, General Motors gets distanced with a 2% increase to 7.37 million vehicles.

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World September 2014: Toyota sells 7 millionth hybrid vehicle

October 27th, 2014 1 comment

Toyota Prius 19977 million units later… (1997 Toyota Prius)

Toyota confirmed it sold its 7 millionth hybrid vehicle worldwide in September, 17 years after first launching the Prius in Japan in 1997. The total includes 3.3 million sold in Japan, 2.5 million in the United States, 770,000 in Europe and more than 67,000 in Australia. The latest one-million sales were achieved in record time – just nine months after Toyota (including Lexus) reached the six-million hybrid threshold in December last year, which doubled the three million total passed in February 2011.

Globally, Prius accounts for almost half the overall total with 3.36 million sales – making it the world’s best-selling hybrid vehicle. TMC estimates its hybrid vehicles have cut carbon-dioxide emissions by approximately 49 million tonnes and saved approximately 18 million kilo-litres of fuel compared with vehicles of similar size and driving performance using petrol-only engines. (Number of registered vehicles × distance travelled × fuel efficiency (actual fuel efficiency in each country) × CO2 conversion factor. Fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories.) Next year, Toyota will start selling its first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid vehicle in Japan, Europe and the United States.

See Toyota’s hybrid vehicle chronology below.

Read more…

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World September 2014: Mercedes > Audi, posts best-ever month

October 27th, 2014 4 comments

Mercedes C Class World September 2014Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes brand sold 162,746 vehicles worldwide in September, the best-ever month in its 88-year history and a 14 percent year-on-year increase. This enables Mercedes to pass Audi and rank #2 premium brand in the world below BMW for the month of September. Even though Audi sales are up 6% to 159,950 units, it wasn’t enough to resist Mercedes’ progression. Whereas Mercedes is benefitting from strong sales of its redesigned A, C, E and S Class as well as a great start for the GLA and CLA models, Audi has pushed its planned overhauls of the A4 and Q7 into 2015.

Audi A3 USA August 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe A3 Sedan is enjoying a good start in the USA.

Audi has been the world’s No.2 premium automaker since 2011 when it overtook Mercedes, however its lead over the the Daimler division has thawed from 118,110 units a year ago to 103,494 in 2014. Automotive News Europe quoted Frankfurt-based Commerzbank analyst Sascha Gommel as saying “Mercedes will catch up further with BMW and Audi in coming months, they simply got the freshest product lineup.” Audi has a goal of boosting full-year sales to above 1.7 million vehicles from last year’s record 1.58 million, relying on momentum in China and Europe where it leads the premium segment, while Mercedes is simply targeting brand deliveries above last year’s record 1.46 million cars. Both brands are vying to snatch the global luxury-sales crown from BMW by the end of the decade.

BMW i8 Germany July 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comBMW has sold over 10,000 “i” models worldwide, including 341 i8 (above)

September saw worldwide sales of BMW branded vehicles grow by 6.1% to a total of 167,584 vehicles, lifting the year-to-date total to 1.319.492 sales, up an excellent 9.1% on the same period last year. Good news: BMW graciously made available global sales by model for the first 9 months of 2014. The BMW 2 Series Convertible & Coupé total 19,941 sales, the BMW 3 Series is up 3.7% to 349,930 units, an incredible result given the arrival of the 4 Series at 81,876 sales. The 5 Series is up 2.8% to 278,479 sales and the X5 is up 34.2% to 104,997 units thanks to the new generation. Finally, a significant milestone: BMW i range sales now total 10,540 for the year to date with 10,199 BMW i3s and 341 BMW i8s sold. Note the i8 is sold out through the end of 2014 in the USA. Source: Manufacturers, Automotive News

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World September 2014: Global car market up 4.7%

October 27th, 2014 No comments

Beijing Traffic JamAlbeit at a slower rate, China is still the main engine of growth in the automotive market in 2014.

Based on data published by POLK, global passenger car sales are up 4.7% year-on-year in September to 6.927.151 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to a record 59.242.409 units, up 4.6% on 2014. Asia, Northern American and Western Europe more than made up for sharp losses in Eastern Europe and Latin America: sales in the Asia/Pacific region are up 6.3%, with China (albeit at a slower growth rate) compensating for a decrease in Japan, while sales in the NAFTA region are up 5%. In Latin America, the new car market is down 6.5% in September and 8.7% YTD, with Argentina and Brazil down sharply. Western Europe is up 6.4% in September and 5.2% YTD, whereas Eastern Europe posted a 8.6% decline due to the civil war in Ukraine and anctions imposed on Russia, bringing the year-to-date total down 9.4%.

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Projections for the Full Year 2014 at Polk stand at a record 78.3 million units, which would be a 3.8% improvement over 2013. New registrations in the Asia/Pacific region are expected to increase by 6.9% in 2014. In China alone, sales in the current year will be up around 1.8 million units from the year before. New registrations in the NAFTA region are expected to continue to climb to about 19.2 million units (up 5.4%). Sales in the Latin American markets, on the other hand, will fall to about 5.4 million units (-9.2%) and will be down in Eastern Europe as well (-9.6%). Passenger vehicle demand in Western Europe, on the other hand, will be up once again in 2014 (up 4.6%).

All-in-all, continued growth in Asia and the NAFTA region, as well as the progressing recovery in Western Europe, will push global passenger vehicle sales over the 80 million-unit mark for the first time in 2015. Note this is passenger cars only, and this data does not include sales of commercial vehicles, light medium or heavy. Source: POLK via SMMT

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