In some ways, the 0.4% growth in sales in October brought more of the same in the US market – a month where sales fell, relative to the same period in 2017, has been followed by a month where sales increased. However, this continuing trend masks a shift in the market’s fortunes that has occurred over the course of 2018 – while in the first half [Read more…]
The Ford Focus has had a curious evolution – after the revolutionary first car it seems that with every subsequent generation Ford has tried to make the model more appealing to mainstream buyers. What this meant in practice was partly comfier suspension tuning and a high-quality cabin, both welcome developments, but also a stylistic [Read more…]
After looking at September sales by brand, let us now look at how individual models performed.
NOTE: In an effort to make the monthly model tables as informative as possible, we will continue to update them over the next few months. As such, let us know what you think of the new table, and suggest any way you think the tables could be improved further. [Read more…]
After what seems like years of concepts, spy shots and teasers, the new BMW X7 has finally been revealed in all its glory. We consider whether it has what it takes to succeed in the market, or whether it will simply lure buyers away from the X5. As always, we’re most interested in what you think, so sound off in the poll and the comments section! [Read more…]
Another month, another swing of the market. After the wild see-saw of earlier in 2018 seemed to stabilize when the market grew healthily in both May and June by an average of 5%, the market then swung back by 3.7% in July, and only recovered weakly in August. Still, that would have been preferable to the market’s performance in September, [Read more…]
In an effort to add even more information to the data we publish each month, as well as to accelerate the time-to-market of the information, we have revamped our monthly sales table. The aim is streamline the Highlights section to focus on just the very top take-aways, while the new Notes section of the table helps pull out interesting monthly trends [Read more…]
Only days before the official debut pictures of the new BMW 3-series have leaked onto the internet: delighting some, disappointing others, and leading most of us to re-adjust our glasses to make sure it’s indeed the new model that we’re lookin at.
After see-sawing for most of the year, the market delivered a surprisingly stable performance in August, with sales up by 1.0%. However, because of the serious sales decline in July, the YTD growth is still just 1.4%, meaning that it’s far from guaranteed that 2018 will end up being a better year than 2017. Despite a lot of dynamism
Sales of passenger cars in Europe increased by 7,5% in July 2018, the second largest increase of the year so far, also helped by an extra selling day compared with July 2017. A total of nearly 1,28 million vehicles were sold during this month. The major EU markets showed very diverse results, with Spain (+19,1%) and France (+18,5%) showing the biggest growth of the top 5 markets. Germany also showed healthy growth at +12% while car sales in Italy were up 4,4% and the UK was up 1,2%. Lithuania is the fastest growing market with an increase of 56,4%, followed by Croatia (+43,7%) Romania (+34,2%), Portugal (+26,1%), and Poland (+25,7%).
Segment returns to growth thanks to strong double-digit growth from the GMC twins
Sales in the US Large Pickup segment rose by 2.9% to 1,152,758 in the first half of 2018, as the segment posted a 6.1% sales growth in the second quarter to recover from a mild decline in Q1’18. With the new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and RAM Pickup only beginning to spread their wings, the chances look good that this [Read more…]