Archives for August 2016

US sales first half 2016 Large Sports segment

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Sales in the Large Sports segment in the US fell by 14% in Q2 of 2016 to 13,668 vehicles, leading to a 16% drop in sales year-to-date.  Every model lost volume in the first half of 2016, except for the Mercedes-AMG GT which was introduced during this period last year. In Q2, the facelifted Porsche 911 and the all-new Audi R8 gained volume, but not yet enough to offset their first quarter losses. These two models will finish the first three quarters and the whole year in positive territory, and so will the newcomer Acura NSX, naturally. However, that is unlikely to be enough to compensate for the drop-off in sales for the one model that sells more than the rest of the cars in the segment combined: the Chevrolet Corvette.

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US sales first half 2016 Small Premium Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Premium Sports segment in the US rose by 18.4% in Q2 of 2016 for a first half increase of 11.4% to 7,435 vehicles. This is the exact opposite of the mainstream Small Sports Car segment, where sales plummeted 15% in Q2. The segment leader Mercedes-Benz SLK, in the process of being facelifted and simultaneously renamed SLC loses its pole position to the Porsche Cayman, and barely manages to stay ahead of the new generation Audi TT.

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US sales first half 2016 Small Sports segment

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Sales in the Small Sports segment in the US declined by 7% in the first half of 2016 to 172,040 vehicles. After showing a 3% growth in Q1, sales in the segment plunged by 15% in Q2. Shock and horror in the model ranking: the Chevrolet Camaro, leader of the American Muscle cars from 2010 till 2014 before relegating that title to the new generation Ford Mustang, has been outsold in Q2 of 2016 by the Dodge Challenger for the first time since the launch of the fifth generation Camaro in 2009. The Challenger, whose current third generation was launched in 2008 has edged out the Camaro in two separate months before (March and October 2015, each time by less than 160 sales), but in the second quarter the Challenger beat its rival in both May and June for a total advantage of 1,360 sales, giving it a Q2 advangate of 315 sales. The Camaro had built enough of an advantage in the first four months to stay ahead for the first half, but Dodge has smelt blood and the battle is on for second place in the segment.

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US sales: July 2016, brands

Jaguar lineupUS car sales were 1,520,940 in July, up a mere 0.5 percent compared to July 2015. However, while this may seem like only a slow growth rate, it translates into SAAR of 17.86 million, much higher than last month (16.68 million), and higher than this time last year (17.58 million). This good performance is due to two factors: continuing high demand for crossovers and pick-ups, as well as manufacturers expanding their incentive schemes.
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US sales 2016 first half Premium Large SUV segment

US Premium SUV Large 2Sales of Premium Large SUVs in the US rose by 10 percent in the second quarter of 2016, exactly the same rate of growth as in the first quarter. What is impressive is that for all the trend in downsizing, this is exactly the same rate of growth as that recorded by the Premium Mid-sized SUV segment, and only a bit slower than the Premium Compact SUV segment.

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European car sales analysis June 2016 – models

Volvo_S90-V90-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeAfter discussing the June 2016 European car brand sales ranking, we’ll look at which models sold well in June. And the first honorable mention goes to the Renault Clio, up an impressive 16,7% in the final stage before its mid-cycle facelift to climb to the #2 spot behind the perennial leader Volkswagen Golf, which is down 6,6% but remains unthreatened so far. In May we already saw sales of the Ford Fiesta start to fall and that continues in June with a 13,8% loss, but at least it’s back above the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, for now. The big winner in the top-10 is the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, up 25,9% and into 6th place, its highest ranking since 2012. Its rival, the new generation Renault Megane improves even more at +35,5% in 13th place. The success of these two newcomers in the compact car segment is hurting the Ford Focus, down 14,8% and out of the top-10.

Renault-Talisman-auto-sales-statistics-EuropeThe new generation Audi A4 is up to #19, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Renault Kadjar (#24) finally manages to outsell its Korean rivals Hyundai Tucson (#34) and Kia Sportage (#33), as does the new generation Volkswagen Tiguan in 31st place. The Skoda Superb more than doubles its sales of last year and is now in the top-50, ahead of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia (#66) and the Ford Mondeo (#67), while the Renault Talisman improves further with 3.902 sales in 117th place. The Mercedes-Benz GLC (#75) does something its predecessor has never even come close to: grab second place of its segment and outsell the Audi Q5.… Continue Reading …

European car sales analysis June 2016 – brands

European-car-sales-graph-JuAfter car sales in Europe showed signs of a boom in May with an increase of 15%, the growth rate returns to a more modest level in June, up 6,4% to 1.493.929 sales. In the first half of 2016, European car dealers sold 8.026.798 vehicles, 8,8% more than in the same period a year earlier. As in the months before, the fastest growing markets are in the South and East of Europe, with Italy and Spain both showing double digit growth at +11,9% and +11,2% respectively, while Germans bought 8,3% more cars and the French just 0,8%. In the UK, sales were down 0,8%, as private sales dropped in preparation for the Brexit vote in the last week of the month. As a result of that vote, expect the UK market to decline even more for the remainer of the year and to have a negative influence on European car sales in the second half of 2016. In the first half, Italy has grown 19,2% and Spain 12,5%, followed by France (+8,3%), Germany (+7,1%) and the UK (+3,2%), while only The Netherlands (-3,6%) and Switzerland (-2,3%) showed declines.

Renault-Clio-European-car-sales-june-2016Once again, Renault-Nissan adds the most volume of all manufacturers, followed by the luxury manufacturers Daimler and BMW, as Volkswagen Group sales are stable and Ford Motor Company, Mitsubishi Motors and PSA lose the most volume. In relative terms, AvtoVAZ is the fastest growing manufacturer for the second month in a row, followed by SAIC MG. These two brands still sell less than 500 units a month so such fluctuations in sales are not that difficult to accomplish, which makes the 43,3% increase at Honda even more impressive. The brand has been struggling for the past few years in Europe with a new product drought which has ended with the (late) introduction of the new Jazz and HR-V, but it will be difficult to return to former glory. The fastest shrinking manufacturers are DRB-Hicom which swings from big winner to big loser every month with its Lotus sports car brand (+34,5% in May, -50% in June), followed by Mitsubishi Motors and Tesla Motors.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2016 first half Premium Mid-sized SUV segment

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Sales of Premium Mid-sized SUVs in the US rose by 10 percent in the second quarter of the year, a slightly slower pace than in Q1. While sales it the segment are boosted by a lot of new metal (Mercedes-Benz GLCLand-Rover Discovery Sport, Cadillac XT5, Jaguar F-Pace), they are at the same time weighed down by model changeovers (combined sales of Cadillac XT5 and SRX are down on sales of only the latter in 2015) and aging models such as the soon-to-be-replaced Audi Q5, as well as Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC60.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2016 first half Premium Compact SUV segment

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Sales in the Premium Compact SUV segment in the US rose by 15 percent in the second quarter of 2016, slightly faster than in the first quarter, resulting in an aggregate growth rate of 21 for the first half of the year. The growth is driven primarily by the success of the new BMW X1, but even the older models are doing pretty well, especially the Audi Q3. Overall, the growth rate remains the highest from among all Premium SUV segments.… Continue Reading …