In the first half of 2018, European passenger car sales are up 3% to 8,6 million, with new EU member states contributing the most at +11,4%. Among major markets, Spain (+10,1%) is the biggest gainer, followed by France (+4,7%) and Germany (+2,9%) while sales in Italy (-1,4%) and the UK (‐6,3%) are falling. Crossover sales are up 22,9% in the first half, while car models lost 3,1% and MPVs lost 17,5%.
In June 2018, sales of passenger cars in Europe increased by 5,5% after an almost flat May. A total of just over 1,6 million vehicles were sold in this period. The major EU markets showed very diverse results, with positive scores for France (+9,2%), Spain (+8%) and Germany (+4,2%), but losses for United Kingdom (-3,5%) and Italy (-7,3%). Sweden is the fastest growing market with an increase of 72,9% as consumers have pulled forward their car purchases in anticipation of a tax change which has gone in effect July 1st. This change benefits green vehicles but makes gas guzzlers more expensive, with an overall increase expected. This makes the 66.244 vehicles sold the biggest month in history for the Swedish car market and makes Sweden the #6 market in Europe this month. Other fast growing markets in June were Romania (+52,4%), Hungary (+30,6%), Croatia (+24,3%) and Greece (+24%). In the negative were most notably the tiny markets of Cyprus (-25,4%) and Iceland (-17,4%), as well as Ireland (-10,6%).
Ford Expedition sales growth continues to underwhelm, as segment returns to healthy double-digit growth
Sales in the US Large SUV segment rose by 9.3% to 171,647 in the first half of 2018, thanks in large part to a 13.0% growth in the second quarter of 2018. This means that after shrinking slightly in 2017 the segment seems to have well-and-truly returned to growth, and may yet post the best figure since 2007 this year. However, even if it [Read more…]
Sales stagnate, with only Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse recording really good sales growth
Sales in the US Mid-sized SUV segment rose by 3.9% to 989,582 in the first half of 2018, after growth slowed down to just 1.0% in the second quarter. Nonetheless, this was enough for the segment to retain its position ahead of the Compact segment that it just lost out to in overall 2017 stats, behind only the Compact SUV and [Read more…]
The frantic pace of growth continues as new Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona find success
Sales in the US Subcompact SUV segment rose by 35.2% to 295,101 in the first half of 2018, with growth quickening even compared to the 33.3% registered in the first quarter of the year. With the new Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Kona getting up to speed in the market, and the new Nissan Kicks just going on sale in June, the segment could yet [Read more…]
Segment dips back into the red as slow Honda Odyssey sales buildup cannot outweigh decline in Pacifica sales
Sales in the US Minivan segment fell by 2.6% to 257,456 in the first half of 2018, a climbdown following a surprising 2.7% sales increase in the first quarter of the year. With the new Honda Odyssey slowly building up sales, the Chrysler Pacifica still fresh and the new Toyota Sienna around the corner, the segment may yet bounce back into [Read more…]
New Toyota Avalon sees sales rise only slowly while Dodge Charger remains firmly in the lead of a declining segment
Sales in the US Large segment fell by 12.0% to 170,762 in the first half of 2018, continuing on from the 11.5% decline registered in 2017. With the Toyota Avalon being the only meaningful arrival 2018 looks to be another tough year for the segment, leading more and more carmakers to consider abandoning it altogether for the far-more-popular [Read more…]
New Camry and Accord sales fall, while revised Mazda6 and Honda Clarity perform well at the bottom of the standings
Sales in the US Mid-sized segment fell by 12.4% to 872,876 in the first half of 2018, with the rate of decline being very close to 12% in both quarters in 2018 so far. Such a performance will be disappointing to those who thought that new, more assertive models such as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord could breathe life into the declining segment. [Read more…]
After looking at the May 2018 brand sales ranking, let’s take a closer look at which models were moving up the charts. For the first time since June 2017, market leader Volkswagen Golf is down year-on-year but it still sells over 40.000 units this month. Its crossover sibling Tiguan more than offsets this loss with a 18,6% gain, moving into 4th place and best selling crossover. Its rival and the usual suspect for that title Nissan Qashqai is down into 3rd place of that subsegment behind the Renault Captur, respectively in 8th and 9th place overall. [Read more…]