15 January 2012

Car Sales Greece: 2011

To say that the Greek economy is in a mess is comparably to the statement 'one legged ducks swim in circles'. It would be nice to say that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but there isn't. However, many in Greece seem to think the world won't let them collapse, and in that they may have a point. There is a fear of a domino effect.

Whatever the outcome, the car market is imploding. That is to be expected, but some of the fall in sales is striking. Land Rover was selling over 1,000 vehicles per year, in 2011 just 30! In the year 2000, 290,000 cars found homes, this year just 97,000. Next year many less I suspect.

1 Toyota 12,100 -27.4%
2 Opel 11,400 -12.0%
3 VW 9,500 -26.8%
4 Ford 6,400 -36.8%
5 Fiat 5,900 -36.2%
6 Nissan 5,700 -15.5%
7 Hyundai 4,900 -48.2%
8 Skoda 4,700 -36.8%
9 Citroen 3,600 -41.2%
10 Peugeot 3,400 -32.5%
11 Suzuki 3,100 -52.0%
12 Seat 3,000 -20.3%
13 Audi 2,500 -20.0%
14 Kia 2,300 -3.7%
15 Mercedes 2,100 -34.0%
16 BMW 2,000 -29.6%
17 Chevrolet 1,850 -37.7%
18 Alfa Romeo 1,700 +11.3%
19 Renault 1,500 -50.6%
20 smart 1,500 -25.4%
21 Volvo 1,450 +56.4%
22 Mitsubis 1,450 -22.3%
23 Honda 1,200 -52.4%
24 MINI 946 +6.4%
25 Daihatsu 943 -49.8%
26 Dacia 778 -1.9%
27 Mazda 450 -75.7%
28 Subaru 339 -33.8%
29 Chrysler 220 -67.4%
30 Lancia 212 -57.5%
31 Saab 152 -34.8%
32 Lexus 146 +2.8%
Other 150 0.20%
Total 97,700 31% decrease.

Toyota's market share of 12.4% is up from 11.8% in 2010, despite a 27.4% sales fall. A few brands actually got increases in sales.

In summary: What a mess.

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