31 October 2018

Mitsubishi Global Production (Model) : 2016/17


Mitsubishi was struggling with a fuel consumption scandal but in 2016 Nissan stepped in to buy a 34% share of the company, making it the majority controlling shareholder. This made it part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Already that is having a positive effect as we shall see.

First, we look at total production. It was down 11% in 2016 and up 18% in 2017, which has got it back past the 2015 level and a major step in the right direction. Two new models helped, of course, both SUVs, as did the eK Kei cars which both grew significantly.

The Outlander model is the most popular with 21% of total production. The Triton pick up is next, the numbers including the Fiat Fullback but I'm not certain on that. The Minicab micro truck is a Suzuki model and as I wasn't sure about how that arrangement works, so I didn't include it here. The numbers were tiny anyway.

So it comes across to me that since the Nissan acquisition MMC has taken on a new lease of life. The increase is significant and from what I see for 2018, things will continue that way. A big thanks to Mitsubishi for being so open, more so than any other Japanese manufacturer and in fact with all other car makers. More detail will follow soon.

Total Production By Model
16 17 Brand 2017 % +/-
2016 % +/-
1 1 Outlander 265,698 21.2% 41% 188,212 17.7% -22%
3 2 Triton 175,811 14.0% 12% 157,082 14.8% 13%
2 3 RVR 161,332 12.9% -8% 176,159 16.6% -1%
4 4 Mirage/Attrage 151,068 12.0% -1% 152,906 14.4% 11%
5 5 eK Wagon 90,013 7.2% 30% 69,359 6.5% -28%
7 6 Pajero Sport 83,195 6.6% 26% 66,053 6.2% -20%
6 7 eK Space 79,175 6.3% 19% 66,742 6.3% -26%
8 8 Delica 62,086 4.9% 13% 55,153 5.2% 4%
- 9 Eclipse Cross 48,526 3.9% n/a -

9 10 Lancer 40,590 3.2% -25% 54,133 5.1% -58%
10 11 Pajero 36,142 2.9% -20% 45,406 4.3% -15%
- 12 Xpander 35,727 2.8% n/a -

11 13 T120 10,464 0.8% -11% 11,712 1.1% -50%
12 14 Adventure 8,128 0.6% -29% 11,376 1.1% 58%
14 15 Colt Plus 3,779 0.3% 10% 3,431 0.3% -15%
13 16 i-MIEV 3,195 0.3% -25% 4,254 0.4% -10%
15 17 Jeep 321 0.0% -47% 602 0.1% 28%

Total 1,255,250
18% 1,062,580
-11%


Data source: MMC.

30 October 2018

Peugeot Car/LCV Production By Model : 2017

405 production in Iran. That's a lot of workers under one car.

Peugeot is going well at the moment, with production up 11% for the year. It was helped greatly by the 405, which I believe is made in Iran. Unfortunately for Peugeot, that arrangement will be affected by political issues, so that gain has come to an abrupt halt during 2018.

The 3008, 4008 and 5008 SUVs are selling strongly, all posting gains of some note. Generally, more traditional cars aren't doing so well, a trend that has plenty of traction. However, the range is diversifying to meet the demand for the taller style vehicle. The 206 is an exception, again due to Iranian production.


16 17 Model 2017 % +/-

1 1 208 325,747 17.2% -2%

5 2 405 266,645 14.1% 85%

3 3 2008 232,871 12.3% -7%

6 4 3008 230,612 12.2% 72%

2 5 308 230,495 12.2% -25%

9 6 206 176,572 9.3% 89%

4 7 Partner 164,064 8.7% 5%

14 8 5008 89,550 4.7% 218%

7 9 408 72,073 3.8% -38%

11 10 Boxer 67,933 3.6% 3%

8 11 301 63,797 3.4% -38%

10 12 108 54,512 2.9% -18%

15 13 4008 53,030 2.8% 317%

13 14 Expert 44,696 2.4% 24%

12 15 508 21,213 1.1% -58%

17 16 Traveller 14,963 0.8% 239%

16 17 Bipper 7,846 0.4% -12%


Other 10,055 0.5%

Total 2,126,674
11%

Data source: CCFA.

26 October 2018

Citroën Car/LCV Production By Model : 2017


Citroën has been going through a readjustment over the last few years. As profit has been given priority, volume has dropped. I applaud this initiative as it is what a sustainable business is based on. The data below includes the DS range which is coloured purple to differentiate it from Citroën branded models. LCVs are also included.

A drop in production of 9% was recorded in 2017, the third consecutive numerical loss and the largest of the three. It looks bad, but inspecting sales by region indicates all the fall is the China/SE Asia area. Citroën has a history of success in China but that appears to be changing.

The DS range was created to add a premium range to the PSA company as it is a more lucrative segment to be in. It hasn't gone well so far, partly because it takes more time to establish a premium brand's reputation. That said, the DS7 that was just released at the end of 2017 looks promising.

It's a tough market, especially in Europe where most of Citroën / DS cars are sold. Making money while keeping factories gainfully employed is a balancing act. We watch with interest as PSA walks that tightrope.


16 17 Model 2017 % +/-

2 1 C3 Range 345,947 31.3% 6%

1 2 C4 Range 238,221 21.5% -28%

3 3 Berlingo 165,953 15.0% 5%

4 4 C-Elysée 86,467 7.8% -32%

6 5 Jumper 60,817 5.5% 7%

5 6 C1 54,415 4.9% -17%

8 7 Jumpy 38,333 3.5% 14%

10 8 C5 Range 36,317 3.3% 172%

7 9 DS3 28,542 2.6% -30%

14 10 Spacetourer 13,764 1.2% 172%

9 11 DS4 11,644 1.1% -47%

11 12 DS5 7,307 0.7% -41%

13 13 Nemo 6,566 0.6% -25%

15 14 C6 6,064 0.5% 41%

12 15 DS6 2,976 0.3% -71%

16 16 C-Zero 1,167 0.1% -37%

- 17 DS7 1,004 0.1% n/a


Others 115 0.0%

Total 1,105,619
-9%

Data source: CCFA.