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USA Coast to Coast 2014: Palm Springs, California

November 28th, 2014 No comments

1. Albert Palm Springs 1Albert in Palm Springs CA

After surviving Death Valley we now arrive at our last stop before reaching the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles: Palm Springs California, the mid-century architecture mecca of the world. I give you the Photo Report for now, full commentary will follow shortly. Don’t forget to click on any picture to enlarge!

2. Ford Thunderbird Palm SpringsThe Ford Thunderbird is the Hero in Town in Palm Springs CA

3. Palm SpringsCasa Blanca Motel in Palm Springs CA

4. Albert Palm Springs 2Albert in Palm Springs CA

5. Palm Springs House 1Palm Springs house

6. Dodge Challenger Palm SpringsDodge Challenger in Palm Springs CA

7. Nissan Versa Palm SpringsNissan Versa and Chrysler 200 in Palm Springs CA

8. Albert Kaufmann House Palm SpringsAlbert reverse parking into the world-famous Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs CA

8b. Albert Palm Springs Car Wash 1How much more perfect can this picture be?

9. Bank of America Palm Springs1959 Bank of America building in Palm Springs CA

10. Nissan Sentra Palm SpringsNissan Sentra in Palm Springs CA

11. Hyundai Elantra Palm SpringsHyundai Elantra in Palm Springs CA

12. Albert Palm Springs 5Albert in front of the old Tramway Gas Station, now Visitor Center in Palm Springs CA

13. Orbit Inn HotelOrbit Inn hotel in Palm Springs CA

14. Ford F-150 Palm SpringsFord F-150 in Palm Springs CA

15. Albert Palm Springs 6Albert in Palm Springs CA

The full Photo Report (28 pictures) continues below.

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USA Exclusive: Ford shares F-Series production mix for 2014

November 27th, 2014 1 comment

2. Ford F-250 GallupFord F-250 in Gallup New Mexico

* See the 2014 F-150 and Super Duty monthly production figures by clicking on the title *

Exclusive data communicated by Ford Motor Corporation USA shows for the first time the production mix for the F-Series nameplate, namely separating the F-150 full-size pickup from the Super Duty variants (F-250 and up). During my ongoing USA Coast to Coast 2014 series, I have repeatedly pointed out the surprising strength of the F-250 and F-350 in some towns like Savannah for example. JATO Dynamics state by state data has confirmed these observations, with the Ford F-250 Super Duty even finding its way among the 5 best-selling nameplates in Texas (#5), Oklahoma (#4) and New Mexico (#5).

Ford F250 Oklahoma CityFord F-250 in Oklahoma City OK

Ford does not communicate the F-Series sales mix. Why? Because doing so could cost the nameplate the overall U.S. sales crown it has held for the past 32 consecutive years. So far this year at end October, a total of 783.583 F-Series pickup trucks have been spit out of Ford factories. 67.5% of them (528.958) were F-150, the rest or 32.5% (254.626) were Super Duty pickups: the F-250 and up. This production mix is higher for the Super Duty variants than I had expected and confirms the exceptional strength of higher variants at the moment, a trend that should continue on the way up partly because of a once-in-a-lifetime surge in heavy duty pickup sales triggered by the fracking boom the country is experiencing at the moment. (see STRATEGY How US fracking is boosting heavy duty pickup sales)

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 USA October 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comBig deal – The Chevrolet Silverado could actually be the best-selling nameplate in the country…

Production data is always a good indication of sales for US pickup trucks as these are sold almost exclusively in North America. Indeed YTD F-Series sales across USA+Canada come to 727,059 units, logically under the production figure as most of 2014 was spent in over capacity for the outgoing F-150 to prepare for the successive idling of both F-150 factories to upgrade tooling for the aluminium 2015 model. Things start to get interesting if we zoom in on U.S. sales figures where the F-Series totals 620,447 units vs. 429,119 for the Silverado. Applying the 67.5% production ratio to estimate F-150 U.S. sales gives us a total of 418,802 units, actually below the Silverado.

There are a few asterisks to this though. Firstly, the F-Series overall production mix may not be applicable exactly as is to U.S. sales. Secondly, you can argue the Silverado is also divided into full-size (1500) and super duty (2500 and above) pickups and would therefore need to split their sales as well to be ‘fair’. I say the F-150 may in fact not be the best-selling nameplate in the country, especially given that with the 2015 model now in dealerships, differences with the Super Duty F-250 variants and above are much more significant than between Silverado 1500 and Super Duty 2500 and above. It’s actually not the same vehicle at all anymore.

Ford F150 USA September 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comUntil the 2015 F-150 reclaims its crown?

Another element brought to light by Ford’s production figures is the idling of the Dearborn Truck Plant for almost two months. This was no joke: production stopped (zero units produced) in September and only ramped up to 2,688 in October. Meanwhile the Kansas City plant continued to spit out F-150 unhinged but will now be idled to allow conversion for the 2015 model. The first ‘consumer’ version of the 2015 F-150 pickup came out of the Dearborn production line on November 11. (see USA November 2014: 2015 F-150 production debuts) As a result, and this is of course a one-off event due to the transition between the 2014 and 2015 F-150, production of Super Duty variants came dangerously close to the F-150 both in September (28,587 vs. 29,685) and October (29,783 vs. 33,219). Note the Super Duty hit its strongest two production months of the year then.

Ford making more Super Duty F-Series to smooth out the transition to the new F-150? Makes sense.

2014 Monthly production data for F-150 and Super Duty by plant below.

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STRATEGY: How fracking is boosting US heavy duty pickup sales

November 27th, 2014 No comments

Chevrolet Silverado 3500 USA October 2014Chevrolet Silverado 3500

A recent article published on the U.S. version of Automotive News brings to light a fascinating recent development on the new heavy duty pickup market. An ongoing explosion of domestic energy production — primarily from a highly controversial extraction process commonly called fracking — is transforming rural communities across North America. Local farmers and landowners can lease the mineral rights to their property for one-time payments of $4,000 an acre or more. More money — much more, in the form of residual payments — is expected in the coming decades. Result: both the companies involved in fracking in these areas and the newly cashed-up local landowners are rushing to car dealerships to buy heavy duty pickups at an unprecedented rate.

Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn USA October 2014Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn

This has prompted Automotive News to declare: “Considering the staggering number of heavy-duty pickups sold in fracking areas, neither factories nor dealers can afford to miss this opportunity. If automakers want to take full advantage, they should precede energy exploration companies into areas where shale plays are happening to make sure their rural dealerships are also up to speed.”

Marietta OH locationMarietta OH

Autonews reporters visited Marietta OH and this is what they saw: “Until 2013, median household income here trailed the nation’s average by more than one-third at $33,445. Yet for more than a year, fracking has sent gushers of cash into the community. Here hotels are full. Restaurants are booming. The city’s median household income shot up more than 20%  in one year to a 2013 estimate of $40,286, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At Marietta’s auto dealerships, the increase in business has been immediate and dramatic. “Three months ago, we couldn’t get them financed on a $5,000 car,” Marietta dealer Jim Cobb says of one of his recent Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram customers. “Suddenly, they come in and buy a $60,000 truck and pay you cash for it.”

Ford F-350 Super Duty USA October 2014Ford F-350 Super Duty

Autonews continues: “Before long, according to government estimates, these same changes will come to vast swaths of the continental United States and Canada. Appalachia, the Great Lakes basin, the mid-Atlantic, the Gulf Coast, the central plains, Texas — all are home to shale deposits thought to contain extractable oil and natural gas. It is a boom — with all the good and bad the term entails — that also has hit West Virginia, Colorado, North Dakota and elsewhere. And while fracking’s short- and long-term environmental impact on vital resources such as groundwater remain under intense debate, there is no doubt its economic impact is changing the fortunes of auto dealers as well as their customers.

“It’s kind of a heartwarming scene when you’ve got somebody that’s never bought a new vehicle in their life, and all of a sudden they’ve got a million dollars,” says Jeff Summers, who holds the Buick-GMC franchises in Marietta. “It’s kind of nice to be able to deliver them a brand-new truck, and that’s the first new vehicle that they’ve ever owned.”

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Categories: STRATEGY, USA

South Africa October 2014: Datsun Go almost in Top 20

November 27th, 2014 1 comment

Datsun Go South Africa October 2014Datsun Go

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 35 best-selling carmakers and Top 100 models *

For the second month in a row, new car sales in South Africa buck the overall economic trend in the country, gaining 5% year-on-year to 59,262 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 542,048 units, now down just 1% on 2013. The market is lifted by light commercial vehicles (read pickup trucks) up 14% year-on-year vs. just 2% for passenger cars. The VW Polo Vivo resists in pole position thanks to 3,491 sales or 70 more than the Toyota Hilux, that is however not enough to topple the Hilux from its YTD pedestal at 31,322 units vs. 28,830 for the Polo Vivo. The Ford Ranger brilliantly holds onto the third spot thanks to 3,045 sales and 5.1% share, while the Mercedes C-Class is up a further two spot on September to a splendid 6th place at 1,789 units and 3% and the Renault Sandero continues to progress at #14 and 1.5%.

Mercedes C Class South Africa October 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Mercedes C-Class is up to #6 this month.

But the big event this month in South Africa is the Datsun Go up 95 spots for its first full month of sales in the country to a world-best #21 with 583 sales and 1% market share. Its previous best was #22 hit last April in India, where it has since receded to outside the Top 40. Let’s not read too much yet into this early success as South African sales charts can tend to be front-loaded for new models, but this is surely a good sign. It is however not (yet?) the best ranking reached by a Datsun model since the brand has been relaunched earlier this year, this honour goes to the Datsun Go+ MPV up to #11 in Indonesia last September.

Previous month: South Africa September 2014: Mercedes GLA and CLA both in Top 50

One year ago: South Africa October 2013: Mercedes CLA at world-best!

Full October 2014 Top 35 carmakers and Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: South Africa

Turkey October 2014: Renault Clio and Fluence on top

November 26th, 2014 No comments

Renault Clio Turkey October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Renault Clio is the best-selling vehicle in Turkey this month.

* See the Top 44 All-brands and Top 253 All-models by clicking on the title *

Thanks to Yarım Debriyaj for this data.

Turkish new car sales are perking back up at a vigorous +15% year-on-year in October to 66,573 registrations, in contrast with a year-to-date total still down 16% on 2013 to 540,071 units. It’s the Light Commercial Vehicles that lift the market up at +43% to 15,759 deliveries, while Passenger Cars are up a more modest 8% to 50,814 sales. Brand-wise, Volkswagen keeps the lead in spite of sales down 1% to 13.7% share vs. 14.9% YTD. Renault is up 24% to 13.1% share and places the two models it produces in Turkey in its Bursa assembly plant the Clio (4.1%) and Fluence (4%) atop the models ranking and above the YTD leader, the Fiat Linea. Ford and Fiat both hold 10.5% of the Turkish market while Hyundai rounds up the Top 5 at 6.4%. Notice also BMW more than doubling its sales year-on-year at +122%, Mercedes up 66%, Dacia up 43% and Skoda up 75%.

Hyundai i20 Turkey October 2014. Picture courtesy of automagg.comHyundai i20

Outside the models sales charts podium, the Toyota Corolla is faithful to its 4th position, the Ford Courier LCV lodges a second month at #6 vs. #15 YTD, the locally-produced Hyundai i20 Troy is starting to feel the effects of the generation changeover (runout price of the outgoing model mixed with delivery of the first dealer vehicles), up to #7 vs. #11 YTD, the VW Golf is up to #9 vs. #14 YTD, the BMW 3 Series up to #16 and the Mercedes C-Class up to #28. Further down, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 10 spots on September to #84 and the Jeep Renegade lands directly inside the Turkish Top 100 for its very first month of sales at #90 and 156 units, already and by far the brand’s best-seller in the country with 59% of the Jeep brand’s October sales!

Previous month: Turkey September 2014: Fiat Linea and Ford Transit in control

One year ago: Turkey October 2013: VW Jetta shoots up to top spot

Full October 2014 Top 44 All-brands and Top 253 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Turkey

Bulgaria October 2014: Skoda Octavia shines, Dokker #1 YTD

November 25th, 2014 No comments

Skoda Octavia Bulgaria October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Skoda Octavia is the most popular vehicle in Bulgaria in October. Or is it?

* See the Top 30 best-selling brands and Top 175 models by clicking on the title. Thanks Kaloyan *

An estimated 2.177 new cars found a buyer in October in Bulgaria, up 3% on October 2013 and bringing the year-to-date total to 21.435 units, up 8% on 2013. Bulgaria sales figures however are skewed by re-exports to other European Union countries, with a large portion of new car sales in the country never making it to local roads – as much as 30% – thanks to Bulgaria displaying some of the lowest car prices in the EU. See here for more on this phenomenon. So the best-sellers in the monthly rankings are only hypothetical. Toyota becomes the #1 brand in October thanks to a round 10% with Dacia, Renault (both at 9.6%), Skoda (9%) and Volkswagen (8.8%) following. The Skoda Octavia jumps to pole position thanks to 113 units sold for a 5.2% market share, however the Dacia Dokker – down to #2 in October – remains the best-seller YTD ahead of the Nissan Qashqai. The Renault Captur (#4 in October) is now only 5 units below the Clio YTD. Notice also the Toyota Corolla up to #6, the Peugeot Boxer up to #7 and Renault Master up to #13, as well as the Lexus NX landing directly in 50th place with 14 sales.

Previous month: Bulgaria September 2014: Dacia Dokker and Duster on top

One year ago: Bulgaria October 2013: Nissan Qashqai #1, Dacia Dokker leads year-to-date

Full October 2014 Top 30 brands and Top 175 models Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Bulgaria

China LCV October 2014: Wuling Light Truck teases Rongguang

November 25th, 2014 No comments

10. Wuling Light TruckWuling Light Truck in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur – April 2014

* See the Top 55 local models by clicking on the title *

Thanks to LMC Automotive I can share with you today the Top 10 best-selling LCVs in China for October. This segment is one of the main culprits of the cooling off of the overall Chinese vehicle market in October, with sales of microvans down a very harsh 33% year-on-year while commercial trucks and buses are down 15%. The reason: a change in emission laws for commercial vehicles that has upped their retail price and delayed purchased from merchants. As a result the Wuling Rongguang is down to #8 overall vs. #4 YTD and is now threatened by its pickup variant the Wuling Light Truck at #9 and 24.598 sales vs. 24.910, the latter seemingly the only microLCV to survive the slaughtering this month. The Foton Forland ranks at a weak #20 vs. #13 YTD, the Chana Minibus is #30 vs. #11 and the Wuling Sunshine is standing on the brakes: down to #32 with a mere 13.039 sales vs. #5 YTD and a monthly average of 27.550 units so far this year. Talk about a fall of grace.

Previous China YTD post: China 10 months 2014: Discover the Top 379 models ranking

Previous China all-new models post: China October 2014: Focus on the all-new models

Previous China monthly post: China October 2014: Baojun 730 up to 6th place

Previous month: China 9 months 2014: Discover the Top 370 models ranking

One year ago: China October 2013: Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Haval H6 & Emgrand EC7 hit records

Full October 2014 Top 55 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: China

Latvia October 2014: Suzuki Jimny lands on top

November 25th, 2014 No comments

Suzuki Jimny Latvia October 2014. Picture courtesy instacarmodels.comThe Suzuki Jimny is the surprise Latvian October market leader.

* See the Top 30 All-brands and Top 75 models by clicking on the title *

First month of year-on-year decline for new light vehicle sales in Latvia, down 2% in October to 1,401 registrations. However the year-to-date total is still up by a flamboyant 17% to 12,473 units. Given its small size and the unofficial strength of re-exports inside the European Union, the Latvian brands and, particularly, models sales charts are very dependent on one-off promotions and special orders, and therefore always very volatile. October is a case in point with the Suzuki Jimny selling 117 units for a 8.4% market share whereas it had sold 4 units so far this year before October… The October Jimny score accounts for 91% of the Suzuki brand sales and 65% of the brand’s 2014 sales so far, single-handedly lifting it up to #3 manufacturer in October with 128 units and 9.1% vs. #28 in September and #21 year-to-date (181 sales and 1.5%). Local car registration body Autoassociation.lv has confirmed the totality of these Jimny sales has gone to re-export and none of them in fact hit Latvian roads…

BMW X5 Latvia October 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe BMW X5 is up to #12 this month in Latvia.

In other news, Volkswagen is particularly strong this month at 19.3% market share vs. 17.4% YTD, double the #2 Toyota a little weak at 9.5% vs. 12.1% YTD. Skoda (7.4%) is knocked down to #4 by Suzuki while Renault is up one spot to #5 and Nissan down one to #6. Model-wise, below the Jimny the VW Golf and Nissan Qashqai are both up one rank on September to #2 and #3 respectively, also their YTD rankings, the VW Passat is up two to #4, the Skoda Yeti down 3 to #5 but still leader YTD by far, the Renault Scénic up from outside the September Top 75 directly to #7 vs. #24 YTD, the VW Up up to #9 vs. #47 and the BMW X5 up to #12 vs. #38.

Previous post: Latvia: Dartz Prombron Black Shark to be produced at 10 units

Previous month: Latvia September 2014: Ford Focus sovereign

Previous year: Latvia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

Full October 2014 Top 30 All-brands and Top 75 models Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: Latvia

Malaysia October 2014: Axia lifts Perodua up to 32.6% share

November 24th, 2014 No comments

Perodua Axia Malaysia October 2014. Pictre courtesy of cbt.com.myPerodua Axia

* See the Top 46 All-brands ranking by clicking on the title *

New car sales in Malaysia are down 2% year-on-year in October to 54,187 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 546,492 units, now up a very feeble 0.5% to a record 546,492 units after 10 months. Perodua shoots up to 32.6% share thanks to 17,683 sales, for the first time more than doubling its local competitor’s score: Proton is down to 15% share this month. Although there is still no official models data for Malaysia as the MyCC (Malaysian Competition Commission) prevents transparency in the industry by making it illegal for companies to share their model sales data as it believes this will cause prices to go up, this shift is most likely due to the large number of deliveries of the new Perodua Axia.

As at September 25, the company reported it had 20,000 bookings and more continued to be received daily. Proton had also launched the new Iriz but it is likely that deliveries had not commenced yet. According to local publication Motortrader, during this quarter the industry is expecting very challenging times, making another record year unlikely. The strict requirements in the Hire-Purchase (H-P) loan process slows down transactions, mainly affecting the lower end of the market which accounts for a large share. This strict policy, directed by Bank Negara, is expected to remain in force because of the need to prevent an excessively high number of defaulters and also to try to control growing household debt in the country.

Previous month: Malaysia September 2014: Honda and Nissan strong

One year ago: Malaysia October 2014: Market up 6%, still on track for record year

Full October 2014 Top 46 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Malaysia

France 1-12 November 2014: Volkswagen above Renault

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

VW Polo France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe VW Polo is only 22 sales below the Renault Clio IV so far this month in France.

* See the Top 10 best-selling brands and models by clicking on the title *

Still no sign of improvement for the French new car market whereas the rest of Europe is taking off: sales are down 7% year-on-year over the first 12 days of November, with local manufacturers hit the hardest: they only account for 40% of the overall market. Peugeot is down 6%, Citroen down 15% and Renault down 21% to fall below Volkswagen at 3,430 sales vs. 3,570. However intermediary rankings such as this one are always to be taken with a grain of salt as they are heavily influenced by promotions and specific manufacturers policies about front or back-loading their sales during the month. Typically Volkswagen front-loads and Renault back-loads, and there is no way the German carmaker will stay above Renault by the time November comes to an end. An interesting state of affairs nevertheless.

Toyota Yaris France November 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe locally-produced Toyota Yaris is among France’s 10 most popular nameplates.

In spite of an overall downward trend, Dacia is still up an insolent 30% on the same period last year to 2,020 sales, Toyota is up 3%, Nissan up 10%, Opel up 20% and BMW up 3% to make a rare appearance in the Top 10. Model-wise, the Peugeot 208 for once doesn’t lose ground on a year ago, leading the pack for now but with a very slim 11 unit-advantage over its big sis the Peugeot 308, up a fantastic 86% YOY. Leader last year, the Citroen C3 tumbles down 38% to #3, still ahead of the Renault Clio which outsells the VW Polo by just 22 units! Dacia places the Sandero (-1%) at #7 and the Duster (+165%) at #9 while the Toyota Yaris (+8%) makes a remarkable comeback inside the French Top 10 at #8.

Previous month: France October 2014: Now with the Top 300 models and All-brands

Previous weekly post: France 1-22 October 2014: Citroen C3 up to 2nd place

One year ago: France 1-11 November 2013: Citroen C3 on top

Full 1-12 November 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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Categories: France