07 October 2020

The Journey Is Over... Certainly For Now


I have in the past made my feelings known about change that is the answer to the question no one was asking. I also dislike a system that is so monetarily driven, that forces change and expense. Google Blogger has foisted a new Blogger interface on users that isn’t wanted by many. I do not allow any advertising on the blog anyway so in that sense am not playing the ‘let’s make Google richer by plastering aggressive ads all over each post’.

I wrote to Google asking that the older legacy blogger be retained. Not only did they not answer but have now removed the legacy option completely. My ageing browser has also been shut out of the system, not because it doesn’t work but they have chosen to institute a block. I can’t do that without buying a new computer and they aren’t offering to pay. I don’t throw out things that work perfectly. I may have to anyway, the system at large forcing me. 

My philosophy is the world has created a treadmill that we are subtly bullied into running on. I prefer a simple life, being satisfied with enough. I have been sharing this blog at a cost to my time but of no cost to the user. A love of money dehumanises and ultimately destroys whatever has been created. Greed isn’t great. 

Enough of that. If you wish to contact Google Blogger regarding blocking my older browser, please do They don’t have to do it. Either way, all the best.

Ray.

Switzerland Car Sales : Jan-Sep 2020

Renault is doing OK here

Swiss sales were -11% in September and -28% YTD so things are still somewhat depressed. The list has a '+/- Diff' column that compares nine months of 2020 market share with the complete 2019 share. The better selling brands are succeeding more than the minor players, the green (up) and yellow (down) shading highlighting that nicely. There is more green at the top.

Mercedes is closing in on the top placing. Both Benz and BMW are doing well. Ford and Opel both lost ground heavily, with Opel falling from 6th to 17th in a few years. Suzuki and Citroën are likewise going in the same direction. The top five all have German connections.

Škoda has the best selling model in the form of the Octavia (4,646). The VW Tiguan (3,197), Tesla 3 (3,073), Mercedes A-Class and GLC come next (2,579 & 2,525).

Year 2020 Share +/-
17 18 19 20 Brand Sales 2020 2019 Diff
1 1 1 1 VW 17,011 10.4% 11.1% -6%
2 2 2 2 Mercedes 16,468 10.1% 8.6% 17%
3 3 3 3 BMW 14,602 8.9% 8.0% 12%
5 4 4 4 Škoda 13,304 8.1% 7.7% 5%
4 5 5 5 Audi 9,660 5.9% 6.0% -2%
8 7 8 6 Renault 7,983 4.9% 3.8% 30%
9 9 6 7 SEAT 7,802 4.8% 4.6% 3%
7 6 7 8 Ford 6,904 4.2% 4.5% -7%
11 11 9 9 Toyota 6,370 3.9% 3.5% 10%
17 15 11 10 Volvo 5,796 3.5% 2.8% 25%
12 10 13 11 Peugeot 4,618 2.8% 2.8% 2%
13 14 12 12 Hyundai 4,362 2.7% 2.8% -4%
14 13 16 13 Dacia 4,307 2.6% 2.6% 3%
10 12 15 14 Fiat 4,284 2.6% 2.7% -3%
30 31 19 15 Tesla 3,711 2.3% 1.9% 17%
20 19 21 16 MINI 3,441 2.1% 1.6% 33%
6 8 10 17 Opel 3,391 2.1% 3.2% -34%
16 18 17 18 Mazda 3,193 2.0% 2.1% -7%
15 16 14 19 Suzuki 2,803 1.7% 2.7% -37%
28 24 24 20 Mitsubishi 2,742 1.7% 1.4% 21%
23 28 28 21 Porsche 2,699 1.7% 1.2% 33%
18 17 18 22 Citroën 2,564 1.6% 1.9% -20%
25 20 20 23 Chrysler 2,504 1.5% 1.8% -14%
24 21 23 24 Kia 2,471 1.5% 1.4% 4%
19 22 22 25 Nissan 2,024 1.2% 1.6% -21%
26 25 27 26 Land Rover 1,683 1.0% 1.3% -20%
27 27 29 27 Alfa Romeo 1,281 0.8% 0.9% -15%
22 26 25 28 Honda 1,209 0.7% 1.3% -43%
21 23 26 29 Subaru 1,151 0.7% 1.3% -46%
31 30 30 30 Jaguar 697 0.4% 0.7% -40%
34 34 32 31 Lexus 447 0.3% 0.3% -9%
37 37 36 32 Ferrari 411 0.3% 0.1% 89%
35 33 34 33 DS 408 0.2% 0.2% 40%
29 29 31 34 smart 307 0.2% 0.6% -66%
41 41 39 35 Lamborghini 169 0.1% 0.1% 44%
39 38 38 36 Bentley 148 0.1% 0.1% 22%
32 35 37 37 Maserati 146 0.1% 0.1% -26%
40 39 41 38 Aston Martin 88 0.1% 0.1% -7%
36 36 35 39 GM US 68 0.0% 0.2% -76%
- 40 40 40 Alpine 62 0.0% 0.1% -35%
41 44 44 41 Lotus 50 0.0% 0.0% 49%
- - - 42 JAC 49 0.0% - n/a
43 43 43 43 Mclaren 41 0.0% 0.0% -9%
38 42 42 44 Infiniti 35 0.0% 0.0% -47%
44 45 45 45 Rolls Royce 31 0.0% 0.0% -5%

Data source: Auto Schweiz.