After a successful 2017 we’d like to thank all of our readers for their support this past year. As most of you are not only into cars but also into statistics and data, we figured we’d treat you with some more figures, but this time on our viewership in 2017. And it was a successful year for sure! [Read more…]
The past few months have seen the market debut of two crucial new cars in the mid-sized cars segment, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The new models come with the usual language about “reinventing the segment” (don’t they all?), but in this case the rhetoric is at least partially correct, in that both carmakers seem to have pulled out all the stops [Read more…]
As explained before, I haven’t had the time last month to write all the segment analyses for the third quarter in Europe, and I initially thought it would be too late in December to still be relevant. But after many requests from our faithful readers, I decided to put a few days of work into it anyway. It won’t be until early February that you’ll get the Full Year 2017 reports, and there have been a few interesting developments and noteworthy newcomers in some segments.
So for those of you still interested, you can find them by using the “Europe sales” menu in the top of the page, or click the links below. Enjoy, and happy holidays!
In case you missed any of them, here is the complete list of the reports we recently on sales in the US in 2016:
To all our readers, current and future, we’d like to wish a Happy New Year 2017! On our part, we promise to continue to bring you all the good things you’ve come to expect from CarSalesBase.com, as well as do our best to bring new content: new analysis, new ways to view our data, new features, and possibly a new website design. 2017 should be a great year!
As you may or may not have noticed, the Left-Lane.com logo has been removed off the top of our website for a few weeks, as we had been informed it violated a registered trademark. When I started this blog just over 3 years ago, I simply hadn’t thought about any trademark issues because I could not imagine would take off like this. I just came up with a car-related name and decided to stick with it. Now, 3 years later we’ve accumulated a total of 3 million visits, of which the last million came from just the last 6,5 months. And you come from every country in the world. We like to thank each of you for your visits, comments, likes and shares, they’ve all been a great help to growing our reach.
After asking for your help in coming up with a new name, we were overwhelmed by replies, e-mails and Facebook messages, all with creative suggestions and all usable, because it helped us on the right track to find a suitable new name: CarSalesBase.com. The name refers to our database with car sales data of over 2.200 models in 3 continents, and it also refers to this site as your base for all your interests in automotive industry data, strategy and opinion articles. We hope you like our new name and keep visiting.
Now let’s get to some general notices:
What do you need to do now that we’ve changed our name and our domain?
- Update your bookmarks, favorites and saved links of Left-Lane.com to Carsalesbase.com. That’s all. For now, they’ll be automatically linked to the corresponding page on the new domain, but that may not be forever, so please make sure you’ll be able to find us again.
- If you’ve subscribed to our mailinglist (if not, fill in you name and e-mail address in the fields on the right-hand sidebar), the e-mail address that sends the updates with new articles 3x a week will change to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure mark this address as “safe” to not miss any updates that may end up in your spam-folder otherwise.
As some of you may have noticed at the top of our page, we’ve been informed that our name Left-Lane.com violates a registered trademark. This means we’ve been given a short timeframe to come up with a new name for our website/blog and change the domain. Since it is not easy to come up with a good name, we’ve decided to involve you, our faithful and enthusiastic readers, with this process.
Since its inception just 3 years ago, Left-Lane has evolved from a personal blog about the automotive industry into a leading source of automotive sales data for Europe, the US and China, with two regular editors and the occasional guest writer. We’ve been growing fast and continue to do so, with 180.000 readers in November and over 53.500 last week, from just about every country in the world, and many from within the industry, either at OEM or supplier level, as I can see from the subscribers to our mailing list and the many e-mails I receive each day.
There are two options for a new name:
- something generic, that explains what we do: a name that includes words like cars, stats, analysis, data, automotive etc.
- something unique, that may or may not be (remotely) related to what we do, but which is easy to remember and, most importantly: not already trademarked.
We, Bart and Kriss, prefer something of the second category, but have been struggling something that really hits the spot.
So be creative and tell us what you think in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!
Many thanks in advance.
Sales in the premium limousine segment fell by 12% compared to 2014, the worst performance from among all premium segments. However, things are definitely looking up for the segment in 2016, with the new BMW 7-series picking up more sales after a late-2015 market debut, and planned market introduction of further two new models: Porsche Panamera and Genesis G90, replacement for the Hyundai Equus. [Read more…]
US car sales in 2015 were up by by 5.7% compared to 2014, and while it was the slowest growth since 2011, it was enough to set a new record of annual sales. The total number of cars sold, 17.5 million, surpassed the record set in 2000, just before the dot-com bubble burst. The drivers in this record year were low gas prices, an ever-stronger economy and intense competition between carmakers that led them to offer ever-better products at good prices. Consumers in the US have never had it this good, and 2016 looks only to build on this further.
Please note: for those of you interested in US auto sales statistics, Bart & Kriss have been working very hard these last couple of months to add US brand- and model specific pages to the already existing European and Chinese car sales data pages. Use the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of this site to browse for car sales data of every brand and model sold in the US since 2003. [Read more…]
The Small Cargo Vans segment continued its growth spurt, growing 24% in the 3rd quarter, down slightly from the 42% growth rate in the first half of the year. [Read more…]