19 December 2018

West Europe Car/Vehicle Production By Nation : 2016-17


Getting accurate data is difficult, especially for vehicle production. It can be variable if there is more than one source. Some of it is based on estimates rather than hard facts. One organisation that was quite generous with data has recently been cutting back on what is released. I presume member vehicle producers are the reason for that.

On that basis, what is below is indicative of what is being produced. Some of it is very accurate, some less so. When a figure isn't rounded, it's more likely to be accurate. Even then, there is no guarantee. I try to give the most accurate information I can but it is dependent on sources.

Cars: There was a stable look about this, with only 50,000 separating 2017 from 2016. France passed the UK and the Netherlands jumped a couple of places. Austria should improve with Jaguar production in 2018.

16 17 Nation 2017 % +/-
2016 % +/-
1 1 Germany 5,645,584 43.1% -2% 5,746,808 44.0% 1%
2 2 Spain 2,291,492 17.5% -3% 2,354,117 18.0% 6%
4 3 France 1,748,000 13.3% 7% 1,636,000 12.5% 5%
3 4 UK 1,671,166 12.7% -3% 1,722,698 13.2% 9%
5 5 Italy 742,642 5.7% 4% 712,971 5.5% 8%
6 6 Belgium 332,979 2.5% -6% 354,003 2.7% -4%
7 7 Sweden 226,000 1.7% 10% 205,374 1.6% 9%
10 8 Netherlands 155,000 1.2% 77% 87,609 0.7% 109%
8 9 Portugal 126,426 1.0% 27% 99,200 0.8% -14%
11 10 Finland 91,598 0.7% 120% 41,668 0.3% -40%
9 11 Austria 81,000 0.6% -11% 91,300 0.7% -31%

Total 13,111,887 0% 13,051,748 3%

Vehicles: Adding commercial vehicles to the mix raises the total by 2.3 million units. It didn't change countries by much. Portugal did get some double counts, I believe with Japan.

16 17 Nation 2017 % +/- 2016 % +/-
1 1 Germany 6,070,267 39.4% -2% 6,210,962 40.8% 0%
2 2 Spain 2,848,335 18.5% -1% 2,885,922 19.0% 6%
3 3 France 2,323,442 15.1% 12% 2,069,048 13.6% 4%
4 4 UK 1,749,385 11.4% -4% 1,816,622 11.9% 8%
5 5 Italy 1,142,210 7.4% 4% 1,103,305 7.3% 9%
6 6 Belgium 379,140 2.5% -5% 399,427 2.6% -2%
7 7 Sweden 275,145 1.8% 8% 253,677 1.7% 7%
10 8 Netherlands 244,000 1.6% 53% 160,000 1.1% 24%
8 9 Portugal 175,544 1.1% 23% 143,096 0.9% -9%
9 10 Austria 99,880 0.6% -9% 109,730 0.7% -10%
11 11 Finland 91,598 0.6% 66% 55,280 0.4% -20%

Total 15,398,946 1% 15,207,069 3%

Por x2 11,643 0.1%
8,505 0.1%

Data source: OICA and others.

18 December 2018

Be Careful In 2019

I read car magazines but if I was going to buy a new car, I would do my own research and basically ignore the journalistic opinion. That is because of two reasons. One is what they say is what they think and I may have reasons to disagree. Secondly, I wonder what influence car makers and personal bias have on their conclusions.

As I have delved into car data, I have found that what I read about the industry is usually tainted by spin and misleading presentation, which at times amounts to outright dishonesty. Subjects such as Brexit has taught me to be very wary of what the largely shonky media or car industry has to say about anything. Self interest is everything and everywhere.

On that basis, I feel the more you can educate yourself with the facts, the better. Not all we are told is wrong or inaccurate but unless we know something about the subject, how can we tell the difference? We can't be an expert in everything so one may wonder how they can avoid being mislead. At least develop a cautious approach. If a source has a vested interest, be suspicious. Also, the media want your attention so look at the title of an article and then if the information doesn't line up with the (often overly sensational) headline, be doubtful of their ethics.




We want to be aware of what is going on in the world. We want the truth, not tricked or lied to.

Be careful.

17 December 2018

Americas Car/Vehicle Production By Nation : 2016-17


I last did this region's production for the 2014-15 years (vehicles by clicking here, and cars by clicking here). For this instalment, I decided to double the value and put them in one article....You're welcome.

Cars: This excludes light trucks and SUVs so is a shrinking segment. For the past two years, the numbers have dropped 7%. Even a surge in Brazil was not enough, as it was nullified with an accelerated fall in the USA.

The x2 count is where numbers are also counted elsewhere. If the content is equally divided between countries, then it is shared. Thankfully, that isn't a major factor, just 0.5% of the total.

Car Production
16 17 Brand Units '17 Share +/- Units '16 Share +/-
1 1 USA 3,033,216 36.9% -23% 3,916,584 44.4% -6%
3 2 Brazil 2,269,468 27.6% 28% 1,778,464 20.2% -12%
2 3 Mexico 1,900,029 23.1% -5% 1,993,178 22.6% 1%
4 4 Canada 749,458 9.1% -7% 803,230 9.1% -10%
5 5 Argentina 203,700 2.5% -16% 241,315 2.7% -22%
6 6 Colombia 73,904 0.9% -5% 77,946 0.9% 2%
7 7 Venezuela 852 0.0% 0% 849 0.0% -91%

Total 8,230,627 -7% 8,811,566 -7%
x2 count -39,950 0.5% 22% -32,790 0.4% -13%

Vehicles: With all the SUVs and pick up trucks, it seems more relevant as each year passes. The only issue is that Argentina stopped including heavy-duty trucks in 2016. Numerically it makes little difference but I mentioned it anyway. 

As with cars, the decrease is the same for the past two years, in this case, a minuscule -0.7%. The USA was down but Mexico and Brazil did well. Call me paranoid, but Ecuador's figures look suspiciously like an estimate. The US still managed to exceed 50% of the total (54%).

Vehicle Production
16 17 Brand Units '17 Share +/- Units '16 Share +/-
1 1 USA 11,189,985 54.0% -8.1% 12,180,301 58.4% 0.6%
2 2 Mexico 4,068,415 19.6% 13.0% 3,600,365 17.3% 1.0%
4 3 Brazil 2,699,672 13.0% 25.2% 2,156,356 10.3% -11.2%
3 4 Canada 2,199,789 10.6% -7.2% 2,370,656 11.4% 3.8%
5 5 Argentina 472,158 2.3% -0.1% 472,776 2.3% -11.4%
6 6 Colombia 74,994 0.4% -5.1% 79,036 0.4% 1.2%
8 7 Ecuador 2,700 0.0% 0.0% 2,700 0.0% -43.8%
7 8 Venezuela 1,774 0.0% -37.8% 2,850 0.0% -84.4%

Total 20,709,487 -0.7% 20,865,040 -0.7%
x2 count -39,950 0.2% -7.9% -43,370 0.2% -10.9%

Source: OICA.