14 October 2019

Japanese Production (UK) : 2017/18

Finally the new Juke

Japanese car makers have long been export oriented, pushing into all parts of the globe. One market they have not been as successful is Europe. They did better when they first arrived and showed innovative spirit. However, success led to a more conservative product and in Europe it didn't go down well.

The first plants built in Europe were in the UK, and they are still there. The EU's going to zero tariffs with Japan and the difficulty in being profitable in the region has caused these car makers to reconsider their position. Let's look at each of them.

Nissan: Sales are falling and the sizable operation in Sunderland needs volume to make it worthwhile. I have no idea what the company's plans are and I suspect they haven't decided either. A slight drop of 2% in 2017 have been followed up with an 11% decrease in 2018. The Qashqai could do with a hybrid option and the popular Juke is finally being replaced. The Leaf went well in 2018 but the Infinti Q30/QX30 has been axed.

Nissan
17 18 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 % +/-
1 1 Qashqai 303,742 85.7% -12% 346,771 87.7% 12%
2 2 Juke 79,101 22.3% -25% 104,770 26.5% -5%
4 3 Leaf 46,989 13.3% 180% 16,767 4.2% -4%
3 4 Q/QX30 12,422 3.5% -54% 26,898 6.8% -17%

Total 442,254
-11% 495,206
-2%

Honda: Europe is a challenge for the company as they resist chasing sales with lean margins. They have decided that is more cost effective to move production to other plants that are closer to where they sell more cars. It makes sense but it's not a decision I thought they would make. The Civic became a global export model for Honda UK but too few were sold in Europe. 

Honda
17 18 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 % +/-
1 1 Civic 147,301 41.6% 20% 122,885 31.1% 62%
2 2 CR-V 13,375 3.8% -68% 41,275 10.4% -29%

Total 160,676
-2% 164,160
22%

Toyota: The Auris (now Corolla again) is the mainstay of the operation. The hybrid version is consistently made at about 85,000 units per year and that constitutes the majority of the output. Toyota has recently spent good money upgrading the plant to manufacture the new Corolla. The Avensis is all but dead and late in 2020 Toyota will start making hybrid cars for Suzuki at the plant.  

Toyota
17 18 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 % +/-
1 1 Auris 115,889 32.7% -3% 119,020 30.1% -18%
2 2 Avensis 13,181 3.7% -47% 25,057 6.3% -30%

Total 115,889
-3% 119,020
-34%

10 October 2019

Alfa Romeo Production : 2017/18


Alfa production is only in Italy, so the figures below provide a complete picture. 2017 was 147,000 (+71%) but in 2018 it was 110,000 (-25%). That's quite a turn around but shouldn't be totally unexpected. Besides, back a few years in 2015, production was barely 60,000 so gains have been made.

When a smaller brand enters (or reenters) a new segment, pent up demand pushes up sales and then they go down. The Giulia and Stelvio did just that in 2017 but the big dip followed. That will continue in 2019 as the end of the fall occurs and as sales soften generally. Former FCA Sergio Marchionne had high hopes for Alfa but they were optimistic.

Passenger Cars
15 16 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 Share +/-
1 1 Stelvio 41,582 37.9% -25% 55,703 37.8% n/a
3 2 Giulietta 30,867 28.1% -2% 31,374 21.3% -32%
2 3 Giulia 28,538 26.0% -41% 48,521 33.0% 107%
4 4 MiTo 8,274 7.5% -24% 10,906 7.4% -26%
5 5 4C Coupè 553 0.5% -25% 741 0.5% -62%

Total 109,814
-25% 147,245
71%

08 October 2019

Land Rover Production (UK) : 2017/18


LR's UK production has held up pretty well considering offshore facilities have been opening up. The Evoque and Discovery Sport are made in Brazil to a modest degree. The facility in China - making the same models - is somewhat larger. Now a new plant in Slovakia has started assembling the Discovery.

Despite the above, volume was +6% in 2017 and -10% in 2018. The new Velar helped offset the now being replaced Evoque and likewise now being updated Discovery Sport. So for 2018, the Range Rover Sport, Velar and Range Rover all increased in numbers made here.

Passenger Cars
17 18 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 % +/-
2 1 RR Sport 81,537 23.0% 3% 78,882 19.9% -13%
6 2 Velar 60,722 17.1% 24% 48,845 12.4% n/a
1 3 Evoque 57,982 16.4% -31% 84,017 21.2% -13%
3 4 Discov Sport 57,006 16.1% -25% 75,516 19.1% -15%
4 5 Range Rover 56,672 16.0% 1% 55,844 14.1% 2%
5 6 Discovery 40,506 11.4% -22% 52,257 13.2% 31%

Total 354,425
-10% 395,451
6%

06 October 2019

Fiat Brand Production (Italy) : 2017/18

Fiat Panda

Fiat's Italian vehicle production was reduced in 2018, down 9% in total. Fiat has plants in several countries so this is only a part of the total production. The 500X model increased 13% while the rest fell in numbers. The Panda was down 12% and the aging Punto -48%. The Ducato van accounts for about 95% of the CV total.

With sales in Europe on a downward trajectory in 2019, one would assume a decrease will be recorded next year as well. The 2018 figure (481,000) was the lowest since 2014 (400,000).

Passenger Cars
17 18 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 % +/-
1 1 Panda 174,580 55.4% -12% 197,299 56.5% 2%
2 2 500X 113,772 36.1% 13% 100,958 28.9% -13%
3 3 Punto 26,659 8.5% -48% 51,242 14.7% -17%

Total 315,011
-10% 349,499


Commercial Vehicles
17 18 Model 2018 % +/- 2017 Share +/-
1 1 Ducato 156,767 94.3% -5% 164,227 90.5% -4%
2 2 Panda Van 8,028 4.8% -47% 15,181 8.4% 9%
3 3 Punto Van 1,396 0.1% -31% 2,021 1.1% 69%

Total 166,191
-8% 181,429



Gr Total 481,202
-9% 530,928