19 March 2019

Parking NZ Style

When it comes to inconveniencing other people, the Kiwi male is very good. Parking across your access to and from your house, in drive ways that others use to get to their home and garage and footpaths being blocked. All of this to save them walking a few extra metres. If you ask them to move, the reply is 'I'll only be ten minutes". If you say I can't wait that long, then they reluctantly comply, distraught over the extra minuscule walking distance they now have to undertake. We're talking a few metres here by the way. NZ isn't a crowded country with street parking free and parking spaces rarely an issue.

Anyway, I was walking down this road recently and found there two vehicles parked facing the wrong way (illegal in NZ) and also denying pedestrians their footpath. It was closer to the front door no doubt but the minimal distance saved makes you wonder why break the law to gain so little. Not to mention inconveniencing elderly or invalids.

17 March 2019

Hyundai/Kia & Mazda US/Mexico Production (Model) : 2017-18


Hyundai & Kia share factories in the US and Mexico so have been combined here. Mazda was added to the page as its too small for a dedicated article.

USA: Five models are made here and none stands out in terms of volume. Two years of -17% and -9% decreases have been experienced. While the 550,000 units sound a lot, the 1,270,000 sales in the country puts them well into net importers.

USA Production – Hyundai/Kia
Model 2018 % +/-
2017 % +/-
Hyundai Car 233,987 41.2% -13%
269,919 43.5% -21%
Elantra 147,018 25.9% 12% 131,753 21.2% -24%
Sonata 86,969 15.3% -37% 138,166 22.3% -18%
Kia Car 98,896 17.4% 3% 96,444 15.5% -14%
Optima 98,896

96,444

Total Car 332,883 58.6% -9% 366,363 59.1% -20%
Hyundai Trk 104,013 18.3% -21% 132,456 21.4% -6%
Sante Fe 104,013

132,456

Kia Truck 130,701 23.0% 8% 121,562 19.6% -22%
Sorento 130,701

121,562

Total Truck 234,714 41.4% -8% 254,018 40.9% -14%
Grand Total 567,597
-9% 620,381
-17%

Mexico: The plant here only opened in 2016 and is still growing strongly with +106% and +33% increases. There is concern about access to the US and contingency plans are in place for export elsewhere. The 144,000 sales in Mexico is half of production total.

Mexico Production – Hyundai/Kia
Model 2018 % +/-
2017 % +/-
Kia Car 237,626 80.7% 15%
206,420 93.2% 92%
Forte 136,529 46.3% 19% 114,791 51.8% 7%
Rio 101,097 34.3% 10% 91,629 41.4% n/a
Hyundai Car 56,974 19.3% 278% 15,080 6.8% n/a
Accent 56,974

15,080

Grand Total 294,600
33% 221,500
106%

Mexico: 2014 marked the year that Mazda opened the plant here. It's part of Mazda increasing its limited overseas production. The 2 and 3 car models are made and the volume is fairly steady. With 58,000 local sales, exports are a big part of keeping the operation viable.

Mexico Production – Mazda
Model 2018 % +/-
2017 % +/-
3 106,356 71.1% -1%
107,813 76.0% -6%
2 43,233 28.9% 27% 33,961 24.0% -2%
Grand Total 149,589
6% 141,774
-5%

Please note that figures can vary slightly depending on the source.

16 March 2019

Subaru/Tesla US Production (Model) : 2017-18


Two brands that have no connection but as both are not large operations, I combined them.

USA: Production grew 22% in 2017, but came to a halt in 2018, despite the Ascent truck arriving on the scene. The Outback remains the main model. With an impressive 680,000 vehicles sold in the US in 2018, it is a net importer.

USA Production – Subaru
Model 2018 % +/-
2017 % +/-

Subaru Car 311,663 86.7% -14%
363,414 22%
Outback 195,051 54.3% -5% 204,930 56.4% -2%
Impreza 76,417 21.3% -30% 109,038 30.0% 714%
Legacy 40,195 11.2% -19% 49,446 13.6% -34%
Subaru Truck 47,736 13.3% n/a -

Ascent 47,736




Grand Total 359,399
-1% 363,414
22%


USA: Sales are growing quickly and production is having to move quickly to meet demand. The increase of 150% in 2018 was due to the 3 model. Sales figures are hard to verify but safe to say it is a small net exporter of cars.

USA Production – Tesla
Model 2018 % +/-
2017 % +/-

Tesla Car 211,203 81.1% 204%
69,508 66.8% 20%
3 157,108 60.3% n/a 2,685 2.6%
S 54,095 20.8% -19% 66,823 64.2% 16%
Tesla Truck 49,314 18.9% 43% 34,504 33.2% 32%
X 49,314

34,504

Grand Total 260,517
150% 104,012
24%


Please note that figures can vary slightly depending on the source.