31 December 2019

Carlos Ghosn Leaves Japan

Carlos Ghosn has been on bail since April, charged with financial misconduct which he denies. He spent over 120 days in detention but was allowed out under strict bail condition (a $9 million bond paid as part of that) and was expected to face trial in April 2020. He was under surveillance by authorities while awaiting his court case.

Interestingly, the Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs had visited Beirut recently, meeting with the Lebanese president and foreign minister. That may be irrelevant but I it may also be a pivotal point in how suddenly Mr Ghosn was able to leave the country without any apparent incident. Carlos Ghosn arrived in Beirut from Turkey but details of how he was able to leave Tokyo remain unclear.

I find it strange how this all happened. Was a deal struck that enabled this to take place? The case was shining a light on the Japanese judicial system and compared to Western standards, it raised questions on the way an accused is treated. As the investigation proceeded, the corporate dealings of Nissan were being highlighted.

Maybe it was best that this matter be put to rest by allowing his departure. My call at this early stage is that some sort of deal was struck but it could have been a clever plan too. I like to say that time will tell but we may never find out the real reason(s).

30 December 2019

Top 30 Global Brands : 2017-2018



Brand 2018
Brand 2017

1 Toyota 8,755,000 - 1 Toyota 8,595,000

2 Volkswagen 6,940,000 - 2 Volkswagen 6,815,000

3 Ford 5,560,000 - 3 Ford 6,015,000

4 Honda 5,025,000 - 4 Honda 5,080,000

5 Nissan 4,970,000 - 5 Nissan 5,025,000

6 Hyundai 4,535,000 - 6 Hyundai 4,435,000

7 Chevrolet 4,150,000 - 7 Chevrolet 4,140,000

8 Suzuki 3,070,000 - 8 Suzuki 3,030,000

9 Kia 2,900,000 - 9 Kia 2,795,000

10 Mercedes 2,585,000 +1 10 Renault 2,665,000

11 Renault 2,555,000 -1 11 Mercedes 2,525,000

12 BMW 2,130,000 - 12 BMW 2,075,000

13 Peugeot 1,995,000 - 13 Peugeot 2,065,000

14 Audi 1,820,000 14 Audi 1,860,000

15 Mazda 1,610,000 +1 15 Fiat 1,645,000

16 Jeep 1,590,000 +3 16 Mazda 1,560,000

17 Fiat 1,480,000 -2 17 Buick 1,450,000

18 Geely 1,455,000 +2 18 Changan 1,425,000

19 Buick 1,345,000 -2 19 Jeep 1,405,000

20 Skoda 1,280,000 +1 20 Geely 1,260,000

21 Changan 1,255,000 -3 21 Skoda 1,205,000

22 Mitsubishi 1,215,000 +5 22 Wuling 1,135,000

23 Wuling 1,105,000 -1 23 Opel 1,095,000

24 Citroën 1,065,000 +1 24 Subaru 1,045,000

25 Subaru 1,055,000 -1 25 Citroën 1,032,000

26 Opel 1,010,000 -3 26 Baojun 1,018,000

27 Baojun 945,000 -1 27 Mitsubishi 1,015,000

28 Dongfeng 820,000 - 28 Dongfeng 945,000

29 Haval 750,000 - 29 Haval 855,000

30 Ram 720,000 +1 30 Daihatsu 715,000

28 December 2019

Jaguar Production (Nation & Model) : 2016-18


The data below is not from Jaguar but is the closest that I can get to the true amount. It would be fair to say it is close to the official figures. The vehicle range is assembled in three countries, the UK (53%), Austria  (31%) and China (16%). Global sales are added for comparison.

The F-Pace sales have held up well. The E-Pace has had little impact and being a completely new model it can have a burst and slump scenario, which hasn't happened in this case. Cars are on a downward plunge but that is a trend that sees no end.


TOTAL PRODUCTION

Year/Model 18 17 16

Grand Total 178,376 158,976 177,379

F-Pace 56,957 72,759 66,532

E-Pace 48,766 261

XE 25,793 31,004 48,915

XF 25,509 38,236 38,345

i-Pace 9,091

F-Type 7,179 8,407 12,318

XJ 5,081 8,309 11,269



Global Sales 180,833 178,601 148,730



China now makes about the same number of XE/XF as the UK does, which shows that the traditional car is still quite popular in that nation. The F-Type is doing well enough and the XJ is in run out mode. It will be interesting to see what replaces it.


UK PRODUCTION

Year/Model 18 17 16

UK 94,879 136,656 172,547

F-Pace 56,957 72,759 66,532

XE 14,601 29,254 48,915

XF 11,061 17,927 33,513

F-Type 7,179 8,407 12,318

XJ 5,081 8,309 11,269



OVERSEAS PRODUCTION

Year/Model 18 17 16

AUSTRIA 54,916 261

E-Pace 45,825 261

i-Pace 9,091




CHINA 28,581 22,059 4,832

XFL 14,448 20,309 4,832

XEL 11,192 1,750

E-Pace 2,941



26 December 2019

Land Rover Production (Nation & Model) : 2016-18


The data below is not from LR so is the closest that I can get to the true amount. It would be fair to say it isn't that far off the mark. The vehicle range is assembled in three countries, the UK (89%), China (10%) and Brazil (1%). Global sales are added for comparison.

The two largest models in terms of volume for 2018 dropped by some margin as they were both in need of a new model/make over, which they both got during 2019. 2020 should reveal the benefit in full. The RR Sport and Range Rover have a consistency of sales that any company would love to have. The Discovery is a fine vehicle but the latest model is under performing.


TOTAL PRODUCTION

Year/Model 18 17 16

Grand Total 399,403 460,963 414,520

Disco Sport 90,177 121,374 115,649

RR Sport 81,537 78,882 90,882

Evoque 69,789 103,761 110,699

Velar 60,722 48,845

Range Rover 56,672 55,844 54,728

Discovery 40,506 52,257 39,857

Defender

2,705



Global Sales 411,875 442,508 434,583



All of the models were made in the UK but that will change with the plant in Slovakia coming on line. The Discovery and new Defender will be assembled at that facility, but not the UK. The Discovery Sport and Evoque are made in all three countries.


UK PRODUCTION

Year/Model 18 17 16

UK 354,425 395,451 371,854

RR Sport 81,537 78,882 90,882

Velar 60,722 48,845

Evoque 57,982 84,107 96,498

Disco Sport 57,006 75,516 89,004

Range Rover 56,672 55,844 54,728

Discovery 40,506 52,257 39,857

Defender

2,705



OVERSEAS PRODUCTION

Year/Model 18 17 16

CHINA 41,207 61,530 38,866

Disco Sport 30,854 43,520 25,353

Evoque 10,353 18,010 13,513



BRAZIL 3,771 3,982 1,980

Disco Sport 2,317 2,338 1,292

Evoque 1,454 1,644 688