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.

18 April 2017

Lamborghini Production By Model : 2016


I have to say I don't really have much interest in the marque. It screams 'excess' to me. That said, they sell in numbers that show that is what some people want and can afford to indulge that wish. 3,579 were made in 2016, down 3.5% on 2015's 3,707. With competitors such as Ferrari and Mclaren, the small super sports car market is tight and new models constantly required to keep the range fresh and appealing.

Of the two models Lamborghini have, the Huracán accounts for 68% of volume with 2,400 made (Coupé 1,300 and Roadster 1,100). The Aventador makes up the balance with 1,160 (Coupé 590 and Roadster 570).

The Lamborghini Urus SUV is finally about to surface. It's been dangled out there for some time and capacity at the plant is now ready to handle the volume required. I read somewhere about 3,500 units per annum is the target figure, with the two cars matching that.

16 April 2017

Audi Global Production By Model : 2016


I must say that Audi model designation is easy to follow. The brand also has a cookie cutter method for their design. You have no doubt which family they belong to. That has positives but maybe it's taken a bit too far.

Production was up 6% in 2016, which was sound without being spectacular. The premium segment is getting hot with competition so while overall sales are growing in the premium arena, manufacturers still have to keep on their toes.

Audi started making SUVs in 2006 and each year they represent a greater share of production volume. Initially there wasn't much impact but it took off from 2009, reaching a quarter of the total in 2012. For 2016 it was 34.3%, just over a third of all vehicles made. Historically the A4 has been the most produced model, but since 2014, the A3 has.

15 16 Model 2016 % +/-
2015 %


Total 1,899,680 6%
1,824,976







1 1 A3 361,996 19.1% -2%
369,604 20.3%
2 2 A4 357,997 18.8% 13%
318,208 17.4%
4 3 Q5 297,750 15.7% 11%
267,555 14.7%
3 4 A6 276,163 14.5% -6%
293,378 16.1%
5 5 Q3 231,451 12.2% 13%
204,801 11.2%
6 6 A1 105,252 5.5% -9%
116,250 6.4%
7 7 Q7 103,507 5.4% 26%
82,188 4.5%
8 8 A5 65,117 3.4% -18%
79,133 4.3%
9 9 TT 26,886 1.4% -24%
35,510 1.9%
10 10 A7 26,307 1.4% -10%
29,131 1.6%
11 11 A8 24,147 1.3% -11%
27,077 1.5%
13 12 Q2 19,419 1.0% n/a
67 0.0%
12 13 R8 3,688 0.2% 78%
2,074 0.1%

Data source: VW Group.
Picture source: Netcarshow.

14 April 2017

2017 World Car Of The Year : 2017

The world COTY award goes back to 2005, with judges from all around the world voting. Of course, any decision reached is based on their opinions but at least have jurors from all corners of the world gives it a broader consensus. Local bias is not a factor. A quick look at previous winners first:

2005: Audi A6
2006: BMW 3-Series
2007: Lexus LS400
2008: Mazda Demio (Mazda 2)
2009: VW Golf
2010: VW Polo
2011: Nissan Leaf
2012: VW Up!
2013: VW Golf
2014: Audi A3
2015: Mercedes C-Class
2016 Mazda MX-5

Eight German and four Japanese brands in all. VW with four gongs, Mazda and Audi two each. Now for the 2017 year.

Luxury Car: Mercedes E-Class
Performance Car: Porsche Boxter/Cayman
Green Car: Toyota Prius Prime
Urban Car: BMW i3
Car Design of the Year: Jaguar F-Pace

World Car of the Year 2017:

Jaguar F-Pace.

The Jaguar F-Pace took two awards, the best design and best overall. Well deserved I say and a different nation contributing adds variety. Now would that be the UK or India?

12 April 2017

VW Brand Global Production By Model : 2016


VW endured a bad year, one where its actions of recent years caught up with it. Although there were repercussions, they haven't impacted as one might expect. It may even help the company moving forward, with changes that were resisted before now being implemented.  For all of its problems, VW brand production was up 5.6%.

The array of models is enormous, many similar and marketed regionally. China has models that are not exported for example. I have tried to rationise all of that in the data below. What could be described as medium cars take just over 30% of all sales. Large cars have moved into second place and the Golf back to third.

15 16 Model 2016 % +/-
2015 %


Total 6,025,850 6%
5,822,327







1 1 Medium Car 1,898,034 31.5% 18%
1,614,192 27.7%


Jetta/Sagitar 968,135 16.1% 15%
844,907 14.5%


Lavida 547,187 9.1% 18%
462,748 7.9%


Bora 236,427 3.9% 16%
202,964 3.5%


Lamando 146,285 2.4% 41%
103,573 1.8%
3 2 Large Car 1,068,146 17.7% 1%
1,060,397 18.2%


Passat/Magotan 711,878 11.8% -2%
724,018 12.4%


Santana 312,177 5.2% 12%
279,583 4.8%


CC 44,091 0.7% -22%
56,796 1.0%
2 3 Golf 982,495 16.3% -10%
1,095,553 18.8%
4 4 Polo/Classic 794,388 13.2% 5%
754,546 13.0%
5 5 Tiguan 548,687 9.1% 9%
501,712 8.6%
7 6 UP! 169,970 2.8% -1%
172,345 3.0%
8 7 Touran 164,248 2.7% 36%
120,507 2.1%
6 8 Gol/Parati 160,130 2.7% -17%
192,841 3.3%
9 9 Fox/Suran 70,436 1.2% -36%
109,852 1.9%


Fox 50,273 0.8% -41%
85,161 1.5%


Suran 20,163 0.3% -18%
24,691 0.4%
10 10 Beetle 61,940 1.0% -3%
64,035 1.1%
11 11 Touareg 47,495 0.8% -20%
59,190 1.0%
12 12 Sharan 41,949 0.7% -21%
53,423 0.9%
13 13 Scirocco 11,963 0.2% -26%
16,251 0.3%
- 14 Phideon 5,131 0.1% n/a


15 15 Phaeton 452 0.0% -85%
2,924 0.1%
- 16 Atlas/Teramont 386 0.0% n/a


14 - Eos

4,559 0.1%
16 - XL1



59 0.0%

Data source: VW Group.