26 April 2017

VW LCV Global Production By Model : 2016


VW does light commercial vehicles too and nearly 470,000 were made by the company in 2016. Volume was down 3.3% due to fall off in pick up trucks. Over 40% was for the Transporter model, made up of seated and van variants. The smaller Caddy model accounted for a third of the total. The Crafter van is moving from Mercedes manufacturing to a VW plant in Poland and what is shown below is the initial start up production.

15 16 Model 2016 % +/-
2015 %


Total 469,507 -3.3
485,616







1 1 Transporter 199,486 42.5% 12%
178,850 36.8%
Caravelle/Kombi 117,554 22%
96,341
Van 81,932 -1%
82,509
2 2 Caddy 158,598 33.8% 5%
150,350 31.0%
Kombi 86,841 17%
74,302
Van 71,757 -6%
76,048
3 3 Amarok 63,367 13.5% -22%
81,019 16.7%
4 4 Saveiro 47,460 10.1% -37%
75,397 15.5%

  5 Crafter 596 0.1% n/a



Data source: VW Group.

SEAT Global Production By Model : 2016


SEAT needs to do better, that is to be bigger. It's not helped by it being mainly sold in Europe and late entry into the booming crossover segment. A 400,000 unit volume isn't enough for a mainstream brand, even when platform sharing with other makes within the VW empire.

Cost savings are made by the Toledo model being make in the Czech Republic, related as it is to the Škoda Rapid. Likewise with the new Ateca crossover sharing the Škoda Yeti platform and also made in the CR. The Mii mini car is made in Slovakia and is much the same as the VW Up! and Škoda Citigo. The large Alhambra MPV is built in Portugal using the same platform as the Volkswagen Sharan.

So what's made in Spain? The León and Ibiza in the Martorell plant circa Barcelona and over 75% of production in 2016 was for those two models. That is a somewhat lopsided spread, but the Ateca crossover should reduce that dependency when it achieves a full year of production.

As for profitability, 2016 signaled a breakthrough in that area, with a + €153 million result, or €279 per vehicle. All that sharing of technology and factories must be bearing fruit, as will the Ateca model's arrival.

15 16 Model 2016 % +/-
2015 %


Total 417,012 0.5
415,076







1 1 León 163,228 39.1% -4%
169,455 40.8%
2 2 Ibiza 149,988 36.0% -7%
160,451 38.7%
- 3 Ateca 35,833 8.6% n/a
-
5 4 Alhambra 31,214 7.5% 12%
27,925 6.7%
4 5 Mii 18,720 4.5% -24%
24,516 5.9%
3 6 Toledo/Altea 18,029 4.3% -45%
32,729 7.9%


Toledo 18,029
-9%
19,728


Altea -
n/a
13,001

Data source: VW Group.

21 April 2017

Škoda Global Production By Model : 2016


Czech brand Škoda grew an impressive 12.3% in 2016. Considering the issue around VW for the year, it remained unscathed by any fallout. The upturn was centred around the large Superb model, which entered its third generation during 2015. However, all models did well except the Citigo mini car (flat) and Roomster MPV (defunct). One can safely assume the new Kodiaq crossover will ensure a production volume increase for 2017.

15 16 Model 2016 % +/-
2015 %


Total 1,152,308 12%
1,025,885







1 1 Octavia 445,415 38.7% 5%
425,629 41.5%
3 2 Rapid 216,773 18.8% 15%
189,187 18.4%
2 3 Fabia 203,308 17.6% 4%
195,349 19.0%
5 4 Superb 148,880 12.9% 76%
84,550 8.2%
4 5 Yeti 95,426 8.3% 6%
89,890 8.8%
6 6 Citigo 41,247 3.6% 0%
41,280 4.0%
- 7 Kodiaq 1,259 0.1% n/a
-
7 - Roomster -
n/a
11,166 1.1%

Data source: VW Group.