A new year is always a nice opportunity to reflect on the past year and in our case, that means looking at which cars have sold disappointingly slow in 2015 and which do we expect to disappoint in 2016. We’ll also look at which cars or brands have surprised from a sales volume point of view in a separate article.
Archives for December 2015
A new year is always a nice opportunity to reflect on the past year and in our case, that means looking at which cars have sold surprisingly well in 2015 and which do we expect to surprise in 2016. We’ll also look at which cars or brands have disappointed from a sales volume point of view in a separate article.
Which cars sold surprisingly well in 2015:
Sales in the Sports Large segment shrank by 7% in Q3 2015, pulling the segment into the red after a period of positive growth in the first half of the year. [Read more…]
The Small Premium Sports segment shrank by 10% in the third quarter of 2015, a slightly better performance than in the first half of the year, when the sales were down 20%. [Read more…]
The Sports Small segment grew by 13% in Q3 2015, just a bit slower than the 14% growth rate it managed in the first half of the year. [Read more…]
After discussing the European car brands sales for November 2015, let’s zoom in on which models stood out of the crowd last month. For the fifth time this year and the second time in a row, Volkswagen monopolizes the top-2 positions with the Golf and the Polo. In fact, the entire top-6 is exactly the same as in October. The Polo’s good run won’t be enough for the Polo to take the #2 spot over the full year, because the Ford Fiesta has enjoyed exceptionally strong months in March and September on its UK volume. It looks like the top-10 positions are cemented for the full-year ranking, there’s just a small chance the Passat may have such a strong December to leapfrog the Peugeot 208 for 8th place.
The Audi A3 outsells the Ford Focus to take 11th place and the all-new Opel/Vauxhall Astra is just one spot and less than 250 units behind the Focus. After a short hiccup in October, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (#18) is back well ahead of the BMW 3-series in 23rd place, while the Audi A4 is down to #45 as it is changing to the new generation. In fact, the A4 is even outsold by the Audi A6 (#40) for the first time since February 2012. The A6 benefits from the upcoming model changes for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class (#56) and BMW 5-series (#59). [Read more…]
Car sales in Europe got a significant boost in November, up 13,25% to 1.116.838 sales, the second-best improvement this year. That pulls up the year-to-date total to 12.967.470, which is an improvement of 8,36% on 2014. This means we’re still on track to cross the 14 million unit barrier this year. To hit that threshold, December sales need to improve by only 3,7% and we’ve been below that figure only three months this year.
After a short hiatus in October, Volkswagen Group and Renault-Nissan are back as the biggest gaining manufacturers in November, this time joined by Ford Motor Company in third place. The only manufacturer to lose volume this month is DRB-Hicom with the Lotus sports car brand, down a mere 12 units after more than doubling in October. Tesla Motors continues its winning spell, followed by Mahindra&Mahindra thanks to its SSangYong brand, and Tata Motors thanks to both Jaguar and Land Rover increasing more than 70%. [Read more…]
Sales in the Exotic segment fell by 13% in the third quarter of the year, on the surface a dramatic reversal of fortunes for a segment in which sales were up 5% in the first half of the year. However, upon clearer inspection this fall is driven mostly by a 17% drop in sales for the Maserati brand, whose models account for well over half of sales in the segment. [Read more…]
In our series of car cultures around the world/international street scenes, after Morocco, Africa and Monaco, Europe we’re going to yet another entirely different car culture: that of Japan. And the streets of Japan are filled with models you won’t find anywhere else, it’s an entirely different sight from the rest of the world.
For starters, there are the dozens of “Kei” cars and trucks. These are tiny cars that get certain tax benefits in Japan, but are limited in size, engine displacement and power: 3,4 meters in length (11.2 ft) and no more than 1,48 meters wide (4.9 ft), with an engine of 660 cc pumping out 47 kW (64 hp) max. More than 40% of the new cars sold in Japan falls within these limits, which calculates to more than 2 million Kei cars a year, which is more than all the cars sold in France in a year. Some of these vehicles have been exported to Europe and other countries, although they mostly featured larger engines for export markets. The only foreign manufacturer to ever have sold a Kei car in Japan was Smart, which in the early 2000’s made a special version of its Fortwo to fall within these limits, but it sold poorly. [Read more…]
Sales in the Alternative Power segment continued falling in Q3 2015 at 17% compared to the same period last year, even faster than the 12% fall in the first half of the year. It is clear that low gas prices are bad news for this segment… [Read more…]