30 April 2013

Nissan Worldwide Production: 2012/13


Nissan  Juke-R; aren't we all glad they make it?

Unlike some Japanese brands, Nissan makes many of its cars in the markets they are selling them in. For that  they deserve to be applauded. The home market now makes less than a quarter of Nissan cars. That was very helpful while the Yen has been more fairly valued and making Japanese car making a marginal proposition. Now the currency is being driven down by government intervention, making cars in the land of the rising sun is more profitable again. Still, producing them in many regions minimises the ups and downs of monetary fluctuations.

Nissan Leaf  production commences in the UK

Production data being slightly down understandably mirrored sales. The interesting thing about this list is that the two largest car making nations for Nissan went down (below highlighted in yellow) and all the others are up (blue).


Region 12-13 % Tot % +/- 11-12 % Tot

China 1,114,712 23% -12.6% 1,275,551 26%

Japan 1,060,157 22% -11.6% 1,198,826 25%

Mexico 672,679 14% 4.6% 643,372 13%

USA 671,748 14% 16.3% 577,618 12%

UK 505,042 11% 2.7% 491,551 10%

Others 764,948 16% 18.1% 647,570 13%

Total 4,789,286 -0.9% 4,834,488

New Nissan Pathfinder

Data source: Nissan.

29 April 2013

Nissan Worldwide Sales: 2012/13


Nissan had a flat 2012/13 year (April-March), with a marginal decrease. China and Europe were the trouble spots for the brand, with NAFTA* and 'Others' were the bright spots. I am surprised how important NAFTA is for Nissan. Mexico of course is a very good market for the make, easily being top there.

In the chart below, pale blue is up and yellow down:


Region 12-13 % Tot % +/- 11-12 % Tot

Nafta 1,466,489 30% 4.5% 1,403,503 29%

China 1,131,042 23% -11.9% 1,283,679 26%

Europe 659,722 14% -7.5% 713,283 15%

Japan 646,937 13% -1.3% 655,364 13%

Others 957,018 20% 16.0% 824,935 17%

Total 4,861,208 -0.4% 4,880,764

China could be an issue for this Japanese make due to hostility over the Senaku Island's ownership. Europe will be problematic for all car makers of non-premium cars. 'Others' are very important as it encompasses Asia/Pacific nations that are growing well for car sales.


*US, Canada & Mexico.

Data source: Nissan.

27 April 2013

Fracking

It sounds like a swear word, but what it means is the causing of fractures in a rock layer by pressurised fluid. This then releases - among other things - petroleum, that we then can burn to run our cars. Yay. Well maybe. There are those for and those against. What I hate about anything like this is objectivity goes out the window as vested interests defend their cause. So is it good or bad?

Positive: Cheaper petrol and an extended use of this fuel type. This reduces the dependence on present oil producers which make up OPEC.

Negative: Risk of underground water supplies being contaminated. Possible increase in earthquakes.

Summary: Apparently with adequate precautions and care, risk of pollution can be minimised. As for increased earthquake activity, it is unfortunately impossible to know.

The facts are: 1) Our cars will increasingly be burning fuel from fracking. 2) The need to find new pertol sources will drive fracking forward whether there are risks or not. 3) R & D spent by car makers on other forms of fuel will be reduced as the urgency for alternative ways to power our vehicles is put back.

If fracking is only done in low risk ways, there could be a place for it. Push the envelope and the results almost certainly will be very damaging. All we can do is watch with interest.

25 April 2013

Where Car Brands Do Best/Worst In England

How strong or weak a brand of car is in a country can vary greatly within the boundaries of a country. Which brands do best and worst in the UK by region? Only major brands are considered. First a map of the regions in case you need geographical assistance.


Each area below has total sales for 2012 in brackets.

The North East (68,700) has Nissan, Mazda and Suzuki as their strongest areas, with Audi and Mercedes their worst.

The North West (193,700) has no best ratings but is Volvo's worst area.

Yorkshire/Humberside (158,100) has BMW, MINI and Land Rover as those brands top areas, but none as a worst region.

The East Midlands (170,300) is best for Vauxhall, Toyota and Skoda, with Ford, BMW, Nissan, MINI, Land Rover, Renault, Honda, Jaguar and Fiat as their poorest region. Wow!

The West Midlands (276,100) is Peugeot's, Citroen's and Jaguar's top spot, but no good for Kia, Suzuki and Porsche.

East (174,000) England is best for both Ford and Volvo, but the region is not good for VW, Peugeot and Skoda.

London (127,400) is tops for VW, Mercedes, Kia, Renault, Fiat and Porsche but a flop for Vauxhall, Citroen, Hyundai and Mazda.

The South East (409,000) is best for Audi and Seat, but not worst for any brand.

The South West (178,400) is a nice place for dealers of Hyundai and Honda, but not Toyota or Seat.

There were no surprises with Nissan, Jaguar, Honda and Ford being strongest where they have factories. Yorkshire is quite affluent with premium brands doing well. The South East is the biggest area for new car sales. Perhaps a more even distribution of wealth would help the North East, with the lowest new car sales by some margin.

22 April 2013

Car Sales Wales By Make: 2012


Car sales were up a solid 7% in the Principality, and although Ford lost market share it retained a healthy lead. Ford has a large engine plant in Bridgend, so how much that assists the brand I'm not sure. It's nice to support a company that adds employment to the nation.

Yellow represents brands that lost share, even if sales were up. Premium brands are not strong in Wales but they did well in 2012. Renault was the big loser, dropping nine ranking places to 16th!


11 12 Brand Sales Share Inc/Dec

1 1 Ford 14,048 19.4% +4%

2 2 Vauxhall 8,058 11.1% +6%

3 3 VW 5,438 7.5% +9%

4 4 Citroen 4,000 5.5% 0%

5 5 Nissan 3,397 4.7% +6%

6 6 Peugeot 3,381 4.7% +7%

8 7 Toyota 3,320 4.6% +39%

11 8 Hyundai 2,782 3.8% +30%

9 9 Audi 2,735 3.8% +15%

10 10 BMW 2,698 3.7% +15%

12 11 Kia 2,502 3.5% +26%

17 12 Suzuki 2,137 3.0% +44%

14 13 Mercedes 2,103 2.9% +21%

15 14 Skoda 1,931 2.7% +15%

13 15 Fiat 1,861 2.6% -2%

7 16 Renault 1,590 2.2% -43%

20 17 Land Rover 1,558 2.2% +27%

18 18 MINI 1,530 2.1% +7%

16 19 Honda 1,464 2.0% -10%

19 20 Mazda 1,157 1.6% -6%

22 21 Seat 1,110 1.5% +17%

21 22 Volvo 1,016 1.4% -9%

23 24 Mitsubishi 431 0.6% -40%

25 25 Jaguar 306 0.4% -10%

24 23 Chevrolet 747 1.0% +48%



Others 1,059 1.5%



Total 72,438
+7%







Source:  Thanks to DFT.

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18 April 2013

Car Sales Peugeot By Model: 2011/12

The Peugeot 3008 

Some car makers have a simple way of doing business and handling model replacements. Then there is PSA.  Nothing is simple about following how models are replaced and named. I have tries to rationalise the many models being made by Peugeot but it is complicated. I will start with a run down of what I found:

The 206 was replaced by the 207, which in turn has been replaced by the 208... except they haven't. They are all still made, which which is a very French way of doing things. The 405 started life in 1987 and is still made in Iran. I have grouped it with the 407, its modern day counterpart.

The 4007 (Mitsubishi Outlander) is now replaced by the 4008 (Mitsubishi ASX). Different sizes I know, but it is considered by Peugeot as a replacement model. The Ion is a Mitsubishi i-Miev electric car made for Peugeot.

Below are sales for 2011 and 2012, courtesy of PSA. Yellow means minus and blue plus sales:


Model 2012 2011 +/- %

206/07/08 568,643 742,334 -23%

307/08 287,248 275,497 4%

508 121,662 124,150 -2%

405/407 110,698 273,156 -59%

3008 108,263 134,951 -20%

408 79,954 74,603 7%

107 76,354 92,093 -17%

807/5008 56,963 78,659 -28%

4007/08 11,994 7,387 62%

RCZ 11,118 18,828 -41%

301 4,813
n/a

Ion 2,905 2,392 21%

Total 1,440,615 1,824,050 -21%

A 21% decrease is a reflection of European and French sales. Too much reliance on one region comes unstuck if that area declines. Even so, it is losing market share in Europe too. A once proud and successful brand struggles in the modern day arena. Greater co-operation with other car makers, along with tough business (not political) decisions need to be made. Sounds similar to Citroen.

The popular Peugeot 208

Data source: Thank to PSA.

17 April 2013

Jaguar Sales By Model: 2012/13 Year

The Jaguar XJ AWD seen in it's natural habitat

The year for these sales figures is based on April to March. Therefore, Q1 is April to June 2012, Q2 July to September 2012 etc. Below we can see that Jaguar had a great Jan - Mar 2013 with a 31% increase. The new XF Sports Brake and AWD models must have been the reason for that.


Model Q1 13 Q2 13 Q3 13 Q4 13 FY 13

XF 8,236 8,352 8,118 13,928 38,634

XJ 4,462 3,382 2,965 5,191 16,000

XK 940 1,064 897 979 3,880

F Type - - - 112 112

Total 13,638 12,798 11,980 20,210 58,626

Difference 8.6% -3.3% -7.9% 31.0% 8.1%

Model Q1 12 Q2 12 Q3 12 Q4 12 FY 12

XF 6,732 8,350 8,397 9,987 33,466

XJ 4,367 3,636 3,606 4,179 15,788

XK 1,454 1,247 1,003 1,265 4,969

Others 4 - - - 4

Total 12,557 13,233 13,006 15,431 54,227

Looking forward, the 2014 year is promising. Continued success for the XF and XJ seems assured, while the new F-Type will add some sales too. The 'F' is a specialist model though so numbers will be not that great. Apparently, Jaguar only has the ability to make 15,000 F-Type and XK cars per annum. So that looks like only 12,000 F-Types each year. Order books are already swelling, so if you want one, as soon as possible would be a good time to act.

It's good that JLR is open with sales data, which is both good for investor confidence and PR generally.

The XF Sport Brake

16 April 2013

Car Sales Scotland By Make: 2012

Vauxhall Corsa 

Scotland has its own unique differences to the UK as a whole. North of the border, GM's Vauxhall is the top brand, not Ford as for the UK as a whole. Renault has been a popular brand for the Scots in years gone by, but slipping down in 2012 to 9th. Luxury brands have been growing lately.

The market as a whole was up 9% for the year. In the chart below listing the top 25, yellow means reduced market share and blue improved. For 2011 sales, please click here.


11 12 Brand Sales Share Inc/Dec

1 1 Vauxhall 26,677 14.6% +7%

2 2 Ford 22,726 12.5% +11%

3 3 VW 13,720 7.5% +8%

4 4 Nissan 9,919 5.4% 0%

8 5 BMW 9,401 5.2% +30%

6 6 Audi 8,693 4.8% +12%

7 7 Peugeot 8,158 4.5% +7%

9 8 Kia 8,011 4.4% +25%

5 9 Renault 7,158 3.9% -24%

10 10 Toyota 6,977 3.8% +14%

12 11 Citroen 6,359 3.5% +11%

13 12 Fiat 6,279 3.4% +36%

11 13 Honda 5,921 3.2% -2%

14 14 Hyundai 5,427 3.0% +20%

17 15 Mercedes 4,737 2.6% +15%

18 16 Skoda 4,589 2.5% +27%

15 17 MINI 4,349 2.4% 0%

19 18 Land Rover 3,977 2.2% +26%

16 19 Mazda 3,757 2.1% -10%

20 20 Seat 3,501 1.9% +27%

22 21 Suzuki 2,717 1.5% +12%

21 22 Volvo 2,386 1.3% -8%

23 23 Chevrolet 1,209 0.7% -17%

? 24 Chrysler 1,012 0.6% ?

26 25 Jaguar 742 0.4% +10%



Others 4,123 2.3%



Total 182,525
+9%

Data source: Thanks to the DFT.

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