11 December 2019

Car Industry Pics

This isn't a cheap toy designed by a five year old. It's a pick up truck
prototype supposed to impress adults. Amazingly, some have been.


This picture makes me think of Saudi Arabia. Can't think why


 Carlos Ghosn has acted inappropriately at times. He has come
 up against a punitive and harsh 
Japanese judicial system.
 Maybe he isn't as guilty as he's being 
made out to be. 

Staying with things Japanese, this is the Suzuki Spacia Gear.
I applaud expressive design but this may be taking things too far.

09 December 2019

Lotus Evija

It certainly looks like a super car

Chinese automotive group Geely bought a controlling stake in 2017 of Lotus. Making money has been an issue with Lotus, selling premium sports cars in a tiny segment. How could the company fix that issue? An obvious route is bring out an SUV and that has been penned in for 2022. In the meantime it will be going upmarket with a super car, due out in 2020.

The name is Evija (E-vi-ya) and it's electric with a range up to 250 miles (of course the range is affected by how you drive it). Only 130 will be made, which is how such cars retain a stronger resale value with their exclusivity. The pricing is from £1.5 million to £2 million. It delivers 2,000 ps and 1,700 Nm of torque, enough to send it to 60 mph in under 3 seconds and have a top speed of over 200 miles per hour. Lotus says the car can be charged from zero to 80 percent in 12 minutes using a 350kW charger, a full charge taking only 18 minutes.

The first thing that came to my mind is the Evija is well above the rest of the Lotus range in price and quality. Does the marque have the cachet to make this leap to another level of sports car? I'm sure the quality is there but people do buy into what a brand represents. If it was, say a Mclaren, I wouldn't even be asking this question. In answer, I think Lotus does carry sufficient prestige to make this happen, although the market will ultimately decide.

Summary: Lotus should still make more modestly priced sports cars but it cannot make a business case in that segment alone. It has to branch out. With a super car and later an SUV, the foundation has been laid for a successful financial future. It now has the backing of the Geely Auto Group to make that happen.

07 December 2019

Argentina Car/LCV Production : 2017-18 (By Make)


Argentina has a protected car industry to ensure a car assembly industry. The problem is the economic situation can quickly go from hot to cold and back again. Still, there must be a business case to invest in the industry.

Passenger Cars:

On the plus side Fiat accounted for 25.6% of the total, up from 16.1% courtesy of a 63% jump in units made. Renault was slightly higher and Toyota entered the arena with the Fortuner SUV. All the others dropped to varying degrees. In total volume was up 2%.

Passenger Cars
17 18 Brand Units '18 Share +/- Units '17 Share
2 1 Fiat 53,385 25.6% 63% 32,719 16.1%
1 2 GM 36,335 17.4% -28% 50,388 24.7%
4 3 Renault 29,202 14.0% 2% 28,736 14.1%
- 4 Toyota 27,865 13.4% n/a -
3 5 Ford 15,766 7.6% -47% 29,553 14.5%
5 6 VW 15,437 7.4% -27% 21,094 10.4%
6 7 Peugeot 11,968 5.7% -43% 21,077 10.3%
7 8 Honda 9,597 4.6% -7% 10,312 5.1%
8 9 Citroën 9,018 4.3% -8% 9,815 4.8%

Total 208,573
2% 203,694

LCVs:

Toyota is the main manufacturer but did fall 10%. VW and Ford were up but Renault fell heavily, the Kangoo the model they make here. Nissan is new, with the Navara pick-up joining the ranks. Overall, there was a 4% drop.

Light Commercial Vehicles
17 18 Brand Units '18 Share +/- Units '17 Share
1 1 Toyota 113,360 43.9% -10% 125,520 46.5%
2 2 VW 61,247 23.7% 12% 54,813 20.3%
3 3 Ford 52,849 20.5% 9% 48,628 18.0%
4 4 Renault 10,979 4.3% -57% 25,577 9.5%
5 5 Peugeot 9,242 3.6% -1% 9,323 3.5%
6 6 Citroën 6,186 2.4% 6% 5,853 2.2%
- 7 Nissan 4,213 1.6% n/a -

Total 258,076
-4% 269,714

Gr Tot 466,649
-1% 473,408

Summary: A tiny 1% decrease was experienced, not worth mentioning so please disregard that. However, 2019 is a different story. For the first ten months, production was down a third. I haven't got a breakdown by manufacturer but that will come in about a years time. As for exports, most go to Brazil, about two thirds of the total.

05 December 2019

New Zealand Car of the Year : 2019

The New Zealand Car of the Year for 2019 by the NZ Motoring Writers Guild has been announced. The ten car list was: The Audi e-tron, Ford Focus, Holden Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jaguar I-Pace, Mazda 3, Mercedes GLE, Peugeot 508, Tesla Model 3 and Toyota RAV4. To show the change going on in the car industry, three of the ten finalists were BEVs.  No, not Aunt Bev's but rather that means fully electric cars.

The Criteria covered how the vehicle performs its intended role; styling, interior design and accommodation; fit, finish and quality; ride and refinement; performance; road-holding and handling; value for money; active and passive safety and environmental responsibility.

The Winner: Jaguar i-Pace.

Guild president Richard Edwards says the I-Pace's innovative design and specification was the determining factors to its selection . "The Jaguar I-Pace is an impressive car. Its unique design offers buyers the chance to have both a sports car and SUV at the same time, while also offering the latest in convenience and safety features."


Picture source: http://www.nzautocar.co.nz/

02 December 2019

Jaguar i-Pace Sales 2019 (by nation - Jan-Sep)


The i-Pace is gathering pace as cars reach their customers around the world. I am unsure of the production ceiling, I have heard 20,000 pa but Jaguar hasn't stated what it is as far as I know. Anyway, here are some nations that are selling them and that I have data for. If anyone can add to the list, please contact me either by a comment or rdc1234@gmail.com. I would like to be a collaborative effort if possible.

I will update the list during the year.The 2018 totals are first, then comes the 2019 total. No, the Netherlands isn't a typo. It really did roar in 2018 but a change of incentives flattened sales. More countries have been added for 2019, bringing the total to 34 nations listed below. Israel may be slightly higher than listed.

Monthly average sales are 1,400 so far. It would appear that battery supply is the main constraint but other factors will also figure. Data is compiled from many sources so it would be nice to compare it with official Jaguar data, if such were possible. In light of that, the figures are indicative only. A full 2018 is compared with the first nine months of 2019. Last updated 01.12.19


# Nation 2018 2019

1 UK 841 3,075

2 Norway 1,081 2,820

3 USA 393 1,842

4 Germany 191 704

5 Belgium 116 423

6 Portugal 23 378

7 Switzerland 63 365

8 France 130 331

9 Canada 41 295

10 Netherlands 3,495 253

11 Austria 64 179

11 Sweden 78 179

13 Italy 88 162

14 Spain 66 148

15 Australia 39 126

16 Russia 16 104

17 Finland 12 83

18 Turkey 38 76

19 Denmark 12 75

20 New Zealand 2 69

21 Brazil 0 59

22 Poland 16 58

23 Iceland 0 49

24 Korea 0 44

25 RSA 4 42

26 Czech Republic 13 39

27 Ireland 3 36

28 Israel 0 35

29 Greece 0 25

30 Romania 0 21

31 Mexico 2 13

31 Singapore 0 13

33 Slovakia 0 8

34 Slovenia 0 6

35 Estonia 1 5


Others 65 1,912

Total 6,893 14,052

Iceland Premium Brand Comparison : 2017-19 (2019 Jan -Nov)


Iceland isn't big on premium cars, none of which make the top ten ranking here. Sales were flat in 2017 and with one month to go in 2019 are down a third. This is in harmony with the market as a whole. What is noticeable is that while the German big three were at the forefront of the premium segment, lately that has changed. In a world that is obsessed with that trio, it's refreshing to see that Icelandic folk are more savvy.

Volvo and JLR are someway ahead, with Mercedes recently slipping back and now third. The BMW Group and Audi swap places while the rest are someway behind. With one month to go in 2019, the list shouldn't change much by year's end but I will update it anyway. In the % column, the total row the number is increase or decrease but for all the marques it represents market share.

Years Brands 2019 % 2018 % 2017 %
17 18 19 Total 1,362 -33.0 2,034 -1.1 2,057 27.1
3 1 1 Volvo 386 28.3 598 29.4 358 17.4
2 2 2 JLR 325 23.9 376 18.5 421 20.5

Land Rover 242 17.8 332 16.3 366 17.8
Jaguar 83 6.1 44 2.2 55 2.7
1 3 3 Mercedes 184 13.5 354 17.4 520 25.3
4 5 4 BMW Group 183 13.4 268 13.2 313 15.2

BMW 156 11.5 218 10.7 300 14.6
Mini 27 2.0 50 2.5 13 0.6
5 4 5 Audi 156 11.5 303 14.9 253 12.3
7 6 6 Lexus 59 4.3 76 3.7 78 3.8
8 8 7 Tesla 44 3.2 3 0.1 9 0.4
6 7 8 Porsche 22 1.6 53 2.6 102 5.0
9 8 9 Alfa Romeo 3 0.2 3 0.1 3 0.1

Data source: Samgongustofa.