27 March 2012

Fuel Prices Are Too Low

Petrol and diesel prices are considered very high by most people. You get the impression that they will only get higher in the long run, because reserves are dwindling while demand rises. These fuels are essential for shipping and aviation but not so much for cars. So why are people not switching to vehicles with alternative fuels? Because such vehicles cost more to buy and the current fuels are still affordable for most. In fact to recoup the initial extra cost of purchase, it is still the better financial option to buy a petrol or diesel car...unless those fuels get quite a bit more expensive.

Eventually cars would have to be powered by other means anyway, because petroleum is running out. What is holding back change is the fact that fuel is still too cheap. A valuable resource is being wasted on cars. People should be taking public transport, cycling or walking whenever they can, to reduce the use of these fossil fuels. Avoiding gas guzzlers is a minimum.

Much higher prices of petrol will force change, change that needs to happen. Such changes are unpopular politically, so governments are reluctant to act. Manufacturer's options are limited by technology. Infrastructure changes are complex and costly. Consumers only react when the wallet is hit hard, which is understandable. Therefore, expect nothing to change in the near future.

Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

24 March 2012

L Rover - 25 Years In The USA: Summary (Part 3)

When Land Rover came to the US, sales were modest. That was to be expected as the Range Rover model that was the entire range was trailblazing the luxury SUV category. With that segment gaining popularity and new models being added, the marque accelerated in the mid 90's. Today Land Rover has a strong following in the country, and the US is a very important market for it.

Below is a summary of sales for each model and the total figure, the average sales per year and the number of years is in brackets (in the case of the Evoque, months).

Disco 248,200 (13,8 – 18y)
R Rover 185,300 (7,4 – 25y)
RR Sp 99,100 (14,2 – 7y)
Freelan 59,600 (6,0 – 10y)
Defendr 6,600 (1,3 – 5y)
Evoque 3,600 (9,1 – 4mth)
Total 602,000 (24,1 – 25y)

LR just passed the 600k milestone in 25 years, so a fine result. The Evoque for now will add to the success and later the new Defender. The RR Sport however, looks set to continue being a top seller in the range.

For other similar articles, simply click on the dates: 
1987-20002001-2012 & 2001-2015 (update).

23 March 2012

L Rover - 25 Years In The USA: 2001-12 (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a three part series covering LR USA.

After the demise of the Defender in the US, the brand soldiered on with just two models until 2001, when the Freelander debuted. It was never that popular in the US, and the name was changed to the LR2 in 2007.

The Discovery became the LR3 in 2004 and in 2009 the LR4.

Year Total Discovery R Rover Freelander
2001 27,200 20,100 5,800 1,300
2002 41,000 17,400 8,600 15,000
2003 39,000 17,400 12,100 9,500
2004 35,500 16,500 13,600 5,400

In 2005, the RR Sport joined the range it was an instant success. It quickly became the best selling model of the range and has stayed so since.

Year Total RR Sp R Rover Disco Freel Evoq
2005 46,200 10,500 13,400 20,200 2,100 -
2006 47,800 18,800 12,000 16,900 100 -
2007 49,500 17,000 12,300 11,000 9,200 -
2008 29,200 11,700 8,100 3,900 5,500 -
2009 26,300 11,400 7,300 3,200 4,400 -
2010 31,900 12,400 8,700 7,100 3,700 -
2011 38,100 15,300 9,800 8,000 2,800 2,200

You can see the effect of the enonomic downturn in 2008. LR maintained market share and has increased it since.
In the short time the Evoque was sold during 2011 in the US, it already made a mark on the chart. In 2012, for the first two months below, the Evoque was already second among the models.

YearTotalRR SpEvoqR RovDiscoFreel

For other similar articles, simply click on the dates: 
1987-2000Summary & 2001-2015 (update).

Pics: Wikipedia

22 March 2012

L Rover - 25 Years In the USA: 1987-00 (Part 1)

This is the first of three installments, tracking LR sales in the USA.

Despite the fact that Land Rovers have been around since 1948 and Range Rovers from 1970, LR only made it to the States in 1987. Initially sales were only the Range Rover, the Defender arriving in 1993 and the Discovery model in 1994. Below are sales for those years by model:

Year R Rover Defend
1987 2,600 -
1988 3,400 -
1989 4,800 -
1990 4,600 -
1991 3,300 -
1992 3,900 -
1993 4,600 300

Year Total Disco R Rov Defend
1994 12,000 6,500 4,050 1,450
1995 19,800 11,600 6,650 1,550
1996 23,200 15,500 7,100 600
1997 23,800 14,700 6,600 2,500
1998 21,400 14,200 7,100 100
1999 29,400 21,900 7,500 -
2000 27,100 20,800 6,300 -

The Defender only lasted until 1998, when new safety rules forced it out of the US market. As for the Discovery, it became the largest seeing model from introduction for the remainder of the sales period above.

For other similar articles, simply click on the dates: 
2001-2012 Summary & 2001-2015 (update).

Pic: Range Rover - http://ucapusa.com
Discovery - www.automobilemag.com

21 March 2012

Light Truck Production USA: 2011

Ford is consolidating its position as the largest light truck maker in the US. Nearly 720,000 F Series trucks rolled off Ford production lines. Jeep grew strongly, thanks mainly to sizable increases for both the Compass and Grand Cherokee models. BMW benefited from the X3's growth.

1 Ford Total 1,521,000 +16.8%
Ford 1,511,000 +19.7%
Lincoln 10,000 -2.4%

2 GM Total 1,158,000 +3.5%
Chevrolet 724,000 +6.9%
GMC 340,000 +3.9%
Buick 69,000 -7.1%
Cadillac 24,000 -31.8%
Saab 500 new

3 Chrysler Total 906,000 +35.5%
Jeep 595,000 +35.1%
Ram 195,000 +9.4%
Dodge 116,000 +132%

4 Honda Total 461,000 -6.9%
Honda 441,500 -7.0%
Acura 19,500 -4.8%

5 Toyota Tot 396,000 -6.8%
6 BMW 277,000 +75.7%
7 Hyundai Total 243,000 +12.8%

Kia 151,000 +22.1%
Hyundai 92,000 +0.5%

8 Nissan Total 179,000 +9.0%
9 Mercedes 141,000 +6.2%
10 Subaru 115,000 +1.0%

Others 17,000
Total 5,417,000 +9.9%

Image: Larry W. Smith/Getty

20 March 2012

Car Production USA: 2011

A modest increase in car production for the US, bearing in mind these figures exclude light trucks. Honda slipped down from 3rd th 6th, and Ford nearly went past falling Toyota production.

Chevrolet benefited from the Cruze model - up over 300% while Hyundai enjoyed strong increase in Elantra production. For Honda, the Accord model took a sizable fall in numbers.

1 GM Total 1,891,000 +0.8%
Chevrolet 558,000 +35.7%
Buick 84,000 -18.2%
Cadillac 73,000 -15.4%

2 Toyota 397,000 -24.0%
3 Ford Total 389,000 +3.4%
Ford 376,000 +4.5%
Lincoln 13,000 -20.5%

4 Nissan 384,000 +10.7%
5 Hyundai Total 381,000 +59.8%
Hyundai 342,000 +43.5%
Kia 39,000 New

6 Honda Total 365,000 -20.5%
Honda 331,000 -21.9%
Acura 34,000 -2.9%

7 Chrysler Total 250,000 -3.1%
Dodge 128,000 +0.6%
Chrysler 122,000 +190%

8 Subaru 47,000 +6.5%
9 Mazda 39,000 -14.5%
10 VW 32,000 New
11 Mitsubishi 26,500 +15.4%
Total 3,318,000 +5.9%

As a nation that seems to prefer trucks, that is where its manufacturing strength is.

Pic: ABC News - Scott Olson/Getty Images

19 March 2012

Vehicle Production Mexico: 2011

Vehicle manufacturing is an important industry for the country. There are not many brands involved but volumes are solid.

First up is car figures. For years there was little variation, but things have accelerated of late, with 2011 very successful.

1 Nissan 542,000 +18.8%
2 VW 515,000 +18.4%
3 Ford 455,000 +16.5%
4 GM 139,000 -21.6%
5 Fiat 57,000 New
Total 1,707,000 +16.1%

Now for Light Trucks. Production numbers also were stable for some time, but again taken off in the last couple of years.

1 GM 411,000 +7.4%
2 Chrysler 251,000 +2.1%
3 Nissan 79,500 +58.1%
4 Toyota 50,000 -6.6%
5 Honda 47,000 -13.9%
6 Fiat 33,000 New
7 Ford 7,000 +74.0%
Total 878,500 +3.4%

Combined car/LT of 2,678,000 is substantial. This will do wonders for the Mexican economy. Brazil is unhappy with imports from here, so future increases may be tempered by some sort of capping exports to that important market for Mexico.

17 March 2012

Car Sales Malaysia: 2011

Car sales in Malaysia were down slightly in 2011, but 2010 was a record year so 2011 was strong. Local brands Perodua (who make Daihatsu cars under license) and Proton took nearly two thirds of the market, not what it used to be but substantial nonetheless.

Below are sales by brand and increase/decrease:

1 Perodua 179,989 -4.6%
2 Proton 158,601 +1.0%
3 Toyota 63,493 -10.7%
4 Honda 32,480 -27.0%
5 Nissan 25,504 -3.1%
6 Kia-Naza 11,088 +7.3%
7 Hyundai-Inok 10,287 +12.0%
8 VW 7,350 +162%
9 Suzuki 7,308 +8.3%
10 Mazda 5,716 +38.6%
11 Mercedes 5,439 +8.2%
12 Peugeot 5,345 +109%
13 BMW 5,000 +24.8%
14 Ford 4,839 +404%
15 Mitsubishi 3,755 -7.3%
16 Chery 2,997 -1.4%
17 Lexus 1,711 +297%
18 Chevolet 1,272 +136%
19 Audi 927 +25.1%
20 Volvo 801 +19.0%
21 Porsche 415 +229
22 MINI 301 +35.6%
23 Ssangyong 244 +0.8%
24 Land Rover 133 -15.3%
25 Renault 91 +26.4%
Other 27
Total 535,113
1.6% decrease.

Lesser brands seem to be making inroads, but still have a way to go to make any real impact.

Source: MAA

16 March 2012

The Rover 75

The Rover 75 was to be the saviour of MG Rover. It was to replace two cars, the 600 and 800. A good deal of money was spent in making it a quality offering. However, it didn't sell well, as the production figures below testify. The second figures from 2001 were for the MG ZT variation:

1999 53,700
2000 31,300
2001 33,800 3,500
2002 32,100 6,900
2003 30,400 8,000
2004 24,200 6,800
2005 5,200 1,800
(partial year)
Total 210,800 27,100

Owners of the time BMW hoped for 100,000 sales plus, but those production figures were well short of that. What went wrong?

First, Owner BMW didn't want the car to compete with it's cars so went for a pleasant driving, or old fashioned styled vehicle. That appealed to some, but not enough.

Second: Instead of focusing on the vehicle, BMW CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder used the launch of the car to raise negative issues that questioned the future of MG Rover. That must have adversely affected sales.

So while the 75 was a fine car of excellent quality, it under sold in a big way. It deserved better but failed to exceed the Rover 600 sales, let alone adding the 800, both of which it replaced. As I have stated before BMW mishandled the Rover brand. The Rover 75 should have succeeded but didn't; those that bought one got a very nice car.

Fiat 500L

Fiat used to have the 600 and 600 Multipla models, bigger versions of the tiny 500. It has revealed a new 600 (or Multipla?) at the Geneva show, called the 500L. L stands for large. I don't know why they are using the 500 designation if they are drawing on historical models for the current range.

It looks the part at the front end but seems contrived at the rear. It's not a looker, is it? Will it sell? I am thinking yes, as it is so much more practical than the 500(S). For that reason, there will be a big drop in the 500's sales when the L model hits the showrooms. However, I don't think brands such as MINI have anything to worry about.

15 March 2012

Protected Car Markets

The uneven playing field that is trade never ceases to amaze me. China slaps hefty duties on imported vehicles, which forces anyone wishing to sell cars in any meaningful volume to make them locally. Yet China doesn't face the same duties when it exports. China now has a massive trade surplus, yet the system continues uncontested.

Another country that follows a similar pattern is Brazil. The difference is that it has exemptions such as the trade deal with Mexico, signed in 2002. Recently the flow of cars from Mexico into Brazil has increased dramatically. Mexico has offered to cap imports at their present level. Brazil wants the number of imports slashed by more than a third, as it has a large car making industry it is trying to protect. Brazil may pull out of the trade deal altogether.

The outcome: With China, overseas companies have set up production plants, sold millions of cars and made piles of money. They won't be complaining...until their home markets start to get flooded by Chinese made cars in the future. With Brazil, it's relatively inefficient car industry will be protected by a broken trade deal, if not through mutual agreement.

14 March 2012

The Bentley SUV; Sanity Prevails

Every vehicle made by marques such as Land Rover, Jaguar and Aston Martin are beautiful. There is a high quality of style with such British brands. Bentley cars aren't quite in that league when it comes to good looks, but they are acceptable. German car design is to my eyes possibly the worst there is, no offence meant to any readers from that nation. I think designers from Germany hijacked Bentley's design studio when they came up with the SUV concept released at the Geneva Car Show (Bentley is owned by VW for those not au fait with such things).

The first thing I thought was London Taxi, albeit super sized. The Bentley marque needs much better than that. Then I saw the rear view and I got a hint of Porsche Cayenne. Why would you want to have even a whiff of that ugly vehicle anywhere near the design of a Bentley?

Well I am not alone in my negative views. The concept has been canned and it is back to the drawing board. Phew! Hopefully next time they will do something much, much better. Something with style would be nice. Something pleasing to the eye.

13 March 2012

VW Group Worldwide Sales By Region: 2012

I already have had a request for breakdown by region for VW Group 2011, so here it is (see below for part 1). Western Europe is the biggest region but China easily so by country. Below are the 2011 and 2010 sales, followed by the percentage increase or decrease. Top nations in various regions are included as a no cost bonus.

Western Europe 3,131,000 2,882,000 +8.6
Germany 1,153,000 1,035,000 +11.4
United Kingdom 409,000 377,000 +8.3
France 299,000 268,000 +11.7
Italy 245,000 241,000 +1.6
Spain 213,000 245,000 –13.2

Central & East Europe 547,582 423,209 +29.4
Russia 229,000 131,000 +74.4
Czech Rep 83,000 81,000 +2
Poland 73,000 80,000 –8.4

North America 667,000 549,000 +21.4
USA 444,000 360,000 +23.3
Mexico 153,000 129,000 +18.4
Canada 69,500 59,743 +16.3

South America 933,000 888,000 +5.1
Brazil 705,000 712,000 –1.0
Argentina 178,000 134,000 +33

Asia-Pacific 2,570,000 2,141,000 +20
China 2,259,000 1,923,000 +17.4
India 111,637 53,341 +109
Japan 72,000 64,000 +12.1

Remaining markets 313,000 257,000 +21.9
Turkey 108,000 85,000 +27.4
South Africa 99,000 71,000 +39.4

Worldwide 8,160,000 7,139,000 +14.3

I commend VW for its openness and common sense. An article like this is positive publicity. As to why many other car companies fail to be more open, even when the data is very upbeat makes you wonder about the management skills within those firms.

Source: VW

VW Group Worldwide Sales By Brand: 2011

VW call them deliveries, I presume that means sales. Anyway, the VW Group did well in 2011. This is a company in a hurry, impatient to be the biggest in the business. They should do it, but much depends on China. Sales are stalling there and VW Group is so strong in that market. Of course, VW are pushing hard in all markets, but could be more evenly spread around the world, in other words is still a small player in some places. Below are sales for 2011 and then 2010, with the percentage change at the end:

Worldwide 8,160,154
7,139,472 +14.3

VW Cars 5,090,849 4,502,832 +13.1

Audi 1,302,659
1,092,411 +19.2

Škoda 879,184
762,600 +15.3

SEAT 350,009
339,501 +3.1

Bentley 7,003 5,117 +36.9

Lamborghini 1,602 1,302 +23.0

Bugatti 38 40 –5.0

VW Commercial 528,810 435,669 +21.4

VW is bullish about 2012, but Europe is in poor shape and China uncertain as mentioned. The SEAT brand still looks the weak link, while on the other hand Audi is the money tree.

Statistics: Volkswagen

10 March 2012

UK Car Making On The Up In 2012

It must be said that UK car making isn't as big as it should have been due to the total mismanagement of the industry in the 70s. Having said that, it is surprisingly strong when compared to the dark days of the 80s. Most local brands went under, the American brands largely left (GM seems to want to close the last plant) but the Japanese came in. They liked what they saw and liked even more what they got, a keen and skilled workforce. So what is the good news?

Land Rover: The Halewood plant is struggling to supply enough Evoque SUVs, so a third shift is being added - creating 1,000 jobs - to help meet demand. LR sales are very strong presently.

Toyota: Toyota is taking on more workers at its plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, to increase 'C' segment car production.

Honda: A second shift is being added to the Civic assembly line, nearly doubling production. This is apparently to offset problems with the high Yen and unprofitable car making in Japan.

Nissan: On top of strong demand for Qashqai and Juke, 2013 will see a new model, a small car (pictured) being introduced.

All in all a positive picture amid the gloom of economic uncertainty. The loyalty of the Japanese companies gives stability. UK car making is still dwarfed by Japanese and German car making for example, but is proving resilient enough to provide job security and even new employment opportunities.

09 March 2012

The European Car Making Mess

I wrote this article in December 2009: http://tiny.cc/BVGf2b
Just over two years later little has been done about European overcapacity. Both Fiat and GM closed a plant in 2011, but that was not enough by far. GM and PSA are trying to save costs with a cooperation deal as I mentioned in a recent article. That will achieve little if they both fail to bite the bullet and close factories. So what is the problem?

The Problem: Depressed Sales. Europe is in a financial squeeze and the brands hurting are the makers of standard, everyday cars. Premium brands are doing fine.

The Reaction So Far: Slash prices to try keep people buying cars. With no end in sight to the economic woes, this means big losses.

What To Do: Reduce capacity. Not too much though as any future economic improvement needs to be met, but enough to get operating costs down.

Why It Hasn't Happened: It is a very unpopular thing to do. Politicians get involved when plant closures get mentioned and government meddling always makes things worse.

Those Most Affected: Fiat, PSA, Renault and GM Opel/Vauxhall.

To Be Done: Some car plants in France need to close, another in Italy for Fiat and one GM plant (obviously one of the three German plants). This is a minimum.

Will It Happen?: It has to, but how it is handled will say much about Europe.

07 March 2012

Jaguar XF Shooting Brake

Just released in Geneva, the XF Shooting Brake. Originally the term 'Shooting Brake' was a vehicle to take gentlemen out shooting, with all that entailed. The Wagon or Estate car that Jaguar has released is due to hit European showrooms in the third quarter of 2012. I have to say that it will sell well, due it gorgeous styling. Their is nothing on the market in that segment that looks so beautiful and graceful.

It will not be going Stateside, because the cost of meeting US regulations as opposed to sales that would have been achieved meant the business case didn't stack up. Why do the US and Europe have differing standards for safety? Which region therefore has the safer cars? Anyway, the the US misses out and unfortunately it is their loss. The fact that the car is exclusively diesel powered (2.2 or 3.0 Litre) would have been a no go for the US in any case.

People want more than just transport. They want style, class and if possible beauty. This car has all that in spades. It seems JLR can do no wrong presently.

Pics: www.autoblog.com

06 March 2012

Older Cars Where I Live

I was on my bike yesterday around the town I live and I took my camera. Well, I came across three old cars. I took snaps of them and here they are:

A 1957 Ford Prefect. A mild climate and a not too strict warrant of fitness regime means as long as they are reasonably maintained, you can have one. Something different. This is the 100E model and it was made from 1953 to 1959. A total of 100,554 were produced produced according to Wiki. That's just over 16,500 per annum, not large numbers.

1939 Austin 10.According to Wiki: It was launched in 1932 and was Austin's best-selling car in the 1930s and continued in production, with upgrades, until 1947.
I haven't seen them around that I recall, so I was thinking it was fortuitous that my camera was at the ready.
Apparently 290,000 were made in total in the fifteen odd years they were made. I was amazed to think that the '10' was the best seller for the brand but on average less than 20,000 were made per year.

1964 Bond Equipe GT. Just when I though that was as good as it could get, the pièce de résistance. According to the official Bond car website, only 4,389 Equipe were ever made. I didn't know there were so many model variants or I would have taken greater note of what this one was.
Now drawing on Wiki
"The original Equipe, the GT, was based on the Triumph Herald chassis with a fastback fibreglass body and also utilised further Triumph parts including the windscreen / scuttle assembly, and doors. The September 1964 GT4S model saw revisions to the body with twin headlights and an opening rear boot. It was powered by the same, mildly tuned up Herald-based 1147 cc engine used in the Triumph Spitfire".
So the twin headlamps then suggest the GT4S model of which 1,934 were produced. One of them made it down to New Zealand and still in use. I noticed the seats needed reupholstering but overall in good condition.

Quite a mix of older cars. Nice to see people still value this sort of vehicle.

05 March 2012

LR Defender Sales By Country: 2011

The Land Rover Defender is coming to the end of its long and illustrious career. Yes, there will be a replacement, but it will be different and it has to be. No vehicle has a right to last essentially unchanged for over sixty years. Yet the Landie has.

Establishing sales data by country for this model is difficult. In Europe, many are sold as commercial vehicles, which are rarely broken down by individual model. It would be easy to assume that any commercial Land Rover is a Defender, but that is not always so. Other LR models can be found there too, so rather than assume, I only list the ones I know. In places where I know there are many more hidden Defender sales, I have italicised the listing as the sales I know of:

1 UK 5,517
2 France 1,216
3 Spain 909
4 South Africa 628
5 Australia 536
6 Russia 280
7 Netherlands 131
8 Poland 104
9 Brazil 57
10 Germany 47
10 Sweden 47
12 Czech Rep 39
13 Switzerland 38
14 Argentina 30
15 Iceland 15
16 Romania 11
17 Denmark 8
18 UAE 7
19 Slovakia 5
20 Austria 4
21 New Zealand 2
22 Greece 1
22 Latvia 1

Nations such as Germany should be high up the list, but unless I find out for certain, those sales are listed below. This lower list are Land Rover commercial sales unspecified:

1 Germany 1,638
2 Norway 264
3 Austria 261
4 Switzerland 214
5 Ireland 154
6 France 120
7 Czech Rep 105
8 Sweden 38
9 Finland 32
10 New Zealand 31

As more data is available to yours truly, I will update the lists. Last updated 20.04.12

Pics: www.classicdriver.com

03 March 2012

UK Net Car Importer

Most countries are 100% net car importers as they have no car manufacturing. Even some car making nations are still net importers due to the limited nature of production. The UK falls into that latter category. So by how much? Well, if you make local car sales 100%, then measure production against that you can find out. If production is half of domestic sales, then the figure is 50%. So we are not talking rocket science. Seeing as production is always below sales here, I will call it 'Nett Production Deficit' or NPD.

Below is the year, UK car production, the NPD figure, the best performing brand that year, and the amount that production exceeded that brand's local sales for the year:

1990 1,296,000 64.5% MGRover +146,000
1991 1,237,000 77.7% MGRover +143,000
1992 1,292,000 81.1% MGRover +138,000
1993 1,376,000 77.3% Nissan +157,000
1994 1,467,000 76.7% MGRover +170,000
1995 1,532,000 78.8% MGRover +162,000
1996 1,686,000 79.3% MGRover +177,000
1997 1,712,000 78.9% MGRover +200,000
1998 1,761,000 78.4% Nissan +188,000
1999 1,799,000 80.1% Nissan +176,000
2000 1,641,000 73.9% Nissan +243,000
2001 1,492,000 60.7% Nissan +190,000
2002 1,626,000 63.4% Nissan +196,000
2003 1,658,000 64.6% Nissan +226,000
2004 1,647,000 64.2% Nissan +230,000
2005 1,592,000 65.2% Nissan +228,000
2006 1,442,000 61.5% Nissan +232,000
2007 1,535,000 63.9% Nissan +287,000
2008 1,447,000 67.9% Nissan +321,000
2009 999,000 50.1% Nissan +258,000
2010 1,271,000 62.6% Nissan +333,000
2011 1,344,000 69.2% Nissan +384,000

In that period, 1999 was the highest production of 1.8m, In 1992 the UK got closest to overturning the NPD (81.1%). Nissan's monstrous 384k more cars exported than Nissans sold locally in 2011 must be an all time record net figure. Without Nissan's contribution, the UK NPD would have declined from 69.2% to 44.5%.

For those who enjoy an analysis such as this, I hope you liked it. There is so much more I could have added, but mercifully I didn't ;-0

Jaguar XK Sales By Country: 2011

The XK is a fine car. Nothing covers ground in such an effortless way. Jaguar say "Breathtaking performance, sporting luxury and advanced technologies create a grand tourer with the heart and soul of a sports car". That says it very well.

1 USA 1,738
2 UK 1,336
3 Germany 560
4 Canada 148
4 Italy 148
6 France 133
7 Switzerland 77
8 South Africa 67
9 Australia 55
10 Spain 49
11 Russia 35
12 Netherlands 24
13 Brazil 21
14 Austria 17
15 Czech Rep 9
15 Poland 9
17 Denmark 3
18 Argentina 2
18 Litchten 2
18 Norway 2
18 Romania 2
18 Slovakia 2
18 New Zealand 2
24 Greece 1
24 Ireland 1
24 Slovenia 1

Sales for other years can be accessed by clicking on the following years:
2013, 2012, 2010, and the second part of 2009.

Last updated 18.05.12

02 March 2012


GM has bought a 7% share of PSA (Peugeot and Citroen). I don't see why they would. Back in the year 2000, GM bought 20% of Fiat, which was to save them both handsomely in financial terms. It didn't turn out to be that way, so GM decided to leave the alliance. To do so, GM had to pay Fiat $2bn to get out.

This time round, the venture is more limited in scope. Any real savings will take years to materialise. They will share engineering development and hope to launch the first common design in five years time. They will also combine purchasing and by 2017 they plan to save $2bn a year. GM Europe and PSA lose money in Europe, so that is an incentive to link arms.

It appears to be a cautious arrangement that may end up giving neither party that much. The good news is that even if that is the outcome, it shouldn't hurt either company either.

01 March 2012

RR Evoque Sales By Country: 2011

I wondered whether to bother about sharing Evoque's sales as it was released not long ago, so they cover only a short duration of the year. This also means that some countries got the car sooner than others, so that skews the figures against some nations. So taking that into account, here are the 2011 Evoque sales from certain nations only.

1 UK 4,839
2 USA 2,244
3 France 1,500
4 Russia 1,123
5 Germany 1,058
6 Spain 911
7 Brazil 863
8 South Africa 638
9 Switzerland 436
10 Canada 412
11 Austria 248
12 Australia 230
13 Netherlands 189
14 UAE 169
15 Norway 149
16 Sweden 114
17 Ireland 52
18 Saudi Arabia 52
19 Denmark 50
20 Czech 45
21 Romania 38
22 Kuwait 35
23 Finland 28
24 Dom Rep 27
24 Slovakia 27
26 Slovenia 26
27 Oman 21
28 Qatar 18
29 Latvia 9
30 Bahrain 8
30 Belarus 8
32 Estonia 6

There is a long waiting list for this vehicle, so the success is undoubted. Land Rover underestimated the popularity the Evoque would have. Perhaps they should have asked me, or anyone else for that matter, and that misconception could have been clarified. I mean, hello? I'm sure LR is working hard to increase supply.

Last updated 17.03.12.